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    Beged Kefet Hebrew School: High School Courses with WASC Accreditation

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    Beged Kefet's high school classes are designed for students in grades 9–12 who want to strengthen their Hebrew language skills and earn high school credit to fulfill the foreign language requirement (which is also required by some collegiate institutions). Placement in the appropriate level is determined after staff evaluation.

    Colleges throughout the United States require a minimum of two years (and often three of the same language) of foreign language study in high school to ensure that a student has acquired a high level of language proficiency.

    Beged Kefet has been recognized as a foreign language course by many Silicon Valley school districts, in partnership with Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto. Transcripts at the end of each semester will arrive at your high school from Kehillah. You should add it as the organization through which you will take our Hebrew course when you fill out forms required by your school/district  to take an external language course.

    In the last two years, our high school classes have expanded to further cities and new students have joined. Beged Kefet had established itself as a one-of-a-kind, independent supplementary language school.

    Therefore, we are excited and honored that in February 2020, Beged Kefet received full accreditation by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC). The accreditation is a voluntary dual-purpose process. Schools must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning, and clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement. An accredited school is focused on a mission and goals for students; it is student-oriented and examines its students' performance continuously; it accepts objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by ACS WASC; it maintains a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school; it collaboratively assesses the quality of its educational programs on a regular basis; and it plans for the future.

    Who benefits from accreditation?

    ACS WASC accreditation is a school improvement process and serves as the foundation for quality education. An accredited school is a statement to the broader community and the stakeholders that it is a trustworthy institution for student learning and committed to ongoing improvement. The public is assured that accredited institutions are evaluated extensively and conform to expectations of performance and quality. Because accreditation requires continual self-evaluation and monitoring of its programs and operations in relation to the impact on student learning and periodic external review, the public can be assured that the educational quality of programs and services offered by the institution are current, reflect high standards of quality and are offered with integrity. Students can be assured that the institutions in which they seek to enroll have been reviewed and the educational programs that are offered have been evaluated for quality. Educational institutions benefit from the stimulus for self-study and self-improvement provided by the accreditation process.

    By taking an accredited course at Beged Kefet, not only are you ensured of high-quality education, but you earn ten credits per year that will go toward your public high school and college E requirement of Language Other Than English (LOTE).

    Students are required to take 100 hours of study per year, accumulated through weekly three-hour lessons. To complete the required hours of study, at the beginning of the year, students will be presented with various topics to choose from, so that they can plan their enrichment activities according to their interests. All school events, such as Independence Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, are examples of events in which students are invited to participate and attend.

    In addition to class participation, interested high school students are invited to apply for Beged Kefet's Madrichim Program. Working at the OFJCC will enrich their job experience and provide students with a letter of recommendation from the Beged Kefet team.

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    Beged Kefet offers high school courses at various levels and all courses are accredited. We group students based on ability and select the appropriate study materials accordingly. The curriculum is based on the NETA program, a Hebrew acronym for Youth for the Benefit of Hebrew, and includes updated curricula based on carefully-chosen sources. The program, which was created for secondary grade students, cultivates all aspects of Hebrew language learning—grammar and content, conversations and literature, poetry and factual information, exercises and practice, topics for lively discussion, songs and moral dilemmas, writing assignments and independent reading, current events and biblical texts.

    Bishvil Ha'Ivrit (For the Hebrew) NETA books offer quality material for all levels of Hebrew, from beginners to advanced. For higher level students, advanced and engaging material is provided. These materials introduce students to Hebrew of all historical periods: biblical, rabbinic, medieval, enlightenment and modern. The program offers a wide range of genres—prose and poetry, conversations, interviews, articles, lists, questionnaires and more. It also provides opportunities to master all four language skills—reading, writing, listening and speaking—as well as continuous progress of grammar and linguistics. Linguistic ability gradually grows through continuous progression in length and complexity of texts, rich vocabulary and more syntactic complexity.

    We combine technology that enhances and supports learning with audio recordings, interactive technology, documentary films and more. As students speak, read, write and listen to spoken Hebrew, they encounter varying viewpoints on Israeli daily life, Jewish tradition and history, and general world knowledge.

    The purpose of our program is to teach and develop the fundamentals of the modern Hebrew language in all five aspects—reading, writing, speaking, listening and comprehension—while emphasizing Israeli culture through a variety of texts and subjects that are part of the students' world.

    Hebrew 1: Mechina Class for High School Students who do not Read or Write in Hebrew

    The Mechina class is based on a curriculum developed by Bishvil Ha'Ivrit. The intensive year-long program helps students acquire reading and writing skills based on content and texts appropriate for high school students. During the first months, students will acquire reading and writing skills while working through online sites during class and at home for homework and assignment completion. As students continue their progress, they will start using the first book within the Bishvil Ha'Ivrit series.

    Class Participation, Student Evaluation, Class Time and Schedule

    The schedule for each class can be found on the Locations page. Information about tuition and fees can be found on our Registration Guidelines page.Since Beged Kefet is a supplementary program that meets in the evenings, and as we know how busy high school students are with extracurricular activities, our high school classes meet once a week for three hours. Beged Kefet is obligated to the annual total hours of instruction and hence regular attendance is required. High school students can only miss up to two classes during each of the two semesters. It is the student's responsibility to attend make-up classes if needed, in coordination with their teacher. Students who miss more than two classes during a semester will not qualify to finish the course and will not get a grade or a transcript.

    Public School Permission to Take Hebrew as External Language Course

    As they register to Beged Kefet, high school students should contact their high school registrar or advisor and ask to fill out the school's forms related to external language classes. Every school has its own forms and they might change from year to year. Please make sure you complete any school requirements before the beginning of the school year.

    You can contact us to schedule a placement test or with any questions at [email protected] or contact Maayan at [email protected]. You can also contact your campus head. Emails are listed on each campus' page.



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