International Baccalaureate (IB)


FMV Işık Schools has always been pioneering and forward looking in determining its philosophy and fundamental principles about the field of education. It also has been involved in restructuring model which is innovating and open to development and interaction. FMV Isik Schools is an institution which has implemented many "firsts". It is the first school which started providing foreign languages from prep classes after the proclamation of the Republic. It is the first school which removed the subjects of Arabic and Persian from its program even before public schools offering subjects such as philosophy, sociology, logic, and trade instead. It is the first school offering coeducation regardless of gender difference. It bears the distinction of being one of the first schools of Turkey which has introduced the Socrates-Comenius program.

FMV Isik Schools, with its 132 years of experience in the education sector, detects the orientation of new education trends and continues its development in the direction of future needs in this area accordingly. It doesn't consider education only in national basis and follows the international education programs as well, and shows that it is also a stakeholder of those programs by participating in such organizations. Schools are inspected very seriously by external authorities in the process of participating in international programs. This gives an opportunity for our schools to make a comparison with similar schools around the world and test themselves in the global context.

In August 2012, FMV Private Erenköy Işık High Schools was accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) which proves that it provides an education which is in international standards. In the 2014-2015 academic year our school started implementing International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) which is a continuation of the integration into international education. To earn the right to be an IB school it had to go through the same process in CIS integration which means the inspection of the physical conditions of the school and our courses.


The IB Diploma Program is an ambitious and worldwide prestigious academic program. It prepares students for both national and universities abroad, and helps them to be better prepared and qualified for university admissions. The program's unique curriculum prides itself in developing student's research skills as well as developing their global perceptions to better understand the world at an international level. The IB diploma program's intensive training goal is to raise young people who will help create a better and more peaceful world by being respectful, inquiring, knowledgeable and caring individuals. It also encourages the students to be individuals who understand that other people with their differences can also be right, and who are active, compassionate and believers of lifelong learning. The IB Diploma Program, apart from all these features, provides an education of individuals who are well-rounded, curious, creative, responsible, and above all, literate.


Our world has become an information society and the way we access information and transfer data has changed. As educators, while we use knowledge and experience for our students' future and success in order to be prepared for and ready to follow these rapid changes, we aim to raise our students to be individuals who are good at thinking and problem solving, using information in a creative way, are inclined to science and technology production, and are not afraid of getting to know or explain themselves.


FMV Erenköy Işık High School – Erenköy Işık Science High School Principal

Erenköy Işık High School - Educational Philosophy


Erenköy Işık High School has adopted the idea of 'raising good citizens' as the first and foremost guiding principle in their educational philosophy in order to compromise between 100 years of history in education and transitional changes, taking the universal values as basis. It is our aim that the students will be able to express their ideas and emotions freely within democratic boundaries and will analyse and become aware of their own culture. Based on student-centred education and active learning, modern learning methods are supported with interdisciplinary collaboration. Taking the skills, talents and interests of the individuals into account, students are aimed to be raised as thinking, inquiring, questioning individuals who apply the teachings to their life.


While preparing students intellectually for higher education and real life, we aim to accomplish our mission by enabling students to become excellent in their mother-tongue, good users of more than one foreign language, develop tolerance towards other cultures and be forward-thinking in maths and science. In addition, we aim to develop ethical awareness in students related to art, literature and sports. We also aim to raise students who are an environmentally aware, life-long learners with a sense of history, have social consciousness, and hold both national and universal identity.

International Baccalaureate Organization

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student founded in 1968. The four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. IBO currently works with 3,676 schools in 146 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

IB programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

International Baccalaureate and FMV Erenköy Işık High School

The parallel between the mission of our high school and IB is one of the most important factors for our decision to follow this program. In missions of both institutions students are at the centre and the main target is to create the necessary conditions for students to become world citizens as well as citizens who have great knowledge of their own culture.

With our school slogan 'Raising good citizens' as the basic principle, we highlight the importance of universal values and we believe that happiness of an individual is possible by establishing the balance between academic growth, emotional, psychological and physical health and social harmony.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationnally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shered guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners we strive to be:


We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learne independently and with others. We learn with enthousiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise iniative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect fort he dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives-intellectual, physical and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.




What is IB Diploma Program?

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous, two-year pre-university course of study designed for high school students in the 16 to 19 age range. Language of the program is English except for the courses Turkish Literature and Turkey in the 20th Century. The program in FMV Erenköy Işık High School, which is planned to start in the academic year of 2014-2015, will be implemented for 10th and 11th Grade level students. The program ends by the time students reach the November exam period of 12th Grade level.

IB curriculum and its practices aim to reach all the targets needed to develop the traits in the above mentioned IB learner profile. The balance between various principles of the program and academic background is important. Furthermore, academic growth and success in the lessons are not sufficient for personal fulfilment and happiness. Students are expected to give importance to physical education and they have to be involved with one sport throughout the program. Students are also aware of the fact that personal fulfilment lies within helping others and sharing their learning and skills with everyone that needs around them.

Based on the above mentioned ideas, students become a part of community service for two years. In addition to this, students must develop one profession in order to keep their creative light alive throughout the two-year program. At the end of this process, students must review their experiences and depict them in terms of formal writing.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.




Privileges Gained by IB Students

There are several advantages of getting an IB diploma. To begin with, it is recognized by the most prestigious universities in the international community. Secondly, the two-year experience is an excellent opportunity to gain the skills required by these highly demanding and prestigious universities. These universities provide exclusive opportunities to IB graduated students especially whose grades are high. Similar conditions apply to the private universities in Turkey, too. It is possible that IB Students enjoy certain privileges such as lateral transfer and scholarship.

What makes the Diploma Program prominent is its balanced and extensive curriculum. While it enables students to gain the academic skills needed for the challenging university life, it also puts emphasis on health and development of social, cognitive and physical skills. By the end of this program, IB students who begin their tertiary education, become inquirers and critical thinkers, confident and accurate both in their mother-tongue and foreign language. All of these skills are distinguishing features of IB students in their university life as well as in their work career.

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