Academic Studies

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL GUIDANCE AND COUNCELING SERVICE
Psychological Guidance and Counseling assists the development of students' educational, social and emotional state; helps students recognise themselves, their environment and find solutions to the challenges they face.

Study Fields in Psychological Guidance and Counselling:

  • Orientation studies
  • Individual counselling
  • Group counselling
  • In-Class activities
  • Newsletters
  • Seminars/Panels/Conversations

 

Orientation
These are activities assisting students' adaptation to their immediate surrounding and new situations. The orientation process starts on the first day of school and proceeds throughout the academic year.
Individual Counseling
Individual counselling is the process which helps students realize their potential and generate solutions to their own problems. These interviews are carried out in accordance with the students' own request, the parents' or teachers' guidance or with the guidance psychological' observations.

Group Counseling
The purpose of group counselling is taking advantage of group interaction to support their socio-emotional development. In group counselling, issues about students' self-esteem development, making friends and environmental compliance are discussed.

In-Class Activities
These activities are carried out in order to achieve social and educational objectives which are determined according to students' grade level. "Emotion recognition and understanding", "friendship", "respecting differences", "personal borders", "effective study methods", "perception and exam techniques", "being informed about national exams" are some of the issues that we base our activities on.

 

Newsletters
Parents and teachers are sent "newsletters" each are each based on certain topics that are age relevant.
Here are some examples to some of the newsletters that have been issued;

  • Progress Period Characteristics
  • Parents' Attitude
  • Working Mum
  • Dad's Role In Child Education
  • Media Use
  • Developing Responsibilities
  • Friendship
  • Communication Skills
  • Ways to Study More Efficiently
  • Coping with Exam Anxiety
  • Puberty

Seminars / Panels / Conversations
They are organised for students, teachers or parents. Studies are single or multi session and are conducted by the school counsellors or experts of relevant subject.
Example Studies:

  • Career Presentation Panel
  • Ways of Coping with Test Anxiety
  • Turkish Family Health and Planning Foundation (TAPV) Sexual Education

Studies on National Examination Preparations

  • Goal setting interviews,
  • Informing about tests and exam techniques,
  • Evaluation of pilot test results throughout the academic year,
  • Tests and inventories on determining career choice,
  • Presentations about national examinations
  • Counselling on career choice

Our aim is to prepare students for higher education by producing students who don't just accept knowledge as it's presented to them, but who question, assess and share information.
Education is a process. In this process we take into account language, continuity, and cooperation in our mathematics and science lessons from Grades 5 through 12.
Lessons which are taught in our department:
Primary and High School Mathematics
Primary Science and Technology
High School Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Health
Our primary goals in mathematics education:

  • mathematics is a universal language, thus we aim to teach students the symbols and concepts which comprise this language
  • to help students understand the number system and the primary foundations of the four functions
  • to develop the ability to solve problems using the primary functions with speed and accuracy
  • to help them understand the main concepts and properties of shapes and figures.
  • to develop a positive attitude toward mathematics lessons through in-class activities and projects
  • to develop critical thinking, research, and exploration skills

Our primary goals in Science and Technology education:

  • to apply a teaching system which places greater importance on hands-on laboratory work rather than memorization which allows for students to identify cause and effect, and evaluate occurrences by connecting them to their daily lives.
  • to develop a positive attitude toward science and technology lessons through in-class activities and projects.
  • to allow access to information through activities and to help students analyze this information.
  • to develop awareness of global problems such as global warming and other environmental issues.
  • to participate in regional and national competitions in order to allow students to apply their scientific knowledge through projects.

