Academic Studies

 

OUR UNDERSTANDING OF EDUCATION – TEACHING 

Private Erenköy Işık Schools have adopted the concept of educating students in the leadership of universal values, aiming to keep the centuries of education history and the changes of the age together with the "Raise a good person" philosophy. 
• It allows students to internalize living values, express their feelings and thoughts within the framework of free and democratic rights and to recognize the culture they belong to and examine different cultures.
• An individual who learns that learning is a lifelong process, aims to achieve the goals of being a learner in a determined and systematic way.
• In our school, we adopt modern aproach with an education system based on student-centered and active learning.
• Interdisciplinary cooperation is supported by teaching methods and it is our aim that the student will be able to transfer interdisciplinary information.
• Considering the students' interests, abilities, skills and individual characteristics; It is our aim to raise people who think, ask, question and apply what they learn.
• In our school, learning how to learn is the dominant concept. It is believed that learners are individuals who discover and learn the knowledge and the learning model as an active one, not just who is receiving information passively.
• With this approach, our school values research, problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, information technology literacy, innovation / entrepreneurship and communication skills as the basic acquisitions.
• Various audiovisual information technologies are used to address the senses in order to enable the students to reach information by considering their individual learning styles.
• In addition to providing the students with the ability to use their native language correctly and in a beautiful way, English and the second foreign language are taught to be used effectively in their social and academic lives.
• In addition to the classroom environment, students can learn by using different living spaces with "application and experience".
• In the classroom, instead of an environment where there is individual competition among students; It is important to create a free and democratic learning environment in which students freely share their thoughts, ask questions without hesitation, learn to cooperate and compete only with themselves.
• Not only academic, also the social, emotional and physical development of students as a whole is given importance.

The foreign language course in our school has a structure that aims to enable students to express themselves correctly, fluently and freely in the fields of listening, reading, writing and speaking, which are the four main skills that bring practical use to the forefront. Our aim is to educate students who are questioning, criticizing, analyzing, comparing and commenting, in short, using English effectively. At the High School and Science High School, we aim to mobilize language through readings, articles, short stories, films and novels, and, to actively use it with compositions and a wide variety of speaking activities. We aim to improve our students' ability to express themselves in front of the public and to use the foreign language they have learned with confidence through regular project presentations and debates. In TOEFL studies, which have infrastructure in 10th grade, studies are carried out to gain academic skills. At the end of the 11th grade, we aim for the students to take the exam and skip the prep class in university. By supporting our program with domestic and international trips, we ensure that our students use the language they learn in their natural environment. Our students both have the opportunity to reinforce their language skills and use language more effectively thanks to cultural sharing. With the Model United Nations Club's (MUN) social activity, we aim to enrich our students' cultural backgrounds, perspectives and their ability to express themselves safely as a world citizen. At the ESU (English Speaking Union) Club, students are prepared for the public speaking and debate competitions held at regular intervals and have the opportunity to develop different skills that form the basis in these areas. By encouraging the AFS International Program, we are opening the doors of abroad education to our students. Our aim in Second Foreign Language education is to enable our students to express themselves in this language by raising them at the basic level according to the European Common Language Framework criterias. At the end of the Second Foreign Language Education in French, Spanish or German, our students have the right to take the DELF, DELE and FIT exams which are internationally valid and conducted by independent organizations, and they can document their language skills with a certificate.

