Last week, representatives from the Iriyah and Ulpanat Bnei Akivi Orot Modiin were invited to the Ministry of Education to receive the National Education Prize for the 2016-17 school year. The prize committee chose the Ulpana after a long and complex process, in which it examined the school's performance in different areas. This year, 14 schools/preschools were chosen to receive the prestigious award. The award ceremony, which was attended by Education Minister Naftali Bennett, is one of the highlights of educational activity in Israel.
The Ulpana has 100% matriculation and the quality of bagrut exams is very high, with about a quarter of the students receiving excellent matriculation certificates. At the Ulpana they believe that no student should be left behind and each one of them has a personal program tailored to her. The school has five small classes that also take bagrut exams and the students receive full matriculation certificates. The school offers a variety of majors and advanced teaching methods with laptops and smart boards. All the students in the school contribute to the community throughout the six years of study, and then volunteer for national service or enlist in the army.
This is the fourth year in a row that a school from the city has won the prestigious award. Last year, MOR High School earned the National Education Prize. Two years ago, Yachad and the Gvanim School for special education got the award and the year before Ironi Bet received it.