Homeschooling is rapidly becoming more and more popular in Israel, with hundreds of families throughout the country educating their children at home. There are homeschooling support groups in every part of Israel.
Homeschooling in Israel is legal, and in recent years the Ministry of Education has released guidelines for receiving permission to homeschool.
The Israel Home Education Association provides support for homeschoolers and unschoolers in Israel by maintaining this web site and an email mailing list.
You can request to join our mailing list by signing up here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/israelhomeschool
Please include the following information:
- Are you currently homeschooling?
- Where do you live?
For direct one-to-one contact with homeschoolers in your area, you can join the homeschoolers’ “white list”.
Send your name, children’s birth years (to calculate their ages), telephone number, address, and email, to:
“The White List”
P.O. Box 1560,
Rosh Pina 12000
Here is some basic information about bagruyot for homeschoolers in Israel:
1. A child who doesn’t go to school would typically take the bagruyot as an “externi” student. This means you cannot take a test until you are 16 years old. (If you have a homeschooling permit, you may take externi tests at any age. Click here for instructions.)
Officially, for each child you need permission from the Ministry of Education.
The Ministry of Education claims that they approve 95% of all applications.