MEF International School
Ulus Mahallisi Dereboyu Cad, Ortaköy, Istanbul, 34340, Turkey
Tel: (+90) 212 287 6900 #340 Fax: (+90) 212 287 3870
National, IB, curricula.
170 students, 3-18 yrs.
MEF International School is a full Pre-school to IB school (ages 3-18).
It is situated in central Istanbul, in an area of the city favoured
by expatriates and near to the Bosphorus Sea. MEFIS is housed in its
own modern building on a purpose-built 40-acre campus shared with
MEF Schools' National division. Classes are small (range 10-20 students)
with a personalized, 'whole child' approach to learning within an
international context. The motto of the school is 'Building Bridges
Between Countries and Cultures', and the appreciation of other cultures,
peoples and language is evident within the more than 30 nationalities
represented in the student population. MEF International School has
a fully authorized IBD programme, and is currently a candidate status
school for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years
Programme (MYP). The PYP authorization visit is scheduled for April
2004; the MYP visit will be in June 2005. The language of instruction
is English. Foreign language offerings include French, Spanish and
German, as well as Host Country Studies (Turkish). There is a full
academic schedule in core subjects, complemented by a range of specialist
offerings (musical arts, dramatic arts, information technology, PE,
visual arts, and library/research). The Learning Support Team consists
of six educators: learning programmes teachers, remediation and enrichment,
ESL Teachers, and Guidance Counsellors, offering assistance in their
The faculty members at MEF International School are certified,
highly qualified (40% have higher degrees), and trained in the programmes
offered. The faculty members come from 16 countries including Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, France, the USA, Britain, Morocco and Turkey.
The Academic Affairs Committee and the Advisory Committee coordinate
polices and procedures at the school. The administrative office
staff comprises the Director, the Upper School Principal, the Lower
School Principal, the Admissions Officer, the College Counsellor/Dean
of Students and school executive assistants/secretaries.
MEF International School makes good use of the MEF Schools' facilities,
including an indoor swimming pool, a number of gyms, basketball
and tennis courts, music rooms, and art studios. There is a range
of popular co-curricular activities offered at the school. The school
calendar includes two semester breaks for one week in each of the
terms (fall and spring), as well as a two-week break in December.
The MEF International School school year begins in early September
and ends in late June. During the school year a number of field
trips are organized, both inside and outside Turkey.