Israel Center for Excellence through Education
Academics

 

Inventive teaching styles motivate our students – the leaders of the twenty-first century. The carefully planned curriculum encourages students towards broad, inspired thinking, and socially responsibility. In addition to required courses, students select one of four academic tracks – art, science, music or the humanities. Students are encouraged to build a multi-disciplinary study program.

  • Study options include: Chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, music, sculpture, the visual arts, or a combination of two or more. 
  • Through the “Ethics in Science and the Humanities” curriculum, IASA ensures that moral and ethical principles are part of every subject.  
  • Factual knowledge is secondary to mastering how to learn, and employing logical thinking tools.

Academic Departments

 

Science

After introductory course trials, students choose one of the following academic concentrations within the science track.  

  •  Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Advanced mathematics

Skill building and development includes the following:

  • Reading and writing scientific texts in Hebrew and English;
  • Independent learning; planning, experimentation
  • Operating a computerized laboratory;
  • Using advanced data analysis tools;
  • Understanding the cultural, historical, philosophical, and ethical aspects of science in society.


In addition to an in-depth understanding of one subject, students are encouraged to slowly add other science topics, as well as history, philosophy of science, or ethical issues.  Optional electives for older students include: astronomy, astrophysics, chaos theory, global warming, the brain, or computer simulations.  We continue to design courses in response to emerging scientific trends.

 

Music

Led by outstanding musicians, this intimate department offers a family atmosphere. Days and evenings find students surrounded by formal and informal musical activities. 

Department goals include: inspiring mastery of instruments, creativity, and musical research. Students spend twenty hours each week in:

  • Musical theory and musical ear development;
  • Composition creativity, orchestration and improvisation;
  • Mastery of instrumental professionalism;
  • Group participation (chamber, choir, ensembles, orchestras, rock bands);
  • Master classes with esteemed artists;
  • Electronic laboratory, computers and innovative software;
  • Frequent recitals, concerts, and guest events.

Students participate in a nationally unrivaled range of activities, receive personal guidance, and develop a broad theoretical foundation. Independent work is encouraged and students are invited to use the electronic laboratory equipped with computers, innovative software, musical instruments, and editing equipment.

In 2008, students wrote and presented a highly original and acclaimed musical, “Happily Ever After,” in addition to achieving awards in national and international competitions.

Art

The art program — designed in collaboration with artists and researchers from Bezalel Art Academy and Hebrew University – stresses theory, cultural context, technical skills, and art history research. Course options include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, computer and video work, art history, and ancient, modern and contemporary art forms.

Students explore:

  • Drawing, watercolor and oils at an academic level, and mastery of the visual language;
  • Sculpture and a variety of media, including metal, concrete and wood;
  • Photography, developing & printing, alternative techniques, video & computer input;
  • Interdisciplinary approaches.

Students are encouraged to study one science or humanities area and pursue a guided, independent research topic.

 

Humanities

The dilemmas of modern society, both nationally and beyond, are confronted. Classical philosophy is combined with Jewish sources to create an integrated worldview. The curriculum includes a critical analysis of historical texts, focusing on the integration of humanities and a number of areas including:

  • Civics
  • English
  • Science
  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • Health Studies
  • Bible
  • Mathematics
  • Jewish Thought
  • Hebrew Language and Literature