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Life in school naturally brings international understanding and respect for one another. The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) ( is taught in English. EMIS is an authorized IB World School. These schools share a common philosophy: a commitment to high quality, challenging and international education that EMIS believes is important for our students.


The Pre-IB program at EMIS is a one-year program for students in grade 10 who aspire to join the IB Diploma Program in years 11 and 12. It is a skill-based program that develops a variety of approaches to learning of each student such as: thinking, communication, self-management, research, and social skills. Each course teaches key concepts and provides experiential learning opportunities for each learner.


The EMIS CAS program enables students to engage with issues of social importance and to learn of different communities in Israel. Our students' commitment to volunteering in under-privileged communities demonstrates the use of education as a way of improving the life of others. We hope that by doing so, our students will gain new experiences and insights that will support their attitudes and well-being today, and in the future.

Life in school naturally brings international understanding and respect for one another. The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) ( is taught in English. EMIS is an authorized IB World School. These schools share a common philosophy; a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that EMIS believes is important for our students. We have developed, in partnership with Tel Aviv University and the renowned Israeli high-tech industry, a unique extracurricular program to provide all students with entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, all students create or join an entrepreneurial project, whether it be individually or in a group, with a focus on social, business or both, to be completed throughout the two year course. We believe in providing our students with the education and tools that will enable them to make their dreams a reality in any area they choose; be it the arts, science, business or social change. Environmental studies are a dominant field of our education with special emphasis on learning about the deserts and arid zones prevalent in our region. We are partnered with Tel Aviv University Porter School for Environmental Studies to offer our students a unique, cutting-edge academic and practical experience. The region’s rich history that dates back to the beginning of civilization sets the base for history and religious and language studies. Community service is also an integral part of life on campus and aims to merge the students with local communities in neighboring Israeli and Palestinian communities.

The IB Diploma Programme

EMIS offers a range of IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses in Grades 11 and 12 that allow students to plan a track of study best suited to their individual strengths, interests, and goals. In implementing the exceptional curriculum of the IBDP, our experienced international faculty members support all learners and their specific learning styles. The combination of Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) courses along with the considerable latitude available in choosing an Extended Essay topic, allows each student to focus in-depth on mathematics, humanities or sciences. At the same time, the student enjoys the benefits of a broad-based liberal arts education. During the two years of the Diploma Programme, students have ample opportunity to review their work, knowledge, and skills with their teachers prior to internal and external assessments. A range of practice tests and assessments prepare students for externally graded examinations in their final year.

Hakfar Hayarok (Hebrew for The Green Village) is a youth village and an education center. Within short driving distance from Tel Aviv.

The IB learner Profile

The IB learner profile is 10 attributes which translate the IB mission to the learning process the schools apply for their students. All IB students strive to achieve these attributes during their learning process and beyond. The IB teaches lifelong skills and qualities, to create skilled and responsible individuals with a considerable role in society.

The Curriculum at EMIS

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a 2-year course in which students continue all selected subjects for the full duration of their time at EMIS. The selection of courses is, therefore, an important consideration that can help guide students down a path in preparation for university. Some university admissions departments have specific requirements for their academic programs, so students should do research prior to choosing their subjects.


EMIS offers a strong list of IB subject options for a school its size, but not every course is always available. Subject offerings depend on faculty scheduling, student demand, timetabling restrictions, and other factors. In some cases, future students of EMIS will have to make difficult decisions based on the range of subject options available through our particular schedule.


All IB students take six subjects: three at Higher Level, in which subjects are studied at greater depth and take more time, and three at Standard Level. 

· Group 1 (Native-Level Language A)

· Group 2 (Language acquisition -Language B and ab initio)

· Group 3 (Humanities)

· Group 4 (Sciences)

· Group 5 (Mathematics)

· Group 6 (Arts)*

*Group 6 is optional; students can choose to study an additional subject from any of the 1-4 groups instead.

You can find full information about the Diploma Programme, along with course descriptions, by clicking here!

IB Requirements

Students choose one course from each of six groups during their years in the Diploma Programme (DP1 and DP2). Students study three courses at the Standard Level (typically 150 teaching hours) and three at the Higher Level (240 hours), which provides the flexibility to delve deeply into each student’s strongest subjects while providing a broad base of knowledge. Students may choose either an Arts subject from group 6 or a second subject from Groups 1 to 5. Students study and take examinations in English.

