The program was launched in 2004/5 in two schools, and the first participants graduated high school in 2007.
In 2010/11 there were about 2,700 participants from 15 schools in 9 localities
with low socioeconomic rating, representing different population sectors – Jews (religious and secular), Bedouins and Druze.
More than 2,600 pupils have completed the program until 2012/13.
Program Results 2011/12:
Out of the 2,042 participants from 9th-12th grades in 20011/12, 472 graduated high school.
Before entering the program in 9th grade (2008/9), these students had an adjasted average grade of 47.5 and an average of 7.3 failing grades.
♦ 64.6% of the participants gained a matriculation diploma.
♦ The average matriculation rate in all participating schools went up from 52.2% to 67.5% (15.3% increase) – which is significantly higher than the national average of 59.8% and the rate in localities with similar socioeconomic rating, and even exceeds the rate in well-established localities.
♦ The matriculation in about 20% of the participating schools increased by more than 20%.
♦ A significant drop in behavior problems and a significantly higher internal focus of control were noted among the participants.
♦ 97.1% of the pupils who entered the program remained in the educational system until the end of 12th grade.
♦ 21.4% of all the pupils who received a matriculation diploma in the participating schools in 2011/12 are “Start” graduates.
2. Start for Academy
Start to Academy is a continuation program for Tafnit Start Program in high schools which has been established based on the understating that in order to allow equal opportunities for youngsters in the outskirts of Israel, a long term investment is required while referring to high school and academy studies as sequel.
After getting their matriculation certificate, the program offers Start graduates assistance in academic degree studies which constitutes a main key for social mobility, self-fulfillment, and therefore, contributes to establishing their social belonging as grown-ups.
Over 160 students' graduates of Tafnit Start Program began studying in high education institutions in the 2012/13 academic year for an academic degree or certificate studies. These youngsters, who have had the lowest chance of graduating 12 years of studies and were on the verge of dropping out of schools, prove that everyone is able.
The program has two focus of action:
In the academy: Start graduates enjoy scholarships and existing scholarships in recognized academic institutions in Israel based on their socio-economic status. There is cooperation between part of the institutions to Yeholot organization in which a broader and wider assistance package is given including consulting by the program coordinator from the academic institution itself.
Pre academic: The program offers assistance in funding a preparation course for the psychometric exam, completion of matriculation exams and consulting registration to preparatory course for academic studies.
3. Tafnit for Matriculation – “Last Hurdle” Program
Implemented in schools with a low rate of matriculation success, the Last Hurdle program targets 10th-12th grade pupils who failed, or are expected by their school to fail the matriculation exam in one particular (“obstacle”) subject, which remains their “last hurdle” to a matriculation certificate.
The program employs Tafnit’s principles of accelerated learning over one semester for each subject. It takes place mainly after school hours and in intensive “learning marathons” outside the school. With few exceptions,the teachers are members of the school staff who received specialized training beforehand.
The program is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the municipal education departments in participating localities.
Results over the past 5 years:
♦ About 93% of all the pupils who entered the program have passed the matriculation exam in the obstacle subject successfully.
♦ About 99% of the pupils who entered the program completed it and took the matriculation exam in the “obstacle” subject.
4. High School Academia
Launched in 2005, High School Academia is a three-year program starting in 10th grade that works in full coordination with the school and strives to enrich existing learning and social activities. The program supports students scholastically, socially and emotionally whilst demanding high standards and complete commitment to success from all its participants. The program is aimed at leading the students to completion of high school with a matriculation diploma of a level that enables acceptance to academic institutions (4 units in English and a minimum of 21 study units in total).
The program also emphasizes value-education, by which its graduates are directed towards leadership and community service.
The program targets high school students on a matriculation exam track with average grades, yet with high motivation for success and with no behavioral problems. Preference is given to students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. The students chosen form a home room class and they become the school's "academic class".
The Academia class study in small groups, with individual attention and constant review by the teachers, the school's program coordinator, school counselor and psychologist. A steering committee made up of the school principal, therapeutic staff and teachers monitors each and every pupil to help them achieve success. Participants enjoy an after school activities of academic, social and experiential nature.
In 2009-10, there were 1,020 students in the program in 12 schools in eight different localities. The average matriculation success rate of these students is 90%.
5. Academia Program
Academia is an educational program that aims to grant equal opportunity for academic success for mid-achieving students from disadvantaged homes by accompanying them from 10th grade until the end of their academic studies. Academia is unique in taking a long-term view and measuring success by the number of participants who received a BA degree and not only by those who attain a matriculation certificate.
Academia was launched in 2001 in the belief that high school students living in the social and geographic periphery could "fall between the cracks" and not realize their potential for higher education.
The program is structured in 3 phases: during high school ( above: high achool academia), during military or national service and during university.
During military or national service- the program staff keeps in contact with them through annual national seminars and individual guidance in issues connected with academic studies.
In university, undergraduate studies, the students receive assistance according to their socio-economic status, which includes tuition or living stipend, tutoring and enrichment activities. As all the students in our scholarship programs, they are required to engage in community work that matches their skills, for example via the Perach Tutorial Project.
Academia is operating groups in 8 high schools, including 700 youth. In addition, 700 Academia participants have graduated high school and are doing military or national service, and approximately 170 have embarked on higher education.