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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.

Pre-DP (IB)

The Pre-DP 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. The program involves some externally examined IGCSE courses in combination with tailor-made, teacher-designed courses that aim to develop research skills and critical thinking. 


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.


The IB Diploma Programme
The IB learner profile

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.

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.

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.


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.


  • Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature (Arabic, Hebrew, English or “Self-Taught”)
  • Group 2 : English B HL, Spanish Ab Initio, French Ab Initio
  • Group 3: Economics (HL&SL), Global Politics (HL&SL), Philosophy (HL&SL), Environmental Systems and Societies (SL) 
  • Group 4: Biology (HL&SL), Physics (HL&SL), Environmental Systems and Societies (SL), Chemistry (HL&SL), Computer Science (HL&SL)
  • Group 5: Mathematics (HL&SL), Mathematical Studies (SL)
  • Group 6: Visual Art (HL & SL), Dance

* HL – Higher Level / * SL – Standard Level

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:

  1. 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 analyse the evidence used in presenting an argument.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.



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).

Pre-DP (IB)


The Pre-DP 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. The program involves some externally examined IGCSE courses in combination with tailor-made, teacher-designed courses that aim to develop research skills and critical thinking. 

All subjects are taught in English, and students are encouraged to develop their English language proficiency with an individualized approach, whether they are excelling from beginner to intermediate or are a native speaker developing their literary analysis skills.  In every course of the Pre-DP 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 pre-DP grades and the decision of the pedagogy team.



Course Offerings:

Mathematics:  All students will take the IGCSE Mathematics course, and will have the option to sit for the Core or Extended Exam.  The Core exam features less content and the highest mark available is a C, while the Extended Exam incorporates many more topics and the highest mark available is an A*.  Students’ preference, in conjunction with teacher recommendation and assessment performance throughout the first semester, will determine which exam is appropriate for each student.


English: All students will take the IGCSE English as a Second Language exam, and their course of study will be determined by placement exams during the first week of school.  Students with a more rudimentary understanding of English will take English Foundations, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while students with more advanced competency in English will take English Creativity and Literature. 


Science & Humanities:  All students will choose at least 3 of the following 4 courses on offer:

Pre-Med Foundations which combines concepts from Biology and Chemistry

Pre-Tech and Engineering Foundations which combines concepts from Computer Programming & Physics

Identity and Self-Concept which explores sociological and psychological concepts and will incorporate artistic expression

Global Politics & World Religions which will explore the unique political and religious situation of Israel in comparison with other global governments and societies. 


Character Education: All students will take Find Your Passion, which guides students in exploring their interests and future career prospects, as well as Service Learning, where students will design their own projects to contribute to diverse local communities while reflecting upon the global significance of their contributions. 


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, and a service, which will be external to the service project they develop in their service-learning course.



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, Chinese Club, Albanian Club, Global Impact, Ethical Hacking, Creative Writing, Intervoices, Hebrew Club, Improvisation Club, Improvisation Club, Journalism Club, Latin Dance, Marketing Group, Math and Computer Science Club, Mit Launch, Model United Nations, Peer-to-Peer Instrument Learning, Photography Club, Robotics, Science in Action, Taiko, Arabic club, Mixer – You-tube based performance

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: Activity Volleyball, Yoga, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Hip Hop, Running Club, Football, Gym Club, Mixer Dance, Pilates, Zumba

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- EMIS Deer Keepers, Announcement Team Committee Leaders, Cultural Committee, Elifelet, Eritrean Women’s Community Center, Fundraising Team, Green Team- Sustainability Team, Green Team- Gardening Team, Key Club, Kfar Ofarim- Permanent residence for Autistic adults, King Solomon Buddy Service, Learning Center, Mishpachtonim- Foster Care – Centers, Montessori Nursery, Moshe Sherret School, Peer Support, Ramat Chen Kindergartens, Social Committee, YOLO- You Only Live Once, Eritrean Women’s Community Center.



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.

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.

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.


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!

EMIS Football Club

Football is a CAS activity where students can be active, have fun and practice a group sport and learn new skills. The EMIS team currently participates in tournaments with other schools in the region.


Pilates allows students to work on their core strength and flexibility, and reset their mind for a balanced lifestyle.


A dance-based form of exercise that appeals to people who like to dance, sweat and listen to music from around the world. This judgement-free safe space is an EMIS favorite where students and staff can have fun, relieve stress, and release their inner dancer!


Basketball Club

The EMIS basketball team is a CAS activity initiated by EMIS students in order to “form family bonds through sport”. The team is made up of both experienced players and beginners who practice often and work towards teamwork, friendly competition and leadership. The EMIS basketball team trains weekly and participates in competitive games both on and off campus. The team recently won The Peace League Tournament at Even Yehuda American School and hopes to continue to compete on a larger scale.

Running Club

This is a student-led initiative that works on personal running goals as well as allowing them to form friendships as a running community. The running club raises money for an NGO through participating in the 10K Tel Aviv Marathon every year.



Elifelet is an NGO in South Tel Aviv which was founded in the Spring of 2012, following a hate crime, when firebombs were thrown into a daycare center for refugee children at night. Miraculously no one was injured in the attack that caused grave damaged. With the help of about 200 volunteers and many donors, Elifelet has adopted one daycare center after another, built therapeutic afternoon clubs for older children and rescued hundreds of children from a vicious cycle of ongoing physical and emotional distress. Currently our students volunteer there every week by running fun activities for the children and raising funds for them through bake sales, collaborating with the Running Club to raise sponsorship, and through the ShowCASe event.

Eritrean Women’s Community Center

The Eritrean Women’s Community Center in Tel Aviv is an initiative designed and run independently by a group of Eritrean refugee women. Established in November 2011, the center aims to provide Eritrean women with a safe space as well as access to important services. This center is the first and only one of its kind, utilizing a grassroots approach to support Eritrean women in a fundamental way. Representing a safe space, the center serves as a recognized community fixture that local women can turn to for information, services and support. Our students volunteer here once a week by helping them to fill in essential forms in English as well as organizing fundraising drives for the NGO.

EMIS’ Deer-Keepers

Thanks to the initiative of our Boarding Director, Ben Dvash, students maintain a small reserve of 10 deer on campus. This service allows students to work on their sense of caring for the world and living beings. Students built the reserve themselves from scratch and are now contributing to their feeding and health-care.

Green Team

The Green Team is a student-led initiative dedicated to making the campus and the school a more sustainable environment. They are divided into the Gardening Team and the Sustainability Team. Currently they are creating a community garden, growing vegetables in a hydroponic garden and organizing events such as EMIS Earth Weekend, working with Greenpeace, organising beach clean-ups and collaborating with Tel Avir and other environmental organisations.


Youth Conference for Peace and Sustainability was founded by a group of students and educators from the Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation. The reality of the conflict, together with their first-hand experience with youth leadership, led them to establish YOCOPAS as a way to inspire youth to take action and change the reality of the region. They lead a yearly conference as well as seminars and workshops for schools from Israel, Palestine and other international schools. These programs focus on dialogue relating to the conflict and are designed so that each school can create a network of changemakers.