The Department of Applied Courses consists of physical education, visual arts and music lessons. In addition to these courses, our department includes volleyball, basketball, football, swimming, table tennis, hiphop-dance, ceramics, art and design, cello, orchestra and musical clubs, where social club activities can be directed to our students' interests. Students who take the lead in these areas take important steps towards their future within the scope of their interests and skills.
ELECTIVE VISUAL ARTS COURSES
•To discover the ways of expressing themselves as a basic achievement throughout their lives by age level,
• To be equipped with emotional, cultural and social aspects through art,
• To provide a suitable environment to create a healthy, balanced identity and to acquire qualified habits with all the knowledge they get in our school through art.
• To educate students who are aware that art is a value that gives honor to individuals and societies.
• It is based on an understanding that gives importance to the quality of communication and creative thinking, problem solving, information and material selection in all applications in the field of Visual Arts.
• As a result of the contemporary developments and approaches in the field of art education, it is aimed to gain the concept of beauty and to implement a variety of qualities with a conscious guidance.
• The lessons are reinforced by making joint studies in and out of classrooms by the classroom teachers. (parks, gardens, exhibitions, museums, historical buildings, artists' workshops, arts and culture centers, joint projects and trips etc. were enriched).
• It is a principle for us to understand the works of art created from past to present, to read them visually and gain the pleasure from them.
• Contests that are made during the year are announced to the students.
• In order to bring all these valuable features to our students, workshops such as inland and overseas trips and famous artists' workshop visits are organized.
ELECTIVE MUSIC COURSE
• Our main purpose to develop sound, rhythm, tonal emotion, range knowledge, ear training and ear memory.
• In addition to that, we aim to raise "students artists" and "conscious-minded listeners".
• To direct each student according to his / her interests and abilities; and to create an ambition to play a musical instrument.
• To make them able to distinguish qualified from unqualified, and educate conscious listeners.
• It is aimed to direct the musical talent in the right direction and to support the student artist.
• Ensuring the development of national emotions and the love of Atatürk through music is our main goal in helping our students to grasp Atatürk's basic views on music and art.
• In the music lessons taught in elective courses, active training-teaching is carried out in music lessons by using barcovision and computer during the theoretical studies in the classroom environment, and by the musical instruments, which emphasize the creativity of our students.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS COURSE
• The primary objective in the physical education course; to develop self-confidence by using the supportive aspect of sports, develops self-esteem, self-control, adapting to the environment, respecting self and others, adhering to the rules, determining goals, learning to share, competition, winning and losing.
• It starts with the lessons about brain's work to manage the body and to using the body in-game. Our courses are supported by muscle development provider studies and general sports knowledge.
• Children are directed to various branches according to their personal and physical characteristics as their ages and classes grow.
• Students who show a positive development in our physical education courses are directed to the current school teams of the relevant sports branches.
Counselling and Guidance Services
Starting from kindergarten, our service supports the academic development of our students during all the education and teaching process, and develops their behavior and adaptation skills related to family, environment and school. The Psychological Counselor is the person who monitors and supports personal, social development of the student and ensures that the student recognizes him/herself and trusts his/her own strengths. Guidance and Psychological Counseling is a systematic and professional assistance process and is a matter of expertise.