Laboratory work:
Our aim is to raise students who are knowledgeable, aware of their environment, and can think scientifically by performing scientific experiments. Analysis, open-mindedness and growth are among the most important skills for our primary students, as their scientific foundations are being formed during these years. Our laboratories contain all the equipment necessary to conduct a wide variety of experiments and have infrastructure and safety in line with European and international standards. Our students can analyze the information they see in their lessons through lab work, and can connect this information to their daily lives. Students conduct experiments both individually and in groups. They not only have the chance to explore topics they're interested in, but also have greater awareness when observing events in the world around them. Students are expected to develop their use of technology, inquire, research, produce and share their own work.
Planetarium:
Turkey's first in-school planetarium has been active on our campus since the 2004-2005 academic year.
This special domed structure is open by appointment to students of all levels from our foundation's campuses as well as visiting schools. The purpose of the planetarium is to inform students through exhibitions about everything pertaining to the sky and the studies of outer space, such as stars, constellations, planets, solar system, galaxies, meteors and other space matter. Here it is possible for students to watch realistic simulations with accompanying narration, listen to mythological legends, and engage in scientific debates.

The Fine Arts Department offers courses such as Visual Arts, Music, Creative Drama and Technology and Design.

The Department also organizes a wide range of social clubs including ballet, modern dance, art, photography, ceramics, sculpture and print-making techniques, fashion design, pantomime, drama, harp, guitar, violin and orchestra clubs.

In the Visual Art courses we aim;

  • to foster and expand our students' creativity and imagination
  • to enable our students to gain an awareness about themselves and their surroundings
  • to provide our students with multiple opportunities to enhance and exhibit their skills in a variety of artistic media
  • to enable our students to gain an understanding which encompasses the concept of art being means of communication
  • to raise students' awareness in the area of aesthetics and art history
  • to equip them with the necessary skills that enable them to comment on cultural and artistic concepts within a contemporary and objective framework

 

In the Music courses we aim ;

  • to guide students musical interests and instrumental skills
  • to encourage conscious music listeners
  • to foster students' musical abilities
  • to instill an appreciation for national and international musical culture
  • to raise an awareness of Atatürk's understanding and love for music and artistic expression.

In Design Technology courses we aim ;

  • to aspire students as individuals who are curious and inquisitive, who make observations and are able to conduct research based tasks
  • to enable students to produce creative designs by using an inventive approach
  • to utilize recycled materıals for the creation of two and three dimensional designs
  • to exhibit students' works on the Annual Design Fest Day
  • to encourage students to take part in school design competitions in Creative Drama courses we aim;
  • to create group plays on a variety of topics and themes
  • to inherit and improve upon any previous experience by incorporating the skills of improvisation and role play
  • to enable them to acquire a variety of skills such as: cooperation, communication, risk taking, and problem solving
  • to exhibit acquired dramatic skills within a group setting in order to gain an enhanced idea of self confidence

Physical Education and Sports Department involves Physical Education and Chess Courses, and also clubs like Preparation to Sports, Chess, Swimming, Football, Tennis, Gymnastics, Basketball, Volleyball, Athletics and Pool that lead the students to their own interest areas.

Our priority in the Physical Education Course starts from the principle of "A Lifelong Sports Habit" and aims to make our students realize that exercise is an unchangeable part of their lives.

We aim to enable students to:

-          maintain proper posture

-          work in harmony in a group

-          learn how to use  time efficiently

-          take responsibility

-          acquire self-confidence as well as their physical confidence.

In line with these objectives, we encourage the students who have talent and who adapt and transfer the sports discipline to a more professional manner.

We have swimming, basketball, tennis, volleyball and athletics teams' trainings in junior, stars and senior categories on weekends and also weekdays during the year.  Throughout the academic year, our teams represent our school successfully in national tournaments and competitions.

Our students learn to develop a healthy diet, the idea of FAIR PLAY, the importance of exercising on physical and spiritual development, the meaning of Olympic Symbols, the benefits of stretching, the rules of skiing and snowboarding and participating in ski camps, the history of individual sports and their rules in the context of our yearly plan, as a part of our Physical Education Course since these are the aspects and the sports culture they will come across all their lives.