Subjects: All IB students do six subjects and the requisite Diploma Programme Core components:

· Core: Extended Essay (EE), Creativity Action Service (CAS), and Theory of Knowledge (TOK).

· Group 1: Language and Literature (Language A)

· Group 2: Language acquisition (Language B)

· Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Humanities)

· Group 4: Sciences

· Group 5: Mathematics

· Group 6: Arts

Students must select one subject each from Groups 1-5. Group 6 is optional; students can choose to study an additional subject from any of Groups 3-4.

Levels: Students will take some subjects at the Higher Level (HL) and others at the Standard Level (SL). HL courses are studied in greater depth and take up considerably more time for students in the DP. HL courses involve a minimum of 240 teaching hours, while the minimum for SL courses is 150 teaching hours. The IB requires all students to study a minimum of 3 subjects at the Higher Level (not more than 4 HLs), and the remaining subjects at the Standard Level.

EMIS Course Offerings 2021-2023:

Group 1: Language and Literature (Language A)

Arabic A Language & Literature – SL & HL

English A Language & Literature – SL & HL

Hebrew A Literature – SL & HL

Self-Taught Literature – SL only

Group 2: Language Acquisition (Language B)

French Ab Initio – SL only Spanish Ab Initio – SL only Russian Ab initio – SL only (subject to demand) English B – HL only Spanish B – HL only (subject to demand)

Group 3: Humanities

Economics – SL & HL

Global Politics – SL & HL

Social & Cultural Anthropology – SL & HL

Philosophy – SL & HL

Environmental Systems & Societies -SL only

Group 4: Sciences

Biology – SL & HL Chemistry – SL & HL Physics – SL & HL Computer Science – SL & HL Environmental Systems & Societies -SL only

Group 5: Mathematics

Math Applications & Interpretations – SL only

Math Analysis and Approaches – SL & HL

Group 6: The Arts

Visual Arts – HL only Dance – SL & HL


* HL – Higher Level / * SL – Standard Level

*Courses will depend on faculty availability, student demand, timetabling restrictions, and other factors.


In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

Unique Features

The Diploma Programme has three other unique features:

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary course designed to stimulate critical thinking and reflection. It challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, be aware of bias, and learn to analyze the evidence used in presenting an argument.
Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) encourage students to involve themselves beyond the curriculum in the arts, athletics, and service to others. Over the two-year Diploma Programme, students involve themselves in the three CAS areas, developing and sharing their energies and talents while they learn to work cooperatively.
The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word essay that all IB Diploma Programme students write on a topic of special interest drawn from their studies. With the guidance of an advisor, each student conducts independent research, prepares her ideas, and organizes material for her essay. The skills and techniques honed in creating the Extended Essay provide a valuable foundation for university.

Assessment in the diploma program

A key feature of the International Baccalaureate is its emphasis on criterion-based assessment of performance. All examinations held in Grade 12, at the end of the two-year Diploma Programme, are graded externally by IB examiners. Grades are awarded on a scale of one to seven, with seven being the highest.

In addition to their exam grades, students may receive up to three bonus points for combined performance in the Theory of Knowledge course and the Extended Essay. An International Baccalaureate Diploma is awarded to students who graduate with at least 24 points, up to a maximum of 45 points.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate).

Language Considerations

All students will be required to complete a placement test in English upon their arrival at EMIS. It is not part of your EMIS grades, it is just to help us advise you as you choose an English class.

Language A: Language and Literature subjects are intended for students whose native language is the subject of study. All students are required to take at least 1 Language A subject, and some students who have the ability may choose 2 Language A subjects. Students who complete 2 Language A subjects will receive a “Bilingual Diploma” and don’t have to do a Language B subject. Only students with a native or near-native level of proficiency should seriously consider 2 Language A subjects. EMIS offers Language A subjects with a regular classroom teacher in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. Students whose level of Arabic or English is not fully proficient or near-native should select as their Language A subject their mother tongue language, keeping in mind that they will be required to take the course as “Self-Taught.”

Bilingual Diploma: The possibility of graduating from EMIS with a Bilingual Diploma is of particular appeal to many students. Interested students can achieve the requirements by completing two languages from Group 1 (Language A).