The courses of the department of Turkish Language and Literature are carried out in line with the programs of the Ministry of National Education and the Basic Objectives of National Education. Our teachers; aims to raise students bounded with Atatürk's principles and reforms with high self-esteem who are able to read and interpret both classical and contemporary works of Turkish and world literature and use it correctly and expressly by using correct language and expression. In line with the objectives of Turkish language and literature courses, the students are taught the outstanding examples of Turkish and world literature, and the texts of contemporary writers are analyzed with the discussions within the course. In order to enable students to express their thoughts orally and in writing correctly, student-centered activities are often given place, and care is given to the selection of works to support students to have social awareness and universal perspective. Teachers of Turkish Language and Literature Department are aware of reading, listening and writing, understanding correctly what you read and write; using your mother tongue correctly and competently are the main elements of being a national and a universal individual. In order to convey this awareness to students, it is not only practised in in-class studies but also the extra-curricular activities.
Our aim is to prepare students for higher education by raising individuals who can think analytically, who can make queries about the questions asked, and why they can understand the subjects better by questioning why. . In our high school, math classes are taught in English until the 12th grade. In the 12th grade and in our Science High School, math teaching is carried out in Turkish. 
Our Basic Objectives in Teaching Mathematics;
• To teach that mathematics is a universal language, and teach the symbols and concepts that make up this language,
• To comprehend that mathematics is a discipline of thought and it will be used in every aspect of life,
• Develop positive changes in knowledge, skills and behaviors and develop students who think scientifically,
• To help students to make abstraction based on their concrete experiences.
Our aim is to prepare students for higher education and train questioning interpreting and sharing individuals. Education is a process and in this process we continue our works as a whole, based on the common language, continuity and cooperation. In our high school, science classes are taught in English until the 12th grade. In the 12th grade and in our Science High School, science teaching is carried out in Turkish. All students in our Science High School prepare a final project from any of the science fields throughout their high school life. Our students determine the project topics in an area to be determined by our teachers and complete their projects in accordance with the pre-determined criteria and studies. Student projects completed by our students are displayed at the year end in our school.
Courses taught by our department: High school physics, chemistry, biology and health knowledge and traffic culture courses
Our Basic Objectives in Physics, Chemistry and Biology Teaching;
• Teaching them how to be able to comprehend research paths by investigating, observing and experimenting on events, and to avoid the knowledge based on memorization,
• To provide students with the ability to start, maintain and finalize a scientific study independently through laboratory studies,
• Implement an education system in which it can interpret events and connect with daily life.
Laboratory Studies
It is our aim that our students will be educated as individuals who are environmentally conscious, scientifically thinking, experimenting, solution producing and researching. Them being open to interpretation, change and development in line with scientific foundations are among our most important subjects. In line with our objectives; Our physics, chemistry and biology laboratories have European and World standards with the necessary infrastructure and security conditions to perform all kinds of experiment and work. We educate our students as individuals who can interpret the events and make connections with daily life by experimenting and observing the theoretical knowledge they see in the laboratory. In this direction; Our students are given necessary guidance to participate in national and international Olympic information and project competitions in physics, chemistry and biology branches. Important successes are achieved in these areas every year.
Planetarium
Turkey's first school planetarium has been operating in our campus since the 2004-2005 academic year. With this special venue appointment system, our institution is a special place for students at all levels in campuses and guest schools, where realistic simulations of everything related to the sky (stars, constellations, planets, solar system, galaxies, meteors and other celestial bodies) and space science can be watched and narrated, mythological stories are heard and scientific discussions are made.

The courses of the Social Sciences Department are conducted in line with the MEB's programs and the Basic Objectives of the National Education. Our teachers raises our students as individuals who are bounded with Atatürk's principles, use their mother tongue correctly, know their own history and culture, recognize other cultures, respect differences, use technology correctly, think and question them, catch up with the day, and have a high self-esteem.
At High School and Science High School; History, T.C. History of Revolution and Kemalism, Geography, Philosophy Group (Philosophy, Elective Logic and Sociology), Religious Culture and Ethics courses. Our aim with our history courses is to educate sensitive individuals about multiculturalism, world citizenship, universal values, freedom and equality and teach them to perceive the world as a whole in the framework of peace, tolerance and mutual understanding and how to offer solutions to social problems. Our aim is to help students to understand the importance of basic values such as democracy and human rights and to educate individuals willing to live on secular, democratic, national and contemporary values. To give students different perspectives by examining the processes related to people, society and the world from different perspectives. The Department of History continues its academic studies in this direction; it supports and guides its students to be individuals who are aware of the idea that civilization is the common production of humanity. Our first goal is to teach the location properties of Turkey in terms of regional and global affairs, and so they become more aware of the natural and human sourced potential owned by Turkey. In this direction, it is our aim that our students gain geographical consciousness related to our country and the World, starting from the area they live in.
With the "Non scholae sed vitae discimus. - We learn for life, not for school." principle, we help our students to understand and make sense of the universe, life and "human" and to gain the ability to filter each thought through criticism. Nevertheless, by associating our lessons with life, we aim to enable our students to look at universal and social problems in a wide angle.
In Religious Culture and Ethics Courses, our aim is to educate virtuous individuals who know and respect the moral values and internalize the learned moral values.