Universities throughout the country encourage gap year programs because they offer experiences that lead toward more well-balanced, well-rounded college students. Further, the maturation process during a gap year typically leads to greater success when students ultimately transition to college.
Spending a year in Israel immediately after high school graduation strengthens young alumni’s connection to the State of Israel and helps solidify their pride and identity as Jews and Zionists. A gap year experience in an Israeli yeshiva, seminary, college program or the IDF is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Israel Gap Year Guidance at Scheck Hillel begins in Grade 9 and continues through Grade 12. The team presents regularly at Scheck Hillel college counseling events and hosts representatives from many yeshivot, seminaries and college programs throughout the school year. As a best practice, Scheck Hillel has developed a 20-point priority survey to assist in determining a student’s goals and aspirations throughout a multiyear partnership with each student and his/her parents. This survey helps the Israel Guidance team find the “right fit” for each student.
Scheck Hillel’s Israel Guidance team works one-on-one with students and parents to identify schools or programs that best meet the desired intellectual, spiritual and emotional objectives of each individual family and assists in the application process every step of the way. Importantly, Scheck Hillel’s Israel Guidance team partners hand-in-hand with the school’s College Counseling team to ensure a unified vision and plan customized to each individual student.