About Schools in Rehovot
The following information was contributed by one of our visitors, Prof. Eystein Husebye, from Norway, who was with us for the academic year 2001 -2002.
In addition to local schools, there are international schools in several locations in Israel, but not in Rehovot. Examples are the American school in Hertzlia and the Tabitah School for Girls in Jaffa. These schools are both expensive to attend, and difficult to reach within a reasonable amount of commuting time. My recommendation is to let your children attend the local schools in Rehovot. There are both kindergartens, an elementary school (Bchor Levi), and a junior high/high school (Amos De Shalit) located close to the Institute. (There are also religious schools in the area.) Even if it is difficult in the beginning, the children will be able to play with other children and make friends, which is very important.
We brought our children's school books from home to Israel. In classes where our children were unable to follow the teaching, they worked with their own books.
The Visiting Scientist department is very helpful with organising schooling. They arrange admission to the schools, and even participate in meetings. They are also available to help to convey messages, since most of the information from the schools is given in Hebrew. Remember to bring your vaccination records with you.
Your child may have difficulty in communicating with the other children in the beginning. However, children pick up the language relatively quickly, and quite a number of Israeli pupils speak English, which makes it easier for English-speaking foreigners. If possible, your child should be introduced to Hebrew before coming to Israel. Books and CD's can be ordered on the Internet (e.g. http://www.jewishsoftware.com) and basic information can also be obtained at the following addresses:
Israeli schools are without charge, but all teaching materials (books, pencils etc) must be provided by the parents. A fee is paid to cover special events and trips, about 1000 NIS per child per year.
Textbooks and other school materials can be purchased in a number of stores. There is a bookstore on the Institute campus at the Dwek center. There is also a bookstore on Rehov Hanassi Harishon close to the Institute, and one on Derech Yavne (best collection of books).
Dress code and Holiday celebrations
Pupils attending Amos De Shalit School have to wear T-shirts with the school's emblem. T-shirts can be purchased in several local stores in Rehovot. Holidays are celebrated in school with special arrangements (i.e. before Rosh Hashana, Chanukah, Purim, Pesach). Ask your teacher and fellow pupils what the children should wear (often white shirts), and what to bring. It is also wise to contact the teacher if your child's birthday is to be celebrated in school.