As part of the effort to renew and deepen its involvement in Israeli education, the Alliance has joined with the Rashi Foundation to establish Darca, a network of high schools that combines quality education with social responsibility in order to create positive, permanent change.
Darca's guiding principles include: enabling youngsters to achieve scholastic excellence irrespective of the financial ability of their family or local municipality; placing social, Jewish and cultural education at the centre of school life, while giving expression to each student's family and religious identity; and integrating innovative models in order to further scholastic achievements and excellence. These principals are achieved through a variety of methods, such as enabling all students to study for a full matriculation diploma, adding courses of study, coordinating formal and informal education, and involving students in cultural activities. Other elements include creating a science-intensive environment, encouraging research and creativity in teaching, professional development of the teaching staff, organization and design of the learning space and more.
The educational curricula and pedagogical development of Darca's teaching staff revolve around the twin themes of educational excellence and social Jewish education. They will be implemented by increasing the motivation to learn, developing social and environmental responsibility and cultivating frameworks for community involvement, while providing a personal response to individual needs, along with comprehensive social activity and the joint training of teachers from religious, secular and traditional backgrounds.
Alliance schools that operate in the Muslim, Christian, and Druze sectors are rooted in their connection to their traditions, as part of the network's responsibility to minorities.