You can tell from the title that today is G-Day at ABC Wednesday.
"Gee, what a nice campus for 9th to 12th grade kids," I thought while waiting for a bus just outside the school's fence and seeing it more or less up close for the first time.
The sign said ISRAEL ARTS AND SCIENCE ACADEMY.
Here's what I now learn from Googling:
"IASA is the most integrated high school in Israel.
Its 200 students and over 1000 graduates come from more than 100 communities across Israel.
They are religious and secular Jews; Israeli Arabs (Druze, Christian, Bedouin and Muslim); new immigrants and native-born Israelis.
They come from development towns and major cities, kibbutzim and moshavim.
They represent the full mosaic of Israeli society."
--from the Academy's website
Overlooking the southern Jerusalem Hills, the 19-acre Schusterman Campus is home to the students for three years. A real residential high school.
IASA was founded in 1990 by the Society for Excellence through Education.
The carefully selected gifted students may major in either natural sciences , music, visual arts, or humanities.
Listen to what Wikipedia says! --
"The studies in the Art Department consist of painting, sculpting, photography, and video art classes.
Students also study the history of modern art and classic art.
In their second year, students write their own academic paper about any art topic they choose. In their third year, students work on their final practical exhibit."
Lucky kids, eh?
More about Israel's various programs for the "gifted, talented, and very able" is here.