ORT Jabotinski School # 94, Odessa

A specialized ORT school was first set up in Odessa in 1882, with the purpose of teaching vocational professions to Jewish students. The school existed until 1922 when ORT ceased its activity in the USSR because of political difficulties.  With the declaration of Ukrainian independence 70 years later, it was possible once again to re-establish a dedicated Jewish school. The “Tali” Jewish Sunday school was established in Odessa in 1993, and this was used as the basis for the creation of Jewish state school # 94 in 1995.  ORT renewed its operations in Odessa in 1997 and since then the history of ORT and Odessa's Jewish school have been inextricably linked. In 2002, an ORT Technology Centre was set up at the school.

Name of SchoolORT Zhabotinski School # 94
LocationOdessa/Ukraine
Age rangeElementary, Junior High, High School, Adult education and training
Students449
Teachers47

General Education

ORT Secondary School #94 is a state school and teaches to the national curriculum of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science. Jewish education and technology education are offered as special additional subjects, supported by ORT.

Jewish Education

The Jewish subjects in the school are supervised by the Ministry of Education of Israel, which also sends an Israeli teacher to teach in the school.

All students learn Hebrew for three hours per week. Pupils in 1st to 5th grade follow the Tal Am program; students in 6th to 11th grade follow the NETA program. All tuition aims to impart both verbal and written communication skills.

This course is studied from 1st through to 11th grade. The aim of the course is to acquaint pupils with Jewish laws and traditions through study of Judaism’s primary texts: the Tanach and the Talmud

This course is studied from 1st though to 10th grade for one hour per week. It investigates Jewish culture through works of Jewish art and music. 

This course is studied in 5th to 9th grade, and is integrated with the secular history course. 

This course, covering the political, socio-economic and physical geography of Israel, is studied in 9th and 10th grade for one hour per week. It is integrated with the secular geography course. 

Students in 10th and 11th grade study this subject for one hour per week. 

Informal Jewish Education

The school arranges a variety of extra-curricular activities:

  • Shabbat: every Friday, students and teachers of the school meet to mark Shabbat. Senior school students usually lead the service; they light candles, read Kiddush, present the weekly Torah portion and sing Shabbat songs.
  • Jewish Holidays: all the Jewish holidays are celebrated at school. Each class decorates its classroom before the holiday according to Jewish tradition. Students prepare theatrical performances and concerts in honour of the festivals – often presented in a full-school assembly.
  • Jewish Family Club: the main objective of the monthly Jewish Family Club is involving students’ parents and relatives in study of Jewish traditions and history. The teaching is done by both teachers and students.
  • School ensemble “Nitsanim”: the school ensemble sings in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Russian and Ukrainian. It participates in district, city and regional festivals and competitions, and has won many awards.
  • International trips: every year students of the school participate in international trips, such as Masa Shorashim project. Participating in these projects encourages students to learn about the history of the Jewish people while visiting memorial sites in Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania.
  • School students participate in Twin-School project together with school from Haifa (Israel).
  • Internet projects: students participate in a variety of regional ORT internet projects and competitions. These have included Animated Cards Contests, the iJET competition – where students created imaginary blogs of historical Jewish personalities, and Chibur – where students created blogs and sites to record, share and discuss their personal families’ history and the heritage of the local Odessa Jewish community.

Technology Education

In primary school, 1st year students take an “Introduction to Informatics and Logics” course, designed to familiarize them with computers and to develop logical thinking skills. Students in 2nd to 4th grade take the “Stairs to Informatics” course recommended by the Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine. This course further develops logical thinking and gives students the basic practical skills they need for using a PC.

Students in the 7th grade take an "Informatics" course, recommended by the Ministry with additional lessons for practice and projects.

In senior school, students in 8th to 11th grade take an advanced “Informatics” course, also recommended by the Ministry.

In middle school, 5th grade students take a “Technology of modeling simple constructions and mechanisms” course, designed to familiarize them with the simple mechanisms and basics of modelling, with project work and group work being important elements.

Students in 6th grade progress to a “Design Process: Technological Systems” course, which introduces the basics of technological engineering processes, control systems, ecological implications of technological development and the idea of technology being designed to meet human needs.

Students in 7th and 8th grades take a “Robotics” course, which covers modelling of robots using Lego Mindstorms sets and NXT programming. In 9th grade students study new course ‘Introduction to electronics’ based on Arduino sets.

In senior school, specialized courses in “Computer Graphics & Web Design”, “Web Programming & Site Development” and "ICT for Business" (HP-LIFE program) are offered to students in 10th and 11th grade. The first of these courses provides an introduction to computer graphics, including an overview of raster graphics (Paint, Paint.Net, Gimp), vector graphics (Inkscape), and animation (gif and flash animation). The second of these courses presents the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript programming languages. "ICT for Business" course covers the key disciplines of business economics, to provide students with the necessary skills for securing future employment in the world of business.

ORT Technology Centre Extra-curricular activities

  • A robotics course is available for students from 5th through to 11th grade, in which they learn the basics of robotics, create a robotics project and prepare for Ukrainian and international ORT competitions.
  • Additional Lego modelling courses are available for students from the 2nd through to the 4th grade, who study the fundamentals of technological engineering processes. Students are acquainted with simple constructions, machines and mechanisms; make their first models using LEGO sets: “Early structures”, “Early simple machines”, “Simple machines” and “WEDO robotics”.
  • 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 countries.
  • The projects created by Odessa’ ORT students became TOP-10 in nomination “The Best Practices of the Learning Communities” at International competition LUMA StarT Education Award 2017 (Finland) and received The Best School Prize at “ORT STEM CUP 2017” competition for ORT network schools in the CIS and Baltic countries.

Contribution to the National Education System

  • ORT Odessa School hosts the annual district, city and regional Olympiads for ICT and Informatics in cooperation with the Odessa Regional Institute of Teachers Improvement.
  • Odessa's regional educational experiment, "Creating a system of technological education for secondary school", was launched at ORT Odessa School In 2012. The fundamentals of modelling, design and robotics - together with the study of technological systems - are being explored as part of the rehauling of the technology curriculum for 5th to 9th grade.
  • New technology courses for 5-9 grades created by ORT teachers from Odessa and Kiev (Sergei Dzuiba, Igor and Olga Kot, Anna Michurina and Syuzanna Khachatryan) were adopted by Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine for implementation in secondary schools.
  • The school organizes training seminars for teachers from Odessa city and region.
  • Igor Kot, teacher of ICT and technology, received an award from Odessa City Council and Odessa Regional Council for contributions to the National Education System.