About the school

The School for the Gifted School for the Gifted Ron Vardi is one of the largest and most established schools in Israel. It hosts over 1000 excelling students who were chosen by the Ministry of Education as students with the highest studying potential. The nurturing and development activities are between the third and ninth grade, each day for a different grade. During the morning hours, the excelling students study in the special program at their home school. In the afternoon, those excelling students are invited for enrichment courses at the highest educational level. The acquired contents are varied while emphasizing the nurturing of tools and skills, teamwork, and creativity. After 25 years of operating at the Haviv School, the school moved to its new facilities in which it has two scientific halls of models, a science lab, a makers lab, and a robotics lab. Courses for varied age levels take place in collaboration with other schools in the city. The school also hosts teacher conferences regarding advanced teaching strategies.

After 25 years of operating at the Haviv School, the school moved to its new facilities in which it has two scientific halls of models, a science lab, a makers lab, and a robotics lab.

Courses for varied age levels take place in collaboration with other schools in the city. The school also hosts teacher conferences regarding advanced teaching strategies.

Ron Vardi

Son of Yedidyah and Drorah Vardi, Ron, was born on May 11, 1964, in Rishon LeZion. Ron started his studies at the Haviv elementary school and graduated with distinction. He continued his studies at the Gimnasia Realit in Rishon LeZion, however, he discontinued his studies in order to take the final high school examination as an external student. Ron was a gifted child, he had many fields of activity and even contributed to the community and society. He participated in the scouts, was ahead of a regiment (Gdud) at “Shevet Sorek” and the scouts coordinator at the scouts tribe “Yaad” in Ramat Eliyahu. Already as a child, his skills were noticeable. Already at the age of 12, he maintained the pedagogic center at the Haviv school while beginning his computer studies at the Noar Shoher class at the Weizmann Institute.

Ron was coordinated and instructed different afternoon activities: at the instructional center of the youth movement, at the computer school, classes for radio, electricity, and electronics amateurs, and he also wrote and published instructional booklets in those fields. He participated in a youth delegation on behalf of the city of Rishon LeZion to the US, as well as the documentary film “Sixteen in Rishon '' aired on the Israeli television.

Ron was also active in the Civil Guard in his city. His hobbies were photography and film development, diving, and rappelling. He acquired his knowledge in the field of electronics and computer software by himself and reached remarkable achievements in those fields. He was the first to practically communicate between computers using a telephonic connection with the “Maariv” newspaper. Ron postponed his recruitment to the army in one year, volunteered in “Etgar” for one year, and worked for children of his youth movement and youth at risk in Ramat Eliyahu. At the beginning of November 1983, he was recruited to the army and volunteered to serve in the “Givati” unit. Upon completion of his boot camp, he joins the “Shaked” battalion and completed various trainings among which, designated sniper course.

On April 29, 1984, Ron was killed in the line of duty in Lebanon and was buried at the military cemetery in Rishon LeZion. He left behind his parents, a sister and twin brothers. In the condolences letter to his family, his commander wrote, among other things: “during his short service in the battalion, Ron was able to participate in many operational activities and during the long training period he stood out and was loved by all. I knew Ron as a strong will soldier with great abilities and his leadership which was evident in everything he did and performed”. In his memory, the “Haviv” elementary school in Rishon LeZion established the “Ron Center for the nurturing of gifted children named after Ron Vardi” that gathers the gifted children of Rishon LeZion from the 3rd to the 6th grade.

How was the school established?

The Ron Vardi Center was established and operated as a part of the Haviv school located at Ehad Ha’am street. On August 16, 2013, the center relocated to Avi Haasirim street. The building was designed by architect David Nofar. Its modern design is composed of bold colored geometric shapes intended to represent the unique vision and activity of the center.

The building has 4 floors, each made of rectangular boxes placed on top of each other. The inspiration for the design, according to David Nofar, is the shape of a crystal from which the pieces erupt similar to the way innovative ideas erupt from the students of the center, while the rectangular shapes produce a sense of order and structure. In addition, the choice of bold metallic colors reflects the innovative and modern thinking which characterizes the spirit of the center.

How to get accepted?

Students who are admitted to the studies at the Ron Vardi Center are students who were located and found suitable by the Gifted and Excellence Students Division of the Ministry of Education. Further information about the admission process, submission of appeals, and additional inquiries can be submitted on the website of the Gifted and Excellence Students Division of the Ministry of Education, the Gifted Division.