At Israel’s Top High School, Classes Are Taught in Arabic

Year after year it tops the list of Israel’s best high schools — but it’s not an obvious contender for the title. For starters, it isn’t located in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or any of the country’s affluent suburbs. Neither is it privately or even semi-privately funded. And classes at this school aren’t even taught in Hebrew.

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Israel’s top performing high school — as it has been widely hailed in recent years — is located in Beit Jann, a small Druze village situated atop a steep mountain in the northern Galilee. It is the rare example of an Israeli public school where 100 percent of the seniors (or very close to it) pass the high school graduation exams (a prerequisite for admission into Israeli universities). By comparison, the national average ranges between 60 and 70 percent.

In their new documentary “One Hundred Percent,” the Israeli husband-and-wife filmmaking duo Ronen Zaretzky and Yael Kipper go behind the scenes of this out-of-the-way school to try to figure out the secret to its success.

The film won the best documentary award at the Jerusalem Film Festival in July and will air in Israel on September 1, the first day of the new school year.

– One Hundred Percent trailer