ORT Specialized School #41, Chernivtsi

A Jewish school was opened in Chernivtsi in 1991.  In 2010, as a result of a three-way agreement of cooperation between the school, ORT and the educational department of Chernivtsi City Council, ORT established computer classes at the school. At the start of 2011 the school officially became an ORT school, and in 2012 an ORT IT Centre was established in the school.

Since 2010 the school has been ranked first amongst schools in the city.

Alongside the general education provided, the School also specializes in two advanced tracks of study: Jewish education and technology education.

Name of SchoolORT Specialized School #41
Location Chernivtsi/Ukraine
Age rangeElementary, Junior High, High School

Jewish Education

All Jewish education courses have been developed by the school’s teaching staff and recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. All classrooms used for Jewish education are equipped with audio, video and computer facilities. All teachers in the Jewish education department regularly attend ORT and Heftsiba training courses.

The aim of this course is to develop students' verbal and written communication skills in Hebrew.  Students from the 1st to the 4th grade learn Hebrew for two hours per week; students from the 5th to the 11th grade learn Hebrew for three hours per week.

Students from the 5th to the 9th grade take this course for one hour per week. Students of the 10th to the 11th grade learn it for 1.5 hours per week. Special attention is paid in early years to familiarizing the whole family with fundamental Jewish practices.

Students from the 5th to the 9th grades take this course for one to two hours per week. Students from the 10th to the 11th grade learn it for 2 hours per week. The course gives students an opportunity to participate in preserving and protecting local Jewish cultural monuments and sacred places

This is a specially designed course for 10th and 11th grades students, which runs for half an hour per week.

This is a special course for 10th and 11th grades students.

The “Yahad” dance circle is open to students from the 4th to the 7th grade, who can participate for 2 hours per week.

Informal Jewish Education

Students in 8th to 11th grade participate in the work of a group called “Shorashim”, which investigates the history of the local Jewish community.

The school operates Club "Tsofim”, a Jewish youth club for teenagers aged 11-18 years old, which is supported by the Embassy of the State of Israel and the Jewish Cultural Center. The goal of the club is to popularize Jewish traditions, study cultural Jewish heritage and organize leisure activities.

Technology Education

Informatics is studied from the 2nd to the 11th grades for two hours per week, following a state program recommended by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine.

In elementary school, students in the 3rd and 4th grades take an introductory course which familiarizes them with simple computer equipment and computer programs like Paint.

In primary school, students from the 5th to the 8th grades extend their study, which includes learning the fundamentals of programming, how to work with more sophisticated programs like PowerPoint, how to use the Internet effectively and how to work with graphic design software.

In high school, students from the 9th to the 11th grade take their Computer Science studies to an advanced level, including further development of their skills in programming, design and creating presentations.

This course combines theory with practice, and is taught to high school students from the 9th to the 11th grades.  Students develop their skills in creating multimedia presentations with animation and computer design elements, learn to work with advanced internet resources, and prepare for competitions and Olympiads.

This course for students of the 7th to the 10th grades was introduced in 2012, and is conducted for five hours per week. Students integrate their knowledge of Physics and Information Technology to construct robots. 

Robotics course for students of the 5th -8th   grades (1 hour per week) is included into School’s curricula instead of craft lessons.

Students of the 1st -4th grades began to learn Robotics using LEGO WeDo, LEGO Early Simple Machines and LEGO Simple Machines (within the framework of Labour training) from January 2015.

ORT-Chernivtsi students participates in “Robotraffic” international competition of modelling and controlling robocars which traditionally take place in the Robotics Leumi Center of the "Technion" Institute in Haifa (Israel).

School’s 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.

New courses of Computer Graphics and Web-Design started from January 2015 for the students of 7th to 9th grades.

Students and teachers are active participants of international competitions conducted by ORT such as Animated Cards Competitions and Art Works Contests. 

The course was introduced recently into the school’s schedule within the framework of the Technology course to develop student skills in filming, video editing and photography. It is studied in the 6th form – 1 hour per week and in 7-8th form – 1 hour per two weeks. A School TV station is in operation, attracting the students from 9,11 forms.

Contributions to the national education system

  • Since September 2013 ORT Specialized School #41 has the status of Regional experimental area by the topic "Development of technological learning and development of students' technological skills and skills in implementing Robotics course for the 5th -7th grades within the framework of the concept of technological education and implementation of new state educational standards".
  • Since 2012 the School has worked in the SmartEducation pilot project of implementing ICT into the learning process.
  • A variety of seminars and workshops for teachers and principals from other schools are held on the base of ORT Chernivtsi School throughout the year.
  • In 2010, the School became the winner of All-Ukrainian public campaign "Leader in Education of Ukraine", in 2011 - "Leader of the 21st century education."
  • In 2014 the School was awarded with a gold medal and the Diploma of the 5th International exhibition "Modern educational establishments”.
  • A lot of students and teachers of ORT Specialized School #41 annually become the winners of the city and regional, project research, local history research and All-Ukrainian and International competitions and Olympiads.