Kishinev ORT Herzl Technology Lyceum

Secondary School # 22 opened in 1991 and benefited from the opening in 2000 of an ORT ICT centre, consisting of a technology laboratory, a resource centre, a network centre and a media centre. The school is currently operated jointly by the state of Moldova and ORT, and is now known as ORT Technology Lyceum.

In 2015 Kishinev ORT Technology Lyceum moved to a new building which had been completely renovated and reequipped. This allowed for more students to join the school as well as the addition of catering, leisure and sports facilities.

Name of SchoolKishinev ORT Herzl Technology Lyceum
LocationKishinev, Moldova
Age rangeElementary, Junior High, High School

General Education

The school’s curriculum includes all compulsory subjects of the standard state curriculum, plus Jewish education and technology education. In order to ease the teaching and learning workload, Jewish subjects are integrated into mainstream subjects as much as possible, for example Fine Arts in the Jewish Tradition or Music in the Jewish Tradition.

Jewish education

Hebrew is studied for 3 hours a week by all students from the 1st to the 12th grade. Hebrew classrooms are equipped in accordance with the requirements of the programs – visual aids, movies and CDs and a variety of games, allowing teachers to apply multimedia technology to various types of work. The Ministry of Education of the State of Israel coordinates Lyceum’s activity on Hebrew studies and provides support for conducting training courses for teachers.

In Elementary School (1st – 6rd grades) Hebrew is studied according to the TaL AM program.

In Middle and High School students (7th – 12th grades) are trained according to the NETA program.

  • 1 hour per week for students from the 1st to the 9th grades;
  • 2 hours per week for the 10th grade students.
  • 1 hour per week for the 11th -12th grades students.

This course is studied for 3 hours per week for the 1st – 4th grades students; 2 hours per week for the 5th – 8th grades students and 1 hour per week for the 9th – 12th grade students.

This course is part of “World literature” course and is provided for students of the 10th – 11th grades.

Informal Jewish Education

  • Every Friday, students and teachers mark Kabbalat Shabbat. Senior students lead  a ceremony which involves candle lighting, reading Kiddush, presenting the weekly Torah chapter and singing Shabbat songs.
  • All Jewish holidays are celebrated at the school. Students prepare theatrical performances and concerts in honour of the festivals – often presented in a full-school assembly.
  • The school has a singing group, “Shahar”, which performs songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Russian and Romanian. It participates in district, city and regional festivals and competitions, and has won many awards.
  • Every year High school students go on a trip to Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania as part of the Masa Shorashim program.

Technology Education

Robotics teams successfully participate and often win prizes at the Festival-Competition of Robotics among students and teachers of ORT network schools in the CIS and Baltic countries.

Students are active in national competitions in Robotics such as First Lego League Moldova, RoboSumo etc

Students in the 2nd to the 4th grade learn the basics of computer skills and LEGO programming.
Students in the 5th to the 8th grade learn how to use office software, such as word processing, spreadsheet and computer graphic packages.
Students in the 9th to the 12th grade study programming and database systems.

  • Students in the 5th grade take an “Introduction to Technology: Lego Modelling” course.
  • Students in the 6th grade take a “Design Process: Technological Systems” course, which introduces students to the basics of technological engineering processes and control systems.
  • Students in the 7th grade take a “Robotics” course, which covers modelling of robots using Lego Mindstorms sets and Robolab programming.
  • Students in the 8th and the 9th grades take a web design course.

Contributions to the National Education System

  • A city-wide contest on information technologies, “Info-Office” has been organised by the initiative of ORT Technology Lyceum since 2004. The Municipal contest soon gained its status as the official city subject-Olympiad and was written into the schedule of the General Department of Education, Youth and Sports of Kishinev. In 2015 in the contest involved 535 students from the 5th grade to the 9th grade all over Kishinev.      
  • On the initiative of Lyceum with the support of ORT Moldova, the virtual sites of the associations for the city's Math and Informatics teachers was established where news, schedules, the Olympiad results, creative works of teachers and lesson plans are shared.
  • Since 2007 the school has worked with the government to introduce IT into education. The ORT Technology Centre and the Lyceum has organised an International Conference on the Quality of Education, theoretical and practical use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. Local and national seminars devoted to the use of IT in education are held regularly at ORT Herzl Technology Lyceum.
  • Since 2009 Lyceum has participate in the “Vocational Training and Social Adaptation for Vulnerable Moldovan Women” project. This project is executed in partnership with ORT Moldova, the International centre of training and professional development, WJR and Moldavian government organisations. 
  • In April 2015 the 5th International Robotics Olympiad-Festival was held at ORT Herzl Technology Lyceum.