1. What are the goals of AMIT?
• Providing the highest levels of academic excellence as demonstrated by higher than national average test scores.
• Teaching Jewish values and helping each child reach his/her fullest potential.
• Enabling graduates to become productive members of Israeli society with the skills necessary to build a successful future.
2. What role does the AMIT network of schools play in Israel’s educational system?
Quality of education is key to the success of an individual and a country. Municipalities invite AMIT to take over their schools because of the value added to their educational system. Grades tend to go up and the quality of education improves. When AMIT takes over a school system, academic improvement can be measured by the increased level of students passing Bagrut tests (Israeli matriculation exams).
For example, when the high schools in Sderot became part of the network, scores went up over a five year period from 20% to more than 70%.
3. What does it mean to be part of a reshet?
• A reshet is a government-recognized network of educational institutions located throughout Israel.
• All networks are eligible for special government funding.
• The AMIT network is part of Israel’s public-religious education system.
• At present, the network includes schools from kindergarten through junior college.
• Network schools in municipalities can range from religious to secular.
• Schools are added to the network, generally on request of a municipality, if they meet the network’s criteria, and are approved by the AMIT Board of Directors.
4. What makes AMIT education unique?
For a child to succeed, he has to feel that he can. Teachers and staff at the AMIT schools give each child the individual attention and emotional support that is needed to build confidence.
• Academic excellence informs the unique Project 80, a program created to ensure that at least 80% of all AMIT students pass the Israeli matriculation exam (Bagrut). Proven results far exceed the country’s average, which is about 52%.
• AMIT coordinates and manages the network of schools, creates curriculum, staffs the schools, chooses principals and provides ongoing training and supervision.
• AMIT promotes ethical and moral behavior, communal responsibility and tolerance between the religious and secular populations. For example, on Yom HaZicharon (Israel’s Memorial Day) AMIT students can be found at cemeteries throughout Israel, cleaning gravestones and helping to complete minyans so Kaddish can be said for fallen soldiers.
• AMIT is independent, apolitical and Zionistic.
• AMIT integrates children from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Our excellent high school in Beersheva, for example, has a student population of which 50% are Israeli born, 30% are immigrants from the former Soviet Union and 20% are immigrants from Ethiopia.
• AMIT has specialized programs in certain schools (music, art, animal training, advanced science and technology). At the high schools in Sderot, students are learning how to train rescue dogs and will be able to enter specialized IDF units with this skill.
• AMIT students, teachers and schools have won many academic awards, including first place in the Intel Israel Competition, the International Bible Competition and many others.
5. What does AMIT add to Israel’s educational system?
The Ministry of Education is only responsible for the basic education of children from elementary through high school.
• Tutoring and extra hours of education.
• Up-to-date technology (computer rooms, language labs and science labs).
• Psychological counseling (for example, during the rocket attacks on Sderot).
• Food programs where needed (because children can’t learn on an empty stomach).
• Playgrounds, sports facilities and gardens.
• Expanded and enriched libraries.
• Education in marketable skills such as electronics, computer science, automotive electricity, furniture design, office management, general technology and others.
• Extra-curricular activities including class trips, music and dance instruction and attendance at cultural events.
6. What are the different types of programs, other than schools, found in the AMIT Network?
• Child care facilities, youth villages, surrogate family residences. These residential programs care for children who have been removed from their homes by social services and require intensive care and attention.
• Pre-army programs which prepare high school graduates for elite units in the Israel Defense Forces.
• Yeshivot Hesder, which allow young men and women to combine army service with intensive Torah studies.
• Midreshet AMIT – a unique program for young women from America and elsewhere, who have completed high school, that combines higher Judaic studies with the opportunity to serve as “big sisters” to the children in residence at AMIT Beit Hayeled, a home for children in foster care.
7. Where are the AMIT schools located?
• Seventy percent of the schools are located in development towns and peripheral areas, where the students are from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
• There are 108 schools and programs with over 25,000 students that operate throughout the country.
• Areas include Beersheva and Yerucham in the Negev, all the way up to Tzfat and Hatzor in the Galil, Kiryat Malachi and Ashkelon on the east coast and Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem.
8. What avenues do AMIT graduates pursue after graduation?
• AMIT prepares its graduates to be productive and self-sufficient members of Israeli society.
• Some 95 percent of our high school graduates serve in the Israeli army or perform National Service.
• Among our over 100,000 graduates are teachers, university professors, scientists, computer engineers, social workers, entrepreneurs, and filmmakers.
9. What is AMIT’s fiscal responsibility?
• AMIT is a non-profit organization with full control over the management of its finances and their disbursement in Israel.
• The organization has a monthly financial commitment to our network in Israel for operating expenses and capital improvements. Additional funds are allocated for all the “extras” AMIT provides.
• AMIT allocates approximately 83% of all funds raised to activities related to our programs in Israel, ranking it very high compared to other charities.
10. What is the makeup of AMIT’s supporters?
• Men and women of all ages, backgrounds and religions.
• Chapter members and regional groups throughout the country and globally, including Great Britain, France and other nations in Western Europe.
• Internet contributors throughout the world.
11. What is the role of the AMIT volunteer?
• AMIT is a volunteer-based organization with responsibilities for and control of all fiscal and policy issues. Volunteers work hand in hand with staff on activities and programs of the organization.
• AMIT volunteers include men as well as women. There are volunteer activities for members starting from college age and up.
• Volunteers are officers, serve on boards and committees, chair and host events, go on missions, and donate their time and talents for the benefit of AMIT.
• Volunteers are active fundraisers and educated ambassadors of good will for AMIT.