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Eastern Mediterranean International School

Eastern Mediterranean International School

Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon, 4870000, Israel

+972 03 673 0232



Eastern Mediterranean International School
School type Co-educational Boarding
Status Non-profit institution
Headteacher Hadas Gottlieb
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 15-17 years
Number of pupils 167
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Hannah Wenger
Associations IB

The Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) is an independent, non-profit boarding school located in HaKfar HaYarok, a green youth village within a short driving distance from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Ramallah, founded in 2014 with a mission to make education a force for peace and sustainability in the Middle East. EMIS hosts students from 50+ countries and offers an inclusive program to ensure mutual understanding, cultural appreciation, and a positive diverse environment.

Our village campus has a dining hall, park, gym, sports courts, music building, library, and many other student facilities accessible to every student living in the area. The EMIS campus is located close to one of the sports courts and the dining hall and includes several dorms and classroom buildings with a lab, art room, music room, and study rooms.

EMIS' student body is composed of 40% Israeli, Palestinian and Arab students, and 60% international, students from different backgrounds who live and study together, gaining an education that focuses on leadership, academic excellence, diplomacy, peacebuilding, and sustainable development. EMIS works to foster independent leaders, creative thinkers, and open-minded students.

The school offers a preparatory year for the IB (Pre-DP for 10th grade) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) for 11th and 12th grade.

Admissions are on a rolling basis and solely merit-based, while scholarships are entirely need-based. To join EMIS, all applicants go through the same process of filling out our online application which can be easily found on our website.

Mission - Peace and Sustainability

The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seriously impacted the future of Middle Eastern youth and youth around the world. EMIS's mission is to bring peace and sustainability to the region through transformative education, while also teaching students to introduce change in their own international communities. Challenging socio-economic divisions, EMIS unifies teenagers in a multicultural environment, fostering dialogue, peace, and understanding while offering special programs focused on conflict resolution and diplomacy.

To complement the curriculum, we offer Mission Class, a course that develops the changemaker capacities of students, helps them integrate a stronger alignment with our mission, and harvest a deep understanding of conflict-resolution.

CAS, Projects, and Extracurriculars

We offer 60+ CAS Activities, ranging from sports, arts, debate club, social and environmental initiatives, and much more! To illustrate the deep impact of our projects, we expanded on 4 out of 100+ activities that students can join.

Project Oasis

A student-led initiative in engineering that aims to collect electricity and water from the air. The system they are developing accomplishes this using organic Rankine cycle and condenser technology.

They aim to produce 6 kilowatts of energy and 1,000 liters of water every day to significantly reduce global water shortages and provide clean water and energy in impoverished areas; all while being carbon neutral in operations. The solution will continue to deliver benefits to students at the school for the next 50 years.

Project Oasis is the 2022 winner of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, they received $100,000 in funding for the project.


YOCOPAS is an annual student-led three-day conference that aims to establish a collaborative platform for conversations and discussions between young leaders from Israel, Palestine, and all around the world. Participants have opportunities to learn from each other, attend lectures, workshops and form initiatives for peace and sustainability in their local communities.

Green Up

Green Up is a student-run organization that focuses on education and awareness, activism, and promoting sustainability. Our planet faces unprecedented challenges such as climate change, depletion of natural resources, and threatened biodiversity; our students tackle those problems by being part of climate marches, planting trees, attending international climate conferences, doing beach clean-ups, and many other engaging activities yearly.

Mission Week

As a part of our "hands-on" approach at EMIS, students and staff participate in an annual week-long project, which focuses on a theme that connects to the school's mission. The weeks are independently organized by student leaders. Mission Weeks alternate every year between the Jerusalem Journey and the Borders Week.

Pre-DP at EMIS (10th grade)

The Pre-DP program at EMIS is a one-year program for students in 10th grade (in 9th grade during the application process) who aspire to join the IB Diploma Programme in years 11 and 12. It is a skill-based program that develops a variety of approaches to learning for each student such as thinking, communication, self-management, research, and social skills. Experienced IB teachers design each course and use a personalized approach to help support a growth mindset and develop self-efficacy in each student.

IB at EMIS (11th-12th grade)

EMIS offers a range of IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses that allow students to plan a track of study best suited to their individual strengths, interests, and goals. The combination of Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) courses along with the considerable latitude available in choosing an Extended Essay topic, allows each student to focus in-depth on mathematics, humanities, or sciences. At the same time, the student enjoys the benefits of a broad-based liberal arts education. During the two years of the Diploma Programme, students have ample opportunity to review their work, knowledge, and skills with their teachers before internal and external assessments. A range of practice tests and assessments prepare students for externally graded examinations in their final year.