Jewish State Educational Complex 'Simha', Kiev

Jewish state educational complex "Simha" was opened in 1991 by the Charitable Foundation "Shiurey Chabad Jewish Diaspora" (Israel) and by the state administration of Kiev (Ukraine). The Kindergarten started its work in 1991, the 1-4 grades were opened in 1992 and the 5-11 grades in 1999. From September 2015, the school has been part of the World ORT network.

Simha consists of 2 educational institutions:

1) Educational teaching complex with advanced study of foreign languages (Hebrew, English) for kindergarten and primary school (1-4 grades);

2) Specialised school #325 Simha secondary school (5-11 grades).

Name of School Jewish State Educational Complex "Simha"
Location Kiev/Ukraine
Age range Pre-School, Elementary, Junior High, High School
Students 295
Teachers 42

Thanks to World ORT investments, the kindergarten and primary school of Simha was opened after the capital repairs on October 20, 2017. Junior students gained new facilities: new playgrounds for each group of the kindergarten, sports grounds, and a modern assembly hall with up-to- date music equipment. In the Educational complex there are now modern game rooms and bedrooms, a medical room, a psychologist's office, a speech therapist, a sports hall, two food units with modern technological equipment. The youngest students enjoy use of a large number of modern toys, games for the development of logic and motor skills, sports equipment and playing corners for role-playing games, equipped in each group.

Alongside teaching the state curriculum, the school offers in-depth study of Judaism, computer technology and English. As a part of the ORT-STEM project a robotics course was introduced in Kindergarten, a Junior STEM project on natural science was launched in elementary school and senior school students study a course entitled "Programming of unmanned aerial vehicles,” as well as a practical physics course and robots with machine vision course. The school conducts Hebrew lessons, education about Jewish festivals and Jewish Studies contests within the pedagogical practice. Kosher meals are provided for all students of the school and every half a year the school is attended by undergraduates from Israel and USA.

Transportation is provided for students through the Charitable Foundation "Shiurey Chabad Jewish Diaspora"; there are 8 routes throughout Kiev and the suburb.


Hebrew is studied 4 hours per week in the 1st - 2nd grades, 5 hours per week in 4th - 5th grades; up to 5 hours per week in secondary school.

The curriculum follows the NETA International program; all teachers have passed training upon this program and regularly upgrade their qualification through participation in different seminars, conferences, etc.

Jewish State Educational Complex "Simha" school specialists were the first in Ukraine to develop the program on Hebrew language; the program was approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and implemented into the school's curriculum.

Culture & Traditions of the Jewish People

This course is taught to students from the 1st to 11th grade for 2 hours per week.

Informal Jewish Education

The school organises Shabbatonim in which whole families take part. Senior school students participate in the Masa Shorashim international program. All the Jewish holidays are celebrated at the school, where pupils come with their parents.

Also, at school the following Jewish education programs run: "Stars" clubs for adolescents and for women; Women's Club; Summer camp; Torah study for women; Torah study for men; Lectures with well-known Rabbis;  "Tsyvot Hashem" International club for boys; Bar/Bat-Mitzvah in Israel.

Informatics in primary school

This course runs in the 2nd-4th grades according to the state curriculum. Pupils are acquainted with the computer, its applications and basic components to acquire initial computer skills. Pupils gain an idea of notification and information processes, and history of computing devices. Students become acquainted with graphical editors, files and folders, using windows, searching data online, creating presentations and algorithms.

Informatics in secondary and high school

This course is studied from the 5th till 11th grades according to the state curriculum. The course for the 5th and 6th grades uses the local educational methodology "Infomandry" recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, 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 one hour a week covering an introduction to computer science, basic computer devices, operating systems, graphics editing and text editing.

In the 6th grade students spend one hour a week covering vector graphics editing, spreadsheets, an introduction to programming and the Internet as a global network, and spend time creating computer presentations.

In the 9th and 11th grades the course runs for one hour per week. Students are acquainted with basic programming, modern operating systems, modern means of communication through the Internet and e-mail clients.

Additional Courses

In April 2017 for the first time at the school an optional technology course based on the use of Lego sets was introduced in the kindergarten, primary school (1-4 grades) and in high school (5-9 grades).

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”. The course is based on Lego educational sets.

- In the 1st and 2nd grades students get acquainted with the designer, the basic mechanisms and create the first models making use of LEGO Simple machine.

- In 3rd-4th grades students study programming and design, as well as carry out STEM projects using Lego WeDo 2.0.

- In 5th grades students study the course 'Technology of modelling of simple structures and mechanisms'

- In 6th grade students study the course 'Technology of designing of technological systems' learn design and engineering, familiarity with the concept of energy, pneumatics, etc.

- In 7th -8th grades students learn design and programming making use of Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits during the course “Technology for creation of robotic systems” (7th grade) and during the course“Technology for Control of Robotic Systems” (8th grade);

- All students of 7th -11th grades learn Robotics and programming, making use of Lego Mindstorms EV3 sets during Technology lessons.