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As a boarding school, we know that all children are different and would ideally like to meet you and your child, allow you to experience the school and get to know you all so that we fully understand your needs. However, we have students from over 40 countries already studying with us, so we know that it isn’t always easy to come and visit the school. This is why we have created a process where you can find out everything you need to know about the school from our website.

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We look forward to welcoming you.
Maya Kogan-Elias, Director of Admissions |

CEO of EMIS and Hakfar Hayarok

Dr. Kobi Naveh (Sisco)

My life became intertwined with this beautiful campus in 1968. I arrived at Hakfar Hayarok as a high school student myself, and since then I have held many positions here.  For the past 15 years, I have served as the General Director of this wonderful educational village that hosts EMIS.   

Hakfar Hayarok has come a long way since it was founded in 1950 to give young immigrants the farming skills needed in those days. Now, we teach the young students of today the crafts of tomorrow and provide them with the exceptional education and skills they need to become future leaders.

With approximately 2500 students on campus, the main school of Hakfar Hayarok is Israel’s finest, with a 100% successful matriculation rate and the highest ranking in the Ministry of Education’s National Growth and Efficiency Indicators testing.  Hakfar Hayarok consistently ranks best school for student and teacher satisfaction, and when both sides are happy that really says it all!

Hakfar Hayarok offers students a wealth of activities, enrichment programs and innovative opportunities to learn and grow, ranging from chess and orienteering to our robotics team that competes in the NASA-sponsored world championships.

Every summer, we hold an international environmental leadership conference for youth ,   and throughout the year maintain active relations and exchange programs with schools in 25 countries.

Four years ago, we were joined by Oded Rose, and set out to open an international school on campus. The result is EMIS, the Eastern Mediterranean International School. We are deeply committed to academic excellence, extracurricular enrichment and the environment on both local and global levels here at Hakfar Hayarok– and EMIS fits right in with our vision of innovation, initiative, and the courage to dream. We envision education as we do the environment: nurturing from the roots up, for sustainable growth and branches that will transcend borders.

Along with myself, the management, teachers, parents, and of course, the students, we are committed to spreading this light, doing good and expanding our unique microcosm into a model for a better tomorrow for everyone.

Our Founder

Oded Rose

When I was 16 I was fortunate to have an incredible two-year experience at an international boarding school in Canada. We were 3-4 from the Middle East among 200 students from 80 countries. I realized how the power of education, and more so a total immersion in this international community, can develop a deep sense of appreciation for other people from different backgrounds and even across conflicts, such as we unfortunately have here in the Middle East and in many other parts of the world.

I came back to Israel and had a long career in the local high-tech industry. But all along I kept dreaming of bringing my experience to our region. Through the collaboration with many who supported this endeavor and overcoming numerous challenges we opened EMIS in September 2014 with a strong class representing over 30 nationalities and with 40% of the students from the Middle East. EMIS allows its students to get to know each other in quite a neutral setting, build bridges while offering opportunities they could not have before.

EMIS is a platform for change, for entrepreneurship, for peace, sustainability, for dreams and for hope.

I want to thank our courageous students and their families, our incredible staff and our many supporters for making this dream a reality.

OUR Director

Hadas Gottlieb

I hope you are enjoying your tour of our website. There is much to say and much to learn about our unique school. But, honestly, it is impossible to fully know what EMIS is without being a part of it, because EMIS is defined by its people. The school for change is itself ever-changing, constantly shaped the students and staff who are the driving force of our community. You too will have your own impact on EMIS once you become part of our school.

My main role as a director at EMIS is to create opportunities for learning and growth, and to learn and grow with you. Because we wish for each member of our community to have the ability to change reality in school and beyond, we aim for a flexible and open atmosphere. Neither you nor I can know exactly how you will experience EMIS, because it is up to you to decide for yourself how to use the special opportunities here. I can only promise you that we will be welcoming you with open arms and curiosity about the way you are going to change our school.

With genuine faith in your power to lead and change, I warmly invite you to try and join us.