Reducing the Rate of Withdrawal Among High School Students

The Importance of Reducing the Drop-Out Rate of High School Students:

One of the major problems experienced by high schools in many countries  is a high drop-out rate, particularly among students from socio-culturally disadvantaged groups. There are several factors contributing to this phenomenon including:

  • Disadvantaged students generally do not receive systematic instruction in higher-level learning and thinking skills over the course of their education, which results in high school studies appearing to be too great a challenge for them;
  • Many demonstrate a learning style incompatible  with intensive studies in fields such as mathematics and science;
  • The development of a negative self-image as a learner, which combined with a history of academic failure, leads to decreased learning motivation.

It is vital to provide disadvantaged students with additional learning skills essential for effective high school studies. They will improve their self-image through immersion in a new area of learning, an arena free from previous negative experience. In this way, they will be able to increase their learning motivation.


To reduce the drop-out rate among disadvantaged high school students through use of the Feuerstein Cognitive Intervention program, which is aimed at enhancing their learning skills and improving their learning motivation.

Target Groups:   

Teachers and educational counselors working with high school students at-risk of dropping-out.

Program Elements:

  • Preparation of cognitive intervention program based on Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment program and its “bridging” to relevant high-school curricular subjects.
  • Training course in the Feuerstein Cognitive Intervention program for teachers and counselors.
  • Implementation of intervention program by trained teachers and counselors.
  • Evaluation of the implementation.

Time Frame:

  • Training course for teachers and counselors: 135 academic hours
  • Implementation of the intervention program (for a group of 25-30 students): 4 academic hours per week for a period of 30 weeks (120 hours).

For additional information or to register, contact Moshe Ben-Porath.

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