Language A Self-Taught Literature: Students considering a “Self-Taught” Language A subject should know that the selected language should be their mother-tongue (or best) language. The “Self-Taught” course, as indicated by the title, does not have a regular classroom instructor. Students in “Self-Taught” must arrange (and pay as needed) for a tutor outside of the school who will help with the selection of required books and will guide portions of their Written Assignment and Individual Oral Commentary. Students should only select a course in “Self-Taught” if they have the ability to manage their time and complete significant coursework independently of a regular instructor. The course can be rewarding but is not suited for everyone. The school provides a Self-Taught Coordinator who meets with students on a weekly basis and facilitates the IB assessments. Keep in mind that “Self-Taught” is not available at the Higher Level (HL). For a full list of available “Self-Taught” language courses, request information from the EMIS DP Coordinator or visit

Language Ab Initio: “Ab Initio” (meaning from the beginning) is a language acquisition course intended for students with little or no experience in the language.

Language B: This is a language acquisition course for students with some previous experience in learning the language (or a Basic A1 or A2 proficiency as understood through the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Science Considerations

Students may initially choose whichever Science they want. However, after a few weeks a test will be given to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate course. IB Science courses are challenging, and it is important that students are placed in a subject in which they can be successful.

Certain countries require students studying in their universities to complete a Higher Level science of some kind. Students should look into the particular admissions requirements with the universities of interest to them and their future course of study.

Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) is an interdisciplinary subject in the IB that allows students who take the course to have it count as either a Group 3 or a Group 4 subject, or as both a Group 3 and Group 4 subject. Moreover, it is an important subject for EMIS because it aligns with our mission of sustainability.

The Pre-IB program at EMIS is a one-year program for students in grade 10 who aspire to join the IB Diploma Program in years 11 and 12. It is a skill-based program that develops a variety of approaches to learning of each student such as: thinking, communication, self-management, research, and social skills. Each course teaches key concepts and provides experiential learning opportunities for each learner. Experienced IB teachers design each course and use a personalized approach to help support a growth mindset and develop self-efficacy in each student. All subjects are taught in English, and students are encouraged to develop their English language proficiency with an individualized approach. In every course of the Pre-IB program, students will work collaboratively with their peers from all over the world, and in doing so, develop intercultural understanding and respect. Students live on campus, interact with peers from over 50 countries, with diverse cultures, religions and world views and take part in the unique social and academic opportunities EMIS offers. This environment promotes tolerance, cross- cultural understanding and empathy, which complements the academically challenging courses offered at EMIS. Passing to the IB Diploma Program is conditional and based upon the end of year exams of the Pre-IB program, overall performance and effort and, ultimately the decision of the pedagogy team.


Course Offerings


All students will take either a Math Core or Math Advanced course. Upon arrival, a placement exam will determine which level is appropriate for each student. 


All students will take either an English Core, English Intermediate, or English Literature course.

All of our courses include the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing English skills. Upon arrival, a placement exam will determine which level is appropriate for each student. 

Science & Humanities:

Student choice and course selection is an essential part of being a student of the Pre-Ib program at EMIS. Your learning journey begins with choosing from our academic offerings in both science and humanities education.  Students in the Pre-IB program choose at least 4 of the following 6 courses on offer:

Science Courses:

Students will be given the choice between four options. Learners with a deep interest in the sciences can choose up to three courses.  


This course will focus upon concepts from biology and chemistry, including cell and atom theory, Human physiology, genetics, chemical bonding & reactions, biochemistry, & organic chemistry, as well as environmental science and specifically the impact of the environment on the human body and society.  


This course will focus upon concepts from physics including kinematics, and electricity. Students will use scientific data tracking and practice data analysis.  

Computer Science: 

This course offers an initial introduction to simple game design and then develops further into developing coding and programming outside of a set gamified environment.  

Environmental systems and societies (ESS):

This is an interdisciplinary course that allows students with no previous background in the sciences to explore the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies. It combines awareness of local and global environmental concerns with an understanding of the scientific methods and allows students to evaluate the scientific, ethical, and socio-political aspects of pressing environmental issues.

Humanities Courses  

Students will be given the choice between two options in the humanities. Learners with a deep interest in the humanities can choose both.  

World Religions:  

This course will examine explore the interaction between politics and world religions, as well as the development of various world religions and their cultural implications. The course explores the concepts of belief, ideology, ethics, and spirituality.  

 Global Politics:   

This course is designed for students who are curious about the contemporary world and want to explore a variety of political themes from different societies and the political issues that affect their lives. The course explores the concepts of power, sovereignty, legitimacy, peace, and violence through a case study approach.  

