Boyar is one of the most distinguished high-schools in Israel, and is dedicated to cultivating excellence in the scholastic performance of the students, in their social values, and in the fields of sports, culture, and the arts.
Boyars vibrant student body is composed of 1.000 highly motivated and scholastically capable teenagers from the full spectrum of Israeli society. A combination of day school students, who are mostly from Jerusalem, and boarders from outlying and developing communities in Israel's periphery, contributes to the school's unique learning environment. Respect for humanity, celebrating difference, and pluralism are core values that guide Boyar as a learning community.
The Boyar high-school and adjoining residential campus were established in 1964 in Jerusalem with gift from Los Angeles philanthropist Louis Boyar, to honor the memory of his wife Mae Rachel Boyar. For almost 50 years, Boyar which is operated by the Society for Advancement of Education, has established itself as a leader in shaping the educational landscape in Jerusalem.
On average, 90% of Boyar pupils graduate high-school with full matriculation certificates, while the national matriculation average for the State of Israel remains below 50%. Most Boyar student complete two high-school major, despite the fact that the Ministry of Education only requires Israeli 12th graders to complete one major in order to graduate.
Boyar offers its students a top-level academic curriculum covering the sciences, mathematics, Jewish and world philosophy, English, Hebrew, Arabic, psychology, economics, and law (in an arrangement with the Hebrew University.) In parallel the students receive expert instruction in music, cinema, and the performing arts.
Jewish education is one of the central pillars of Boyar High School. The basic premise of the school is that a strong Jewish identity is essential in order to create active student leaders who see themselves responsible for the wellbeing of Israels society and nation. The students build their own Jewish identities by regular encounters with Jewish sources, inspiring figures and extensive field trips all over Israel. Boyars student body comes from a wide variety of origins and levels of Jewish observance, and therefore, as a result of education they receive at the school, its graduates leave with a diverse yet well-established Jewish identity.
STRONG SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
All Boyar students actively participate in community service, and the school was recently selected by the Ministry of Education to participate in a project for 10th graders. Participating teenagers give 60 hours each in community work, and spend an additional 30 hours learning about community intervention strategies. At the end of the three year process, these students will receive credits "social action credits" on their matriculation certificates.
Boyar graduates go on to serve in the IDF, while many spend one additional year completing national community service. The IDF Chief of Staff recently acknowledged the disproportionately high number of Boyar graduates serving in the military in leadership positions.
The Mae Boyar residential campus was established alongside the high-school, and is home away from home for over 300 gifted students from across Israel. These students choose Boyar when their home environments prevent them from reaching their full potential. They have access to a wide range of individual and group activities which place heavy emphasis on academic performance and building strong social attitudes and values.