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For the foreigners who live in Istanbul, one of the main issues is finding a good school for their children. Since the children speak a different language and they are mostly citizens of another country, Turkish schools are not an option for them. Instead, there are international schools designed for such foreign students. These international schools adopt American or English curriculum and teaching style to prepare the students for the international education system and examinations. The international schools also help students to go to a college in a different country for further education. They also help students learn many different languages. 

In many of the international schools, the instruction language is English and they offer additional language courses. Turkish is usually taught since the students are living in Turkey. Depending on the students’ profile they provide a third language as well. For example, the schools that have Arab students as the majority offer Arabic lessons as the third language option. 

Even though there are many international schools in Istanbul, they all differ from each other in certain aspects. Depending on the kind of education you want your child to receive, your budget and where you live, you can choose the best one for you among them. We have listed some of the well-known international schools in Istanbul and provided basic information about each of them. If you would like to receive more information, please refer to the schools’ official website given in the article. 

SAFIR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Safir International School’s teaching medium is English and they have additional Arabic lessons as the majority of their students are Arabs. However, Safir International School also teaches Turkish which allows the students to improve in their personal lives they have been living in Turkey. Safir International School adopts the American teaching program for its students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The curriculum is inquiry-based and there are many hand-on activities to boost the learning process of the students. The learning support program in the school allows to meet the needs of each student and help them in their academic success. Upon graduation from Safir International School, the students receive an American High School Diploma.

What makes Safir International School different from other international schools in Istanbul s that it also teaches its students Islamic values. Along with the core subjects such as Math, Science, Social Studies and English, and additional classes such as Arabic, Turkish, Physical Education, Computer & IT, Art and Music. Safir International School also teaches Islamic subjects such as the Holy Quran, Islamic Studies and Islamic History.

The high school program in Safir International School prepares the students for exams such as SAT and TOEFL that are required by many colleges in the USA and Canada. Safir International School is working on implementing Advanced Placement courses in the future for grade 11 and 12 students in order for them to be accepted into specific colleges in the USA and Canada. 

Some of the tuition fees for 2018-2019 school year were as such: Kindergarten fee was $5500, Grades 1-2 fee was $6000, Grade 3 was $6500, Grade 4 was $7000, Grade 5 was $7200, Grade 6 was $7500, Grade 7 was $7750, Grade 8 was $8050, Grade 9 was $9000, Grade 10 was $9500, Grade 11 was $9750 and Grade 12 was $10,000. For more information about Safir International School and the current tuition fees and discounts, you can check their website safir-school.com.



BRIGHTS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ISTANBUL

Brights International School is located in the Büyükçekmece district and has the American curriculum which means that the American education system is adopted as the teaching system. Brights International School believes that the American curriculum is the best option for a multicultural school. In this school where students from all the nationalities are welcomed, Turkish and Arabic classes are being offered. Brights International School attracts attention with its affordable fees as they believe in the right of education for everyone regardless of money. What is special about Brights International School is that they adopt different teaching methods in accordance with each child’s needs and learning style. Every student will also have coaches that will help them be prepared for the future. 

Brights International School’s classrooms include the latest technological equipment to enhance the learning experience. Knowing that not only education but also games are important for the kids, Brights International School has spacious play areas for the kids to  enjoy their time. Science labs allow the students to be able to learn by experimenting which boosts their learning. The computer labs found in the school also allow the students to benefit from today’s technology. Brights International School’s library not only offers hundreds of physical books but also electronic books for students to use anytime they need it. The school’s cafeteria is also designed to serve the students with healthy meals by certified chefs.

Brights International School offers preschool and elementary level learning. As of 2019, the preschool fee is $5000 per year with uniform and books included. The elementary level’s fee is $5750 per year with uniforms and books included in the price. In order to get detailed information about Brights International School, please check their official website brightsintschool.com



BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

British International School is a world-renown international school that offers the English National Curriculum, making it the only school that offers English Curriculum in Istanbul. The school teaches children from the age of 2,5 to 18. For secondary education, British International School offers International General Certificate by Cambridge International Examinations. British International School provides its students who are finishing the Secondary school with International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme courses to choose from.

When it comes to the fees, British International School requires a one-time application fee of $1,150 and it is non-refundable. As of 2019, the registration fee for the students from first and thirteenth grade is $5,350 which is also non-refundable and must be paid in advance at the time of registration, otherwise, students will not be able to start school. School fees change depending on the level. Fees that are paid in advance are discounted fees. As of 2019, the full-day preschool fee is $13,500, the primary school fee is $29,100 and the secondary school fee is between $30,400 and $31,600 depending on the years. 

