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.
(April, 2009) The Israel Ministry of Education published in April 2009 revised guidelines regarding permits for homeschooling in Israel. The previous guidelines were published in April 2006. The new document is online in Hebrew at: