Children at Risk – Kiryat Chinuch
- The average class size is less than half that of the average class size in Israel
- 70% of BSEC students live on campus
The great majority of the children at BSEC have parents who did not graduate high school and are currently suffering from family issues that leave them unable to support their children’s academic progress. The BSEC uses a two-fold holistic approach to provide at-risk boys with a safe and positive environment that is conducive to leading a healthy and respectable lifestyle. First, we ensure that every boy’s basic physical and spiritual needs are met as no child can concentrate on an empty stomach or when he is under emotional distress. As such, the boys receive three balanced and nutritious meals each day, therapeutic support, school supplies, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes as well as dental, medical, and optic care. For most of the children, this support is provided 24 hours a day as they live in the school’s dormitory.
Second, we provide the boys with a quality education which we believe is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Equipping the boys in our care with high school qualifications guarantees them greater opportunities for financial and social success. The BSEC’s curriculum is comprised of both Jewish and secular studies, designed to enable the students to grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually. Each school day begins with a review of Jewish classical texts, ethics, and philosophy and is followed by courses in computer programming, English, history, literature, mathematics, science, and social studies. BSEC’s insistence on maintaining a small class size in all academic subjects has been crucial in our efforts to give the children the tools they need to reach their potential.
In addition, the boys participate in recreational programming, such as music and sports, and art that provide the physical and creative stimulation necessary for growth and development in non-academic areas. Furthermore, the BSEC frequently organizes field trips for the boys to build team spirit and raise morale, including hikes and barbeques.