Ofanim At a Glance

Where we operate

Ofanim reaches outlying communities throughout Israel’s periphery.
We currently operate in the following regional councils:
In southern Israel – Ofakim, El-Qasum, Merhavim, Never-Midbar, Kiryat-Gat, Sedot Negev, Beersheba, Shafir.
In the northern Israel – Tiberias, Migdal-Ha’Emek, Merom-Hagilil, Misgav, Emek Izrael, Acre, Afula, Safed, Kiryat Shemona.

Measurement and Assessment

In 2015-2016 Tel-Hai Academic College’s Measurement & Assessment Unit headed by Dr. Irit Sasson, conducted an in-depth assessment with the professional support of Prof. Yehudit Dori of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Graduates Research Report Summary

Graduates survey

*119 Graduates
*59% 10th grade
*37% 11th grade
*5% 12th grade or national service/IDF
*60% of the graduates’ parents do not have academic degree

Key Findings

*23.5% of Ofanim’s graduates are preparing to take their final high school math matriculation exam at the highest level, significantly higher than the national average.

*58% of the graduates express their desire to pursue an academic profession in a STEM field.

*56% of participants were studying 4-5 units of mathematics (5 is highest possible) and 89% of participants were studying 4-7 units of English. Of the participants, 59% were majoring in at least one field of science/technology.

*Participants expressed a high level of satisfaction from their experience with Ofanim- 4.37 (scale of 1-5).

*Respondents perceived their experience with Ofanim as positive and pleasant, and different from other extra-curricular activities in which they participated during their lives.

*Graduates perceived all components of Ofanim’s activities (bus, classroom, group learning, content, and instructors) as contributing significantly to their satisfaction with the program.

Subject Northern District (%) Southern District (%) Ofanim (%)
Mathematics 8.2 6.9 23.5
Biology 19.7 15.2 24
Physics 9.4 8 13
Chemistry 13.5 5.3 8

“These scholastic characteristics may comprise a good foundation for the graduates preparing for academic studies and choosing a future profession in the fields of science or technology. It is important to emphasize that although the educational level of most of the survey respondents’ parents was basic (mostly high school level), and although most of them did not have a sibling participating in an academic study program, the scholastic characteristics in high school were relatively high. This, combined with the very high level of satisfaction with Ofanim’s activities, suggests a possible future trend of breaking away from the family norm, and of the graduates’ understanding that they can choose a different path than the one they are familiar with from their close environment.”