Colegio Israelita de México ORT (CIM-ORT)

From 1924 to the present day, Colegio Israelita de México ORT has provided education focused on encouraging students to build their own knowledge. The school's mission is to give students a globalised view of the world, a strong Jewish identity and education and a deep feeling of patriotism and social responsibility. At the same time, students are encouraged to develop a strong passion for knowledge and creativity, and a sense of intellectual curiosity.

Name of SchoolColegio Israelita de México ORT (CIM-ORT)
LocationMexico City
Age rangePreschool, Elementary, Junior High, High School
Students590
Teachers98

CIM-ORT has been a member of the ORT network since 2010. Students of CIM ORT have use of the most up-to-date technologies in computers and robotics, using this technology to participate in ORT national and international competitions and events.

More about CIM-ORT

CIM-ORT's mission is to foster students who are passionate about learning and to contribute to their education with a focus on global vision, Jewish identity, recognition of the centrality of the State of Israel, patriotism, and social responsibility.

Education Philosophy and Vision

CIM ORT's educational philosophy emphasises student-centred education, Jewish values and principles alongside collaborative learning and respect for individuality. The school's aim is to be the best educational option in Mexico for the Jewish community.

Pedagogy and Project Based Learning

CIM ORT's pedagogical foundations are based in programmes and projects designed to achieve personal, social and academic excellence, develop critical thinking, create a strong bond with México through the value of patriotism as well as deliver a profound Jewish education and identity.

The educational projects integrate the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) plans and programmes, technology in a cross curricular manner, environmental education, English program, Hebrew and Jewish education, academic exchanges, cultural trips and all the benefits acquired by the liaison with World ORT and ORT México. CIM ORT is an inclusion school, which enriches both the learning process and the school community.

Central to the school's pedagogical vision are the following principles:

  • An educational methodology focused on the constructivist approach with additional emphasis on the use of technology.
  • A Project Approach in the preschool and elementary school, for students to design, plan and carry out a long-term project and publicly present their work.
  • Project Based Learning in the middle and high school, for students to combine their knowledge with the acquisition of skills and attitudes for solving problems collaboratively. This strategy naturally integrates theory and practice and leads the student to build his or her own knowledge and to develop abilities for life.
  • Problem Based Learning - a dynamic approach to teaching used throughout the school, in which students explore real world problems and challenges.

Jewish Education

The Department of Judaic Studies is viewed as essential by the institution in giving a sense of belonging, responsibility and solidarity with the State of Israel and with the Jewish People at an individual and community level.

To support the learning of Hebrew language, Jewish Traditions and Jewish history, various programmes operate in the school:

During the middle school and high school, Jewish history is taught with the aid of the "Toldot Program", a comprehensive program based on Tanach, history of the Jewish People and Jewish Thought. This program promotes active learning through problem solving, reflection and investigation and proceeds in a "spiral" manner. In providing space for establishing connections and addressing topics from different perspectives it is focused on the students and their needs concerning their Jewish identity.

The "Halav u Dvash" program is run during preschool, the objectives of which are to provide children with a basic knowledge of the Hebrew language so that they can communicate using linguistic structures, every-day and holiday vocabulary.

During the first two years of elementary school, the "Tal Am" program is focused through the learning environment and is applied during the reading and writing learning process. From the third to the fifth year of elementary school, the students use the "Haverim be Ivrit program" which is divided into different levels according to their language level. In this way individual progress is achieved at a student's pace. In addition, during the third year of elementary school students beging to prepare for the study of the Torah. This study concludes at the end of high school, in the Toldot format.

The "NETA" (Noar le tovat ivrif) program runs from the sixth year of elementary school and up, continuing advancements in communicative approaches and multiple disciplines. Furthermore, every grade studies topics of interest for their age alongside the grammar and linguistic curricula.

CIM ORT is a dynamic and vibrant institution that has become central to the community, with the following after school activities available to the entire Jewish community:

  • Bet-El Chorus
  • Scouts Israelitas
  • Habonim Dror- Jewish youth movement meetings are now also hosted at CIM ORT.
  • Soccer after-school program
  • American Football
  • GAMP COAJ: Paramedic and first aid training for high school students
  • Madrichim and instructor training with the local Jewish community.
  • Robotics: Students have access to the newest technologies including a 3D printer and participate in national and international competitions.

Collaboration Projects

GlobalLab provides high school students with access to a virtual platform for students worldwide.

Exchange programmes focused on Robotics and Digital Media with ORT Russia, ORT Argentina and ORT Mexico during the school year.

Programmes

Idea Lab

The Department of Academic Support caters for the academic needs of students with learning disabilities and special needs. The objective of the DAS is to slowly integrate the student into the school’s mainstream academic program, while gradually decreasing the student’s need for academic support. Support ceases completely once the student is fully academically independent.[Read more]

Idea Lab is a 21st Century educational space innovating the concept of Learning by Doing. Students have the opportunity to work with tools for digital manufacturing, electronics, wood and metal manufacturing, robotics and 3D printing among others. The lab is used every day by students of all ages and has been instrumental in developing projects in the local community.

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The value of Tikun Olam has permeated all levels of education at our school. While the concept is integrated in the school values, plans and programs, it is also a real life experience for students that engage in social services and live first hand experiences helping and compromising with their community. This program fosters social empathy towards the family, school, community and country, while developing attitudes, values and organizational methods capable of promoting positive social change.

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The Bullying Prevention Program works throughout the school to foster an environment of tolerance, mutual respect and collaborative work.  It trains students to recognise and deal with specific bullying situations. In addition, the program provides support to all students in order to help them develop responsible social attitudes to each other.

CIM-ORT Verde is a program that begins in kindergarten and continues through high school. With the support of their families, students participate in projects that teach the importance of respecting the planet’s natural resources by using them in a responsible way. This program puts into practice the principles of recycle, reuse and reduce.

CIM-ORT Verde has educated students about sustainable development, endangered species, composting, recycling, organic gardening, and the need to save water and electricity. Consequently, the school has reduced its ecological footprint through improved awareness of sustainable values and behaviors.