IASA – The Israel Arts and Science Academy
The Israel Arts and Science Academy (IASA)
The Israel Arts and Sciences Academy (IASA) is Israel’s first and only residential high school designed specifically for excellent students of extraordinary potential. Established on the three pillars of excellence, leadership, and community service, IASA offers demanding academic studies, a rich and supportive community life, and holistic character development for leadership and civic responsibility.
IASA was founded in 1990 by the Israel Center for Excellence through Education (ICEE) to provide a learning environment for Israel’s outstanding students from all over the country and from all communities. Our unique admission process enables students from diverse backgrounds to demonstrate their abilities and gain entrance to the school, without regard for socio-economic, geographic, or religious considerations. At IASA, secular and religious Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze, kibbutz members, city kids, and immigrants live, learn, and grow together.
IASA’s beautiful green Schusterman Campus is an ideal location for talented, motivated young people to develop into the leaders of tomorrow.
IASA’s academic program is anchored by four learning concentrations: Sciences, Visual Arts, Humanities, and Music. Curricula foster curiosity, innovative thinking, and independent research.
Science Department: IASA’s challenging STEM curriculum equips students with the knowledge and skills to engage in theoretical analysis and intensive laboratory work. Personalized study programs include core courses in physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics as well as electives in subjects such as astrophysics, thermodynamics, brain research, quantum theory, and oceanography. Independent study has resulted in numerous research papers.
Visual Art Department: The visual arts curriculum includes classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and video and digital arts. It offers students experience and guidance by professional artists in independent studio work as well as a thorough foundation in theory and art history.
Music Department: Focusing primarily on classical music, the curriculum provides students with professional skills in performance, composition, and research. Faculty members are respected composers and instrumentalists. Upon graduating, students are positioned to pursue a professional future in the music world.
Humanities Department: The first of its kind in Israel, the program exposes students to the constitutive texts of Western culture, foundational texts of the three monotheistic religions, and contemporary thought and literature. Students complete the program with an extensive research paper, mentored by experts from respected academic institutions.
IASA faculty are specialists in their fields and passionate about learning. Most teachers hold a Ph.D. or master’s degree in their fields or are respected professional visual or performing artists. They are expert mentors who nurture a rich environment for communal and independent learning.
IASA’s unique campus life fosters personal excellence and leadership beyond the classroom walls. Most of IASA’S students live in dormitories on campus, although the school is also open to a small number of local students who commute daily from their homes. The beautiful green 10-acre campus comprises art studios, music rooms, science and computer labs, classrooms, an auditorium, a library, a fitness center, a gymnasium, and dormitories. Students have a team of teachers, dormitory staff, and guidance counselors to support their academic and personal well-being.
Over their 3 years at IASA, students take on increasing responsibility for campus life. A wide range of student committees organizes student activities including theatre, music, chess, dance, martial arts, politics, religious life, creative writing, journalism, and environmental sustainability. Students are responsible for many operations in the school, including the auditorium, supplies, budgeting for student activities, and communications between the student body and school management. Moreover, students are encouraged to take an active interest in current affairs and to connect their classroom learning with civic responsibility.
IASA believes that personal excellence goes hand-in-hand with social responsibility, and thus its Crown Community Service Program is a central part of its ethos. IASA students spend every Tuesday afternoon volunteering with disadvantaged children, youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities. While putting their talents to use helping others, students gain an understanding of societal needs that informs their choices as they become leaders in their professional fields.
IASA was the first Israeli high school to establish a formal community service component as part of its curriculum. Thanks to the example set by IASA, other Israeli schools have begun integrating community service and spreading the value of social responsibility nationwide.
Student and Alumni Success
IASA’s mission is to promote intellectual curiosity and critical thinking while also cultivating interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and a sense of social responsibility.
Our emphasis on both academic and community life has produced exceptional achievements among IASA’s students and graduates and has made IASA into one of the most highly regarded high schools in Israel. Our philosophy and instructional methods have produced an outstanding success rate. IASA students consistently place first in Israel’s national tests. Our graduates make up the highest proportional number of pre-army national-service program participants. Virtually all of our students go on to serve in the Israeli Armed Forces. Our students consistently produce the highest number of Final Project Research Papers (avodot gemer) in the country and win top places in national and international competitions.
IASA’s alumni go on to become leaders in a wide range of fields—academic and scientific research, education, social entrepreneurship, music, visual arts, hi tech, law, medicine, culture, and technological development. Our graduates are distinguished by an exceptional tendency to combine professional success with contributing to the local and global communities.
For more details and to get to know IASA better, you are warmly invited to register for our Open House Day for families of students in 9th grade. [link]
IASA Middle School
In 2017, IASA opened the doors of its new middle school, located in the Kiryat Menachem neighborhood near the IASA High School. The new non-residential IASA-MS offers IASA’s unique excellence education experience to students in grades 6-9 from Jerusalem and the surrounding area. For more information on the IASA-MS, please visit its site [link].
IASA High School and IASA Middle School offer students a uniquely enriching learning experience and are living laboratories for developing educational excellence for all of Israel.