Aiming to address the acute problem of school dropout and the large disparities in matriculation rates between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds, the "Start" program takes the unconventional approach of focusing on the lowest-achieving students: those who at the end of 9th grade have failed at least 7 subjects and their average mark is under 54.
In working with these students, Start applies the unique method we developed, which is based on narrowing gaps with accelerated learning; building motivation and self-confidence through a chain of successes; and nurturing fresh attitudes and skills among teachers.
The participants enter a demanding 3-year program of intensive study during school hours, after school and even through part of the vacations. They are taught by teachers from the school staff who were trained by the program's instructors.
The results are remarkable: nearly 95% of the participants complete 12th grade, and approximately 60% graduate with a matriculation certificate. Equally significant is the change in their self-image and sense of capability, which translates into motivation to contribute to society along with an aspiration for higher education and self-fulfillment.
The program operates in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and with academic accreditation of Tel Aviv University's School of Education.
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Glencore Society for Education and Welfare
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