Mission Class   

This course will help develop the changemaker capacities of each student and will help them integrate a stronger alignment with our school mission. 

French 101 

This course will be a one semester introductory course to the French language. It will help develop each learner’s capacity to learn a new language; a skill expected of students continuing the IBDPP program.  

Both of these courses will take place on a rotation basis meaning that students will take part in either course in semester 1 or semester 2 of the Pre-IB one year program.  

Extra-Curricular Activities: 

All students will be required to participate in the same CAS program on offer to our IBDP Students and choose a creative pursuit, such as dance or art, an athletic activity, such as sports and fitness, or a service. 

The EMIS CAS program places students at the center of their own learning experiences, allowing them to discover for themselves what passions motivate them, where their strengths lie, what weaknesses they have to overcome and what gives them a real sense of purpose in this world. Here at EMIS, we believe fully in our mission of Making Education a Force for Sustainability and Peace in the Middle East, and this is embedded throughout our CAS curriculum, particularly in the service element, where students are exposed to local issues in the community and take the initiative to create volunteering opportunities for themselves and their peers. Our students’ commitment to volunteer in under-privileged communities demonstrates the use of education as a way of improving the life of others. CAS is an inseparable part of both EMIS and the IB programs, providing an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the DP. It is designed to enhance the development of students in their personal and interpersonal growth by learning through experience. Meaningful CAS experiences not only develop personal skills and competencies, but also contribute to communities. As CAS is an individual-based program. Students choose their own activities and projects, according to their interests, aspirations, and preferences.

What does CAS stand for?

Creativity – Experiences that encompass original thinking, including artistic activities and other learning and teaching experiences. The activities are: Green Blitz Start Up, Cooking Club, Arabic Dance, EMIS Band, Storytelling, Hebrew Culture Club, EMIS Blog, Marketing Group, Math Club, Movie Club, Model United Nations, Peer-to-Peer Instrument Learning, Photography Club, Science in Action, Arabic club, Mixer & Dance and more.


Activity – Experiences that contribute to a healthy lifestyle through participation in individual or team sports, as well as any other activity involving physical challenge. The activities are: Volleyball, Basketball, Hip Hop, Running Club, Football, Gym Club, Mixer Dance, Pilates and more​


Service – Experiences that involve interaction with individuals or groups for the benefit of the community. These experiences should contribute to others at the same time as developing a deep commitment with others to a shared cause. The activities are: Academic Committee, Animal Welfare, Announcement Team Committee Leaders, EMIS Leadership academy, Cultural Committee, Green Team- Sustainability Team, Green Team, Learning Center, Peer Support, YOCOPAS, Peace Simulation and more.​


Branding and Marketing Club

This gives the students a chance to learn about positive marketing and branding for the school and its community to enhance our mission statement and the work we do here.

Journalism Club

This club is designed to give students a voice on behalf of the school. They have the opportunity to write articles on subjects they feel are important to them, the school community and the mission statement of the school. They are in charge of the school Facebook group and contribute to the EMIS blog. It allows them to be creative and enhance their English writing skills.


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Students have a chance to be part of an ensemble where they get to play different genres of music. Led by professional musicians on the school campus, they regularly perform at events such as the opening ceremony for the Art Exhibition, ShowCASe! and Performing Arts evenings.

Model United Nations (MUN)

MUN is a well-known global program which simulates United Nations scenarios. Participants develop skills including public speaking, debate, leadership and teamwork, while gaining a wider perspective about the world and current affairs. Members of this CAS activity will develop creative solutions to world issues, discuss matters of global importance and envision ways to make our future brighter. The EMIS MUN teams have won best delegation of 2016, 2017 and 2018 and received two honorable mentions and four best delegates at TIMEMUN. They also participate in the Rosary MUN Conference in Jerusalem.

Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Peace Course

The ESP course is partnered with the Peace and Negotiation course at Tel Aviv University as well as other external leaders to promote the development of peace and sustainability in the Middle East. All EMIS students join this CAS.


In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, it is used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko (和太鼓 “Japanese drums”) and to the form of ensemble Taiko drumming that is calledkumi-daiko (組太鼓 “set of drums”). This creative activity allows students to learn how to play the Taiko drums, builds up rhythm and stamina as well as learning about another culture and having fun with it!