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Here is a guide to some of the best international private high schools in Istanbul:-

The British International School Istanbul
Location: City Campus, Dilhayat Sok, No: 18, Etiler 34337, Istanbul
Fees: Years 1 – 6 (€23,260), Years 7 – 10 (€23,990), Years 11 – 13 (€24,890)
Ages: 2 - 18

The British International School Istanbul has an inclusive admissions policy meaning students won’t need to pass an entrance test or examination. They will however have to sit a Cognitive Aptitude Test that will be used to establish a baseline for their school targets.

The British International School welcomes students of all nationalities and students who have English as their second language. The school also accepts students no matter what their intended length of stay is.

Students are placed in classes according to their age and students will study a wide array of subjects. The school also runs an assortment of extracurricular activities and clubs for students to enjoy including: cycling, swimming, football, art activities, a chess club and many more.

In accordance with Turkish Ministry of Education regulations Turkish students are not admitted to attend the school. However students of all faiths, backgrounds and ethnicities are welcome and all students will be treated equally. Students with a disability or special educational need are also welcome, although parents should inform the school of these prior to admission.

MEF International School
Location: Ulus Mah, Oztopuz Cad, Leylak Sok. 34340, Ortakoy, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey
Fees: Grades 1 – 5 ($26,300), Grades 6 & 7 ($27,200), Grades 8 ($27,350), Grades 9 – 12 ($28,550)
Ages: 2 – 18

Successful admission into the MEF International School depends on your child’s past performance at school. Your child will need a satisfactory grade level in order to avoid an interview or admission tests, if they don’t then they may have to attend an interview with a teacher or take subject placement tests.

If your child is joining between grades 6 – 12 then they will need to have a GPA (Grade Point Average) minimum equivalent of 60% from their previous school. If your child has special educational requirements then the school should be informed prior to admission and these students will be handled on a case by case basis.

The MEF International School follows the Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum meaning students in grades 6 - 12 will study English, Mathematics and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) along with other additional subjects which the school has chosen to develop skills across different disciplines.

Students will also have the opportunity to enjoy many extracurricular activities and clubs. They can choose from over 20 different clubs and activities including sports like: volleyball, basketball and football. There’s also clubs dedicated to photography, politics and the student newspaper.

Istanbul International Community School
Location: Buyukcekmece Karaağaç, Mah 51, Sok Büyükçekmece, Istanbul, Turkey
Fees: Grades 1 – 3 ($17,300), Grades 4 – 6 ($18,730), Grades 7 & 8 ($20,120), Grades 9 & 10 ($21,195), Grades 11 & 12 ($22,380)
Ages: 3 – 18

Founded in 1911 the Istanbul International Community School is one of the oldest international schools in the world. Applications for a place at the school can be made through an application form or be completed online, students will need to have their past school records looked at and non-native speakers of English will need to be tested on their proficiency.

Istanbul International Community School only offers limited services for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. The school should be made aware of any learning difficulties and disabilities during the application process. Students in their middle school grades (Ages 11 – 16) will study eight different subjects including: English, a secondary Language, Humanities, Technology, Mathematics, Arts, Science, and Physical Education.

In grades 11 and 12 students undertake courses based upon the full International Baccalaureate Diploma program. The diploma comes in six different variants each focusing of different subjects and it’s a common university entry credential for students who move around from country to country.

There’s a great variety of extracurricular activities and clubs at the Istanbul International Community School including: various sports clubs, music and drama clubs, science and robotics clubs and even a model UN for students.



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