96.2% of Boys Town Jerusalem students passed the maticulation exam

Since its founding in 1948, Boys Town Jerusalem reached the all-time high number of 96.2% of students who passed the 2019 national bagrut matriculation examination. Five of the top-scoring grads were named exemplary students, with their bagrut certificates personally signed by the Minister of Education. According to Principal Yossi Cohen, the Ministry of Education soundly ranks BTJ as one of the top schools in Jerusalem.

Principal Yossi Cohen devotes his time to help students for these exams

The school’s bagrut victory is especially sweet for Yossi Cohen, who for 23 years has devoted his days and nights to following the progress of every BTJ student in order to propel him to succeed in the difficult exams.

“In Israel, a bagrut certificate is an essential ticket to a better life, particularly for our students from poverty-stricken backgrounds,” Cohen declares. “Without bagrut, colleges and universities are closed for entry.”

Cohen calls students daily

Cohen’s Bagrut Battle Plan begins with entering every 11th and 12th grade student’s phone number into his cellphone, and a daily call to nearly everyone to review his progress. “Every single boy who needs help gets tutoring,” he stresses. “We place great emphasis on English and math, the hardest and ultimately most crucial subjects for their success.” Moreover, BTJ’s challenging technology curriculum enables higher-level bagrut exams providing advanced standing in the IDF and university.

Depsite coronavirus challenges, Cohen still made matriculation exams a priority

The coronavirus wreaked havoc with the Class of 2020’s studies, Cohen laments. “For the months that school was closed, I maintained contact with every boy in need, working with his teachers and tutors to provide augmented online help,” he says. At the recent graduation ceremony, Alon Mekiaten was one of the many grads who came to personally thank Yossi Cohen. “You never gave up on encouraging me to take (and pass) Advanced English for the bagrut,” he said. “Now I’m really proud I did it!”

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