Department of Social Studies Department courses are held in accordance with the Ministry of Education programs and the main principles of the national curriculum. Teachers  educate students as self-confident individuals who follow the principles of Atatürk, use the mother tongue correctly, has awareness its own history and culture , have knowledge about other cultures, respect differences , use technology efficiently , and are capable of critical and analytical thinking. 

Social Studies Department Courses

The courses offered by the department are as follows; Turkish, Social Studies, History of Revolution and Kemalism, Citizenship and Democracy, Religion and Ethics; in high school and science high school Turkish, Turkish Literature, Turkish Language, History, History of Revolution and Kemalism, Geography, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology , Logic, Religion and Ethics courses.

Our Objectives

The objectives of the Turkish course are to raise students' awareness about the richness of our mother tongue; to improve listening, speaking, reading, writing skills, and to use Turkish accurately and efficiently.

Turkish courses aim at enabling students  work on selected samples to reflect on the language; make deductions about how language works and use their ability in written and spoken production; improve their reading, comprehension, critical thinking, discussion, evaluation skills; think freely and objectively as well as having a scientific approach; use creativity; solve problems; do observations; use the library effectively ; watch plays, listen to conferences , attend panels of age appropriate level; read books extensively and intensively; develop a sense of beauty and tolerate ideas of others.

The main objective of Social Studies, Social History of Revolution and Kemalism, Citizenship and Democracy Education courses is to raise students as conscious Turkish citizens aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Social studies courses aim at informing students about our war of independence, the process of becoming a nation. Students evaluate the era by analysing the documentaries, cartoons, novels and biographies; raise their awareness about the geography of their environment, their country and the world and gain knowledge that they can use effectively.

The Religion and Ethics course aims at raising virtuous students with the consciousness of moral values as well as respecting and internalizing those values. In this course, students as individuals become aware of their freedom to believe and to live; learn religious concepts accurately; gain tolerance towards other people's beliefs and life, understand that religion is one of the elements of a culture.

 

English

The foreign language education system in our school is built upon a foundation that enables the students to express themselves accurately, fluently and comfortably in four basic areas of language; listening, reading, writing and speaking. At the end of eighth grade, we aim for our students to use the skills they learnt in class efficiently and fluently in the situations they find themselves in life.

Our aim is to help students become critical-thinkers who ask questions, analyze and interpret as well as to create original written and spoken works, all of which lead them to use English more effectively. The class materials we use in primary school triggers higher-level thinking skills and are designed based on the principles of 'lifelong learning'. Age-relevant games and activities in primary and middle school foreign language education are designed in consideration of the learning styles for every child. 

Language is not taught as a lesson but as a means of communication. Therefore, education is not confined within the walls of the classroom. Using various activities, students revise and reinforce their knowledge through the year by takin part in shows and dramas. This also includes activities in clubs and end of unit projects in class. 

All student-generated work is added into their portfolio and shared with their parents in the form of presentations. We feel this helps the students gain a certain amount of self-confidence and also helps improve their public-speaking skills. Quiz shows, organized in all levels of primary and middle school, are fun and competitive extracurricular activities which reinforce the topics students learn. Class debates on various topics are also a good opportunity to discuss and share their ideas. Field trips are another great way for students to use their foreign language skills and to enrich their general knowledge outside the classroom. 

In grade 5 all students take the international test, TOEFL Primary Step 2 at the beginning and end of the year and the fee is paid for by the foundation FMV. This test helps to measure not only the language skills but also the progress made objectively. In grade 8, students take, TOEFL Junior test and checked on their middle school exit level, which is aimed to be B1. 

Second Foreign Languages

In current times knowing one language is not enough. Therefore, our students at the start of fourth grade are given the option to choose from German, French or Spanish. It is easier for students to learn a second foreign language at this time. We aim for our graduates to use the language within the Common European Framework and will be able to express themselves efficiently. These languages are taught following English guidelines. Our students participate in the French DELF, German FIT and Spanish DELE exams.