Improving Academic Accomplishments of Youth in Residential Education and Care in Israel: Implementing a Policy Change

  • Emmanuel GrupperEmail author
  • Yossef Zagury
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 22)


Children and adolescents in residential-care facilities often have lower academic achievements that their counterparts who are raised at home. Traditionally, residential programs do not prioritize academic achievements, especially at the high-school level, a situation detrimental to their chances to enter institutes of higher education. The Israel Ministry of Education decided to implement a policy change to affect the overall ecology of youth villages (Israeli residential schools), aimed at emphasizing highschool academic achievements as a key to future success. This attitudinal change led to the development of after-school study centers or evening classes within the village, applying non-formal teaching and learning methods in a relaxed atmosphere. Additionally, various support systems were developed in youth villages, all geared toward helping adolescents excel in meeting the challenges of high school.


Residential care Youth village Residential school Non-formal education Academic achievement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Social StudiesOno Academic CollegeKiryat OnoIsrael
  2. 2.Department for Residential Education in the Administration for Rural and Residential EducationMinistry of Education for IsraelJerusalemIsrael

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