Kiev ORT Educational Complex #141 (former ORT Technology Lyceum), Kiev

Kiev ORT Technology Lyceum and the ORT Technological Center in Kiev were opened as the result of cooperation between World ORT and the city’s educational authorities, with the help of generous support from Milton and Shirley Gralla, the Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation and Ron Baron. In 2015 ORT Technology Lyceum moved to the premises of the secondary school #141 and was fully reconstructed thanks to the generosity of World ORT donors and the cooperation of local authorities.  From September 1st, 2015 the Lyceum had the name “Kiev ORT Educational Complex #141”. 

In September 2017 a new subdivision of Kiev ORT Educational Complex № 141 – a kindergarten for 122 children was opened in the former building of the ORT Technological Lyceum. World ORT invested in major repairs of the building and installation of new equipment. The kindergarten gained modern game rooms and bedrooms, a medical room, a psychologist's office, sports and music halls, modern playgrounds and sports grounds, food processing premises with up-to- date technological equipment. Education in the kindergarten runs in several priority areas (artistic and aesthetic, physical culture, recreation, music, humanitarian, etc.), and also LEGO-designing, learning Hebrew, traditions and holidays of the Jewish people.

Name of School Kiev ORT Technology Lyceum
Location Kiev/Ukraine
Age range Junior High, High School, Adult education and training
Students 1168
Teachers 85

Educational Activities and Competitions

Training at the Educational Complex will be provided in four stages: pre-school, 1st degree comprehensive school, 2nd degree specialized school with advanced study of foreign languages and information technologies and technological lyceum. Alongside the general education provided in accordance with the Ukrainian National Curriculum, the school specializes in two advanced tracks of study: Jewish education, technology education and English. Curricula for these tracks make use of modern computer technology, interdisciplinary study and project-based learning. In addition, students will be able to use ICT in the study of mathematics and humanities.

Students of the Complex actively participate in the work of the Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine at the Kiev Centre of Creativity for children and young people. A large number of students have taken part in science conferences and have become the members of the Academy. The School has been selected to be a Pathfinder School as part of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Innovative Schools Program.

The school participates in “Robotraffic” international competition in the modelling and controlling robocars which traditionally take place in the Robotics Leumi Center of the "Technion" Institute in Haifa (Israel). Robotics teams successfully participate and usually took the prizes at Festival-Competition of Robotics among students and teachers of ORT network schools in the CIS and Baltic States.

Jewish Education

The main goals of Jewish education at the School are strengthening the Jewish identity of the students and consolidating their ties with Israel.

Hebrew language is studied for three hours per week by students from the 1st to the 11th grade. The curriculum has traditionally followed the Heftsiba program, but in 2011-12 the new NETA program has been implemented in the 6th - 9th grade. The aim of the School’s Hebrew tuition is effective development of the students’ spoken language skills, so that they can communicate about a variety of topics.

This course is studied by students from the 5th to the 9th grade. Students in the 5th and 7th grades have 0.5 hours per week and in the 6th – 9th grades they have 1 hour per week. Students are introduced to Jewish culture and the fundamentals of Jewish traditions. They learn about Jewish history, Jewish customs, and Jewish ways of life in the past and today.

This course – covering the old and modern history of the State of Israel – is studied by students from the 5th to the 9th grade for 0.5 – 1 hour per week.

It is studied in the 10th – 11th grades for 1 hour per week and 0.5-1 hour per week optional. Students study the history of the Ukrainian and East Jewry profoundly and have the preparatory course for Masa Shorashim program.

Informal Jewish Education

This significant part of the Jewish studies curriculum consists of after school activities. Students learn how to prepare for and celebrate Jewish holidays – for example, organizing activities for their classmates and for younger students on Chanukah and Purim.  Students also participate in hadracha (leadership) training, Shabbatonim and “Masa Shorasim” – an experiential educational trip within the Ukraine on which students trace the Jewish history of the region through visiting places of both Jewish destruction and Jewish life.

Technology Education

In the kindergarten children study “Lego Creativity”, a program for the development of engineering and design abilities for preschool children from 2 till 6 years. The main topics are “Cognition of the world”, “Communication and speech”, “Logic and mathematics”.