The school fee includes books, exam fees, field trips, meals, yearbook, swimming lessons, team uniforms and extracurricular activities, however, it does not include the school bus, IB exam fees, half-day preschool lunch fee, health insurance, uniforms and educational day trips. For more and detailed information about British International School, please visit their official website www.bis.k12.tr.

ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Istanbul International School has a student-centered teaching style within a secular curriculum. Istanbul International School teaches any student from the age of 3 to the age of 18. The school is located in Üsküdar on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Early years education includes the core lessons such as maths, science and language along with additional courses such as art, music, drama and books, aiming to encourage curiosity. The primary school level focuses on three main areas: environmental studies, life skill and arts. The primary grades 1-4 in Istanbul International School are equal to grades 2-5 in the Cambridge curriculum.

The middle school program in Istanbul International School is from grades 5-8 which is equal to grades 6-9 in the Cambridge curriculum. During grades 9 and 10 Istanbul International School adopts IGCSE curriculum and continues with A Level curriculum in grades 11 and 12. 

The tuition fees in Istanbul International School include lunch, assessment, books and materials as well as V.A.T.

Early year fees range from 45.000 to 50.000 TL per annum. Primary school fees are 61.500 TL per annum from grades 1-4. Middle school fees are 65.000 TL per annum. High school fees are 70.000 TL per annum. If you would like to receive more and detailed information about the curriculum or the tuition fees, please visit Istanbul International School’s official website www.istanbulint.com.

MEF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

MEF International School has aimed to teach students from preschool to grade 12. MEF International School offers a primary years program that is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The middle school program is designed to prepare the students who are in grades between 6 and 8 for the Cambridge IGCSE program in grades 9-10 which acts as another preparation for grades 11 and 12. The students who are in grades 11 and 12 take the IB Diploma Programme. 

The classrooms are provided with the latest technology from Apple TVs to smartboards as well as laptops and iPad for the teachers to offer an education system engaged with the technology and benefit from it. MEF also has special robotics labs along with computer labs for ICT lessons. MEF International School also has a library with a wide range of books for the students to enjoy their time reading. 

MEF International School has a variety of clubs. At the primary school level, clubs are one period per week, at the secondary level form grades 8 to 12, two periods per week and four periods per week for grades 6 and 7. There are also many after school activities for students to further develop themselves. 

The meals prepared at MEF International School are a mixture of Turkish and Western cuisine, prepared from fresh ingredients by experienced chefs. Since MEF International School cares for the health of the children, no additives or preservatives are added in.

ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Istanbul International Community School was founded in 1911 and it offers an IB program for all the grades from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Istanbul International Community School is the first school to offer the IB program and the oldest one in Europe. Istanbul International Community School is situated in Rumeli Hisarı which is a historic area. However, it also has another campus located in Hadımköy area in Büyükçekmece

Istanbul International Community School’s application fee is $1,160. Capital levy fee is a one-time payment of $6,000. The overall fees for grade 1-3 is $17,920, for grade 4-6 is $19,400, for grade 7-8 is $20,830, for grade 9-10 is $21,950 and for grade 11-12 is $23,170 as of 2019. If you want to learn more about the education in Istanbul International Community School and see the location first hand, you can make an appointment to visit the campuses. You can also find detailed information about their courses and activities on their official website along with the current fees: www.iics-k12.net.



KEYSTONE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

Keystone International Schools has a diverse environment with students from 35 countries that speak over 25 languages with teachers from all around the world. Thus, the students acquire a wide perspective of the world, get to know different cultures and develop a better understanding of the world. 

The education given in Keystone International Schools is student-centered and inquiry-based. The instruction language is English which allows the students to be proficient in both academic English and everyday English.

The curriculum in Keystone International Schools offers core lessons such as Science, Maths, English, Social Studies along with additional lessons such as Information Communication Technology, French, Music, Woodwork, Visual Arts and Physical Education. 

Keystone International Schools offers many extracurricular activities such as field trips, debates, competitions, fairs along with clubs in different areas such as writing, visual arts, sports, dance, music and drama.

Keystone International Schools provides International trips for its students to experience different cultures authentically. They have organized trips to Slovenia, France and Holland up until now. Every year, they also take their students to their sister school in Canada for them to join the lessons and experience the culture first hand. 

Keystone International Schools' fees as of 2019 are as follows: Primary school fee is $12,000 , middle school fee is $11,717 and high school fee is $13,217, not including lunch, uniform and school bus fees. There are many details regarding what is included and not included in each grade’s fee. Therefore, please visit the Keystone International Schools’ official website for more information keystoneschools.com.tr.