The High School

 

The high school starts with an intensive22- 24-hour-a-week year of English Prep for students whose level is below B1. Those who are successful in Prep move on to grades 9-12, along with those who enter the high school with English above B1. Math and Sciences are taught in English, while other subjects are taught in Turkish. Students choose one of three tracks to study in grades 10-12; Turkish-Math, Math-Sciences, and Languages.

English continues to be one of the strong points of the school; literature, essay writing, and preparation for TOEFL are highlights of the program. The aim of the English Program is to educate students in critical thinking and analysis, encourage in-depth discussion, and foster familiarity with some world issues through carefully selected works of literature; and also to enable them to pass the English Prep year in English-medium universities they will attend. French or German is taught as a second foreign language, and students take either DELF or FIT exams to certify their proficiency in these languages. Model United Nations and European Youth Parliament clubs, as well as Public Speaking and Debate are some of the important organizations and activities that support the English program. Native speakers make up 45% of the English language teaching staff.

In grades 11 and 12, students prepare intensively for the university entrance exam, and the school provides many opportunities to students who need extra help in different subjects, like extra hours, study groups, individual tutoring, mock exams and periodic assessments with formative feedback.  In general, 95-100% of graduates are placed in national and foreign universities. Counselors support students in their many needs; choosing tracks of study, organizing seminars on different professions and careers, and visits to local universities, as well as helping them on an individual basis by providing them with work schedules and self-assessment tools, and fostering good study habits. 

Both primary and high school students are encouraged to take up projects in various subjects, like Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Geography and participate in national and international competitions. Numerous students and projects have received many prestigious prizes from organizations like TUBİTAK, the Math Olympics, Mind Games, Math League, the First Step to Nobel Prize, and the International Science and Engineering Fair. Various community service programs and clubs operate whose activities range from teaching English to public school students, fundraising for disabled children, to sending assembled computers to schools in rural areas.