URJ Heller High (formerly NFTY-EIE) is for Jewish High School students in grades 10 through 12. Heller High is an intensive academic program and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. All instruction is conducted in English with the exception of the Hebrew Ulpan (intensive Hebrew program).
The educational structure of the program includes small classes and small group tutorials ensuring that students fulfill the requirements of their home high schools, while fully immersed in the study of the history, culture and land of Israel. At the conclusion of the program, students receive an official transcript that is recognized by their home high schools. Our Director of Admissions and staff work closely with parents and schools to plan a special curriculum that fits into every participant's academic schedule of required courses. Students can arrange to take Advanced Placement, PSAT, SAT I & II, and ACT examinations while in Israel.
Please be sure to consult the URJ Heller High Program-Course Catalog, which contains a complete listing of courses at Heller High. All applicants should bring a copy of this document to your home high school when discussing the program with guidance counselors or teaching staff. Please be aware that Heller High asks you to provide us with a copy of the syllabus from your home high school for each of your general studies classes. We will use these to ensure that you learn in Israel exactly what you would have learned at home.
Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced
100 classroom hours per semester and 30 field hours per semester
Israel: Land, Culture and People
210 classroom hours per semester
Includes 25 field trips
10 hours per week, earned through field trips
English Language and Comparative Literature
5 classroom hours per week
These courses are conducted live with a teacher and use online conference facilities to ensure effective interaction between teacher and student. The platform used includes a whiteboard which both teachers and students can write on, with the results immediately visible to all. It also has a system for both sides to upload assignments, reading material, homework, etc. which teacher and student can access simultaneously and discuss.
The courses given online are one-on-one or one-on-two, so that the students are always actively engaged in the lesson and there is a meaningful dialogue between student and teacher. Another advantage is that all the lessons are recorded and are available to the students afterwards for review. This also means that if a student is ill, or misses a lesson for any other reason, he or she can view the lesson as soon as it is convenient.
Heller High currently uses two companies to provide these online services. Both companies supply these services to schools in Israel and the USA. The service is especially useful for students who have courses which are not standard and for whom bringing out a teacher especially for them might not be feasible or could be very expensive.
|AP English Language|
|AP English Literature|
|AP Calculus AB, BC|
|AP Physics 1,2|
|AP Environmental Science|
|AP World History|
|AP European History|
|AP U.S. History|
|AP U.S. Government|
|AP Economics Macro, Micro|
|AP Spanish Literature|
|AP Spanish Language|
|AP French Literature|
|AP French Language|
IB Tutoring (offered at SL or HL)
IB English A
IB English B
Theory of Knowledge