This course runs in the 5th and 6th grades. Students learn "Modeling technology of simple structures and mechanisms" and "Technology of technological systems design" (study of the concept and principles of design, construction and performance of simple technological systems). The program of these courses was developed by the teachers of School and was approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

In primary school this course runs in the 2nd-4th grades. Students are acquainted with computer, its applications and basic components; get initial computer skills. Also students get idea of notification and information processes, history of computing devices, graphical editor, files and folders, using windows, search data online, presentations and algorithms

In secondary school this course is studied in the 5th and 6th grade, using the local educational methodology “Infomandry”. Infomandry is recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and includes a textbook, a manual for teachers together with a CD of presentation materials, and interactive tasks hosted on an attractive and easy to navigate website.In the 5th grade students spend two hours a week covering an introduction to computer science, basic computer devices, operating systems, graphics editing and text editing.In the 6th grade students spend two hours a week covering vector graphics editing, spreadsheets, an introduction to programming, the Internet as a global network, and creating computer presentations.

In 7th - 9th grade the course runs for two hours per week. Students are acquainted with basic programming, modern operating systems, modern means of communication through the Internet, and e-mail clients. They learn about Macromedia Flash MX, the basics of word processing, graphic design, encoding data and network technology.

This course runs in the 7th grade for one hour per week and in the 8th grade for two hours per week and includes the study of basic design, sensors and motors, and construction of basic models and modules. Students work with educational LEGO robotics sets.  Teachers use the course “A basis in robotics for secondary educational institutions” which was developed in the Ukraine and approved by the Ministry of Education and Science.

In this academic year, teachers of the Educational Complex developed the program of Microelectronics, which was approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. This course is taught in the 9th grade for two hours per week within the subject technology. Basis of this course is the use of Arduino platform and various electronic components and sensors.

This professionally-oriented course was developed by teachers of School for the students of the 10th and 11th grade, and runs for 4 hours per week. Students study the fundamentals of the 3D environment, the concept of 3D modelling, professions associated with 3D modelling, and applications of 3D modelling – such as simulations of interior space, landscape modelling and human modelling.

This course for the 10th and 11th grade students addresses the fundamentals of modern Internet technologies. The students study basic elements of web page design: text, graphics composition, color maps, scale ergonomics and navigation, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and search engine optimization. The students use the knowledge they have acquired to design their own web pages. The course runs for 4 hours per week.

This professionally-oriented course was developed by teachers at the school for students in 10th and 11th grade, and runs for 4 hours per week. The course provides students with practical skills in a variety of graphic techniques and editing packages, so that they can embark on their own design projects.

This professionally-oriented course was developed by teachers of School for students in the 10th and 11th grade, and runs for 4 hours per week. The course covers the key disciplines of business economics, to provide students with the necessary skills for securing future employment in the world of business.

Professional Training Courses

From 2006 the local branch of the prestigious Cisco Networking Academy began its operations, using the Lyceum as its base. It was the first time in Ukraine that school students could study on the “Cisco IT Essentials” course. The aim of the course is to give pupils detailed knowledge in the field of hardware support and network technologies. Pupils develop skills in repair of PCs and set-up of operational systems.

A number of courses are now given on the base of Cisco Academy: Get Connected, Internet of Everything, Be Your Own Boss, Entrepreneurship, Linux Essentials, IT Essential, CCNA, CCNA Security.

From 2012 the lyceum became a participant of the Microsoft IT Academy. This program allows to provide high-quality training courses for authorized Microsoft. The resulting learning knowledge and skills enable teachers and students to take an exam for the international certificate.

From 2013 Certiport certification centre works on the basis of the ORT Educational Complex. Teachers and students are certified on the following industrial courses: Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Certified Educator, and Microsoft Technology Associate

In 2014 Oracle Academy was opened on the basis of the school, within its frame students can learn the next courses: Getting Started with Java Using Alice, Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot, Java Fundamentals, Java Programming.

From 2013 the Instructor Training Centre works on the basis of the Lyceum, which trains instructors for the course Cisco – IT Essentials.

Grants

In 2007 the school became a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). Member institutions work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education.

In 2009 Hewlett Packard and World ORT opened a GET-IT (Graduate Entrepreneurship Training through IT) Centre on the school’s premises. As a result, one of the school’s classrooms was completely equipped with laptops and a variety of other facilities with the purpose of helping students to develop the skills for opening their own businesses after graduation.

Contributions to the National Education System

  • From 2005 ORT Technology Lyceum has the status of an experimental base for the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. Its achievements in the field of ICT and up-to-date technical facilities are well-known, and the school shares its experience with educators from across the city.
  • A variety of seminars and workshops for teachers and principals from other schools are held at the School throughout the year. The school hosts a number of city and district Olympiads.
  • ORT Technology lyceum was “accredited with honour” in 2011 by the state authorities.
  • A lot of students and teachers of ORT Educational Complex annually become winners of city, regional, All-Ukrainian and International competitions and Olympiads.