The Eastern Mediterranean Interna-tional School (EMIS) is a new English-language international high school program and boarding school that will welcome its first class of students in September. The school will encourage an international and intercultural worldview and will promote personal and social leadership through a shared two-year (11th-12th grades) pre-university education and living experience.
EMIS will be situated within the beautiful Hakfar-Hayarok, a pastoral kibbutz-style campus on the border of Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon. Hakfar-Hayarok is well-known locally for being a premier environmental leadership school and youth village. EMIS students and staff will have access to the villages existing facilities and will be able to enjoy its broad activity offerings. The EMIS facilities, including dorms and classes, will be built using sustainability principles.
Regional and international
The new school's student body will be comprised of 20% Israelis, 20% Arabs and Muslims from the Middle East region and 60% other international students – making it a regional and an international experience that will empower young leadership in this region and worldwide.
EMIS will deliberately be located in a region that has both much to offer and so much to gain from such a school – the Middle East, and specifically Israel. Our mission is to make education a force for peace and sustainability in the Middle East, explains Oded Rose, the founder and Chairman of EMIS.
The school is Rose's brainchild; it has been his dream to found an international school in Israel ever since he himself left Israel as a teenager to attend an international high school in Canada. He is fulfilling his dream by teaming up with a dedicated group of international and local business leaders, educators, social activists and UWC graduates who want to make a difference in the Middle East, a region of conflict.
EMIS will welcome students aged 16-18 years old who will go through a meticulous selection process in their own countries before they are sent to Israel for two years. We are carefully selecting leaders and curious learners who want to meet like-minded students in a two-year life-transforming international experience, says Rose.
The admissions office is now open to outstanding students who are active in their community. Selected students will be offered need-based full or partial scholarships, ensuring selection is on merit and potential alone.
EMIS will offer the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Diploma, which is accepted by virtually every university around the world as the leading high school diploma globally. Additionally, the curriculum will include an exciting mix of community service, international affairs, outdoor activities and creative pursuits.
EMIS will harness Israel's expertise in eco-education as well as promote social and business entrepreneurship through partnerships with leading local academic institutes and renowned Israeli high-tech and clean-tech industries.
Peace-building summer camp
For the past four years, the EMIS Foundation has organized and ran the Arava Valley of Peace summer course. Over 150 students from over 30 countries have participated, including 40 participants from six Arab countries.
The Arava program follows the EMIS mission and focuses on environmental, peace building and cultural activities. Last summer, 41 students from 22 countries attended the program, including 14 participants from the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Iraq.
EMIS is endorsed by President Shimon Peres. It receives support from the Israeli Education and Foreign Ministries, as well as a number of foreign governments and foundations.
The I.B. Diploma Program
The International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Diploma Program prepares high school students for success in higher education and life in a global society. It is an academically challenging and balanced program designed to address the students' intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being. The program has gained recognition and respect from the worlds leading universities.
The I.B.'s extended essay requirement asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying. I.B. Diploma Program students must choose one subject from each of five groups, ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, an additional language, the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. In addition, students may choose either an arts subject or a second subject from one of the other five groups.
Three or four subjects are taken at a higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at a standard level (150 teaching hours). Students study and take examinations in English.
Written examinations are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners. In addition to academic skills, Diploma Program assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills where appropriate. Assessment tasks are designed to support and encourage good classroom teaching and learning.
For more information about the Eastern Mediterranean International School: www.em-is.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, +972-55-2273978.