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CityIstanbul
CurriculumIB
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 305,773TL
to: 631,487TL
This school has more than one campus in Istanbul:
Marmara Campus: Ages 3 to 18

Address: Karaagac Koyu Mahallesi, Kahraman Caddesi, 27/1 Hadimkoy / Istanbul 34500, Turkey

Hisar Campus: Ages 3 to 9

Address: Rumelihisari Mah. Nafi Baba Sok. No: 6 Hisarustu / Istanbul 34470, Turkey

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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

490

Number of nationalities represented in the school

64

Most common nationality

The four largest nationality groups are US, Germany, UK and Korea.

Ratio of local students to international students

IICS only admits holders of non-Turkish passports.

Native English speaking teachers

The majority of teachers are native English speakers who are recruited from abroad. The majority of the faculty is from the US, Canada and UK.

Language support for students not fluent in English

IICS provides English support classes for children up to Grade 10 and admits students with minimal English proficiency up to Grade 7.

Additional language classes offered by the school

IICS offers French (Grades 2-6) and Turkish Culture & Language (EY5 – Grade 6) at the primary level.
In Secondary School, French and Spanish are offered as a second language.

Max. number of students per class

20

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Use of technology in the classroom

In the Early Years and in Grade 1, shared iPads are provided for student use under the guidance of teachers, building a foundation in collaboration and sharing. Students in Grade 2 to Grade 5 use shared MacBooks and iPads provided by IICS. This extends into a 1-to-1 MacBook Program in Grade 6-12, and students use these devices throughout the day to complement teacher instruction. A typical classroom consists of an interactive whiteboard, wireless projector and 3.1 stereo system.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, we do provide distance learning when Covid-19 protocols are in place.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

IICS does not provide religious classes in its IB curriculum. However, all students are allowed to practice their own beliefs and religions.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

IICS does not discriminate against any religion or person of Faith. All faiths are welcome at IICS.

IICS is an inclusive international school.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

IB Diploma World average ranges between 29-31. IICS students achieve above World averages. 202-21 IICS students averaged 34 points.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, homework varies depending on grade and time of the year.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

99 percent.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

1) IICS offers EAL classes - English as second language classes to assist with the development of the English languages.

2) Learning support staff provided one on one support for students requiring additional academic assistance.

Learning support offered

1) IICS offers EAL classes - English as second language classes to assist with the development of the English languages.

2) Learning support staff provided one on one support for students requiring additional academic assistance.

Student access to education psychologist

IICS does have a recommended group of specialists that all students can be provided access to.

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment in secondary is compulsory.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

There is no entrance exam for students with grades EY3-Grade 6. If the student is applying for grade 7 and above the student may be invited to the school for testing for English, Math, or foreign language to make sure of the right placement.

ENGLISH
We ask them to do an age-appropriate piece of academic writing. They have a choice of two titles and must write a properly structured formal essay on the topic of their choice for 60 min
If they are already identified as EAL they will also have a speaking and listening assessment with our EAL teacher.

MATHS
The students are given a maths test covering the topics that have been studied in previous years. This is to understand if there are any gaps in their content or skills that we may have to account for when assigning them a maths class.

Both tests are handwritten to give us an understanding of their thought process and their handwriting.

Waiting list

If classes are already full then all applying students will be put on a waiting list.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline, applications are taken all year round.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes.

School start time

8:30

School finish time

15:00

Supervised care before/after school

No.

School bus service available

Yes

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, Vegan and Gluten-free options are provided.

Uniform required

No uniform is required.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Athletics, basketball, cross-country, football, volleyball, badminton, arts, sketching club, secondary school production, orchestra, choir, poetry club, a ceramics studio, drama, Model United Nations, speech and debate, student newspaper, science club, virtual reality, running

Sports activities included

Physical education is provided as a part of the IB curriculum.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, CEESA competitions within Europe.

Facilities at the school

- a 335m² completely automated and newly expanded library with computer stations
- three science labs
- an 82m² design technology lab
- a 264m² theater with 320 seats
- an outside amphitheater
- an 289m² visual arts building
- two music rooms, 195m² in total
- a 85 m² cafe with 30 seats and a 100m² multipurpose room with 50 seats
- a recently renovated cafeteria with 280 seats and a panoramic view, 490m² seating area and 350m² kitchen

Sports facilities at the school

Hisar Campus:
- PE room
- a 33m² basketball court rubberized for safety
- a 180m² football pitch
- a climbing wall¨
- a lower playground of 408m² and an upper playground of 160m² outdoor spaces for children at play

Marmara Campus:
- a double gymnasium
- two multi-purpose sports salons, 1760m² in total
- outdoor basketball and tennis courts, 2730m² in total
- a 6230m² soccer pitch
- 13,000m² spacious playgrounds for primary and secondary students

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Istanbul International Community School is an International Baccalaureate School in Istanbul. Founded in 1911 to educate the children of the Robert College faculty, the school has maintained a century-long tradition of academic excellence. IICS is an independent, co-educational day school, offering a full IB program from pre-kindergarten (ages 3) to grade 12 (ages 18) for international students (holders of non-Turkish passports).

Through its challenging curriculum and strong staff-student relationships, IICS provides a caring environment that inspires each student to excel and to be inquisitive, creative, compassionate, balanced, and internationally-minded.

IICS aims to be a top international school—not just in our region, but among the best international schools worldwide. To provide the best education to meet the needs of every learner is the target that directs all our planning and action as an educational institution. Every learner should be empowered.

Teaching approach of the school

From early years to graduation IICS provides a balanced up-to-date education program to build future world citizens prepared to face any upcoming life challenge crossing their path. Ready to voice their opinions, open-mindset oriented to evaluate any given task, highly skill-equipped to maneuver through university challenges, and fully focused to find a passion-driven path towards an ultimate envisioned goal.

The three IB programs are challenging to all learners, and we believe in the importance of the IB Learner Profile (inquirers, risk-takers, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, knowledgeable, balanced, reflective).

Healthy relationships and effective communication between all members of the community, especially between students and teachers, are the key to school success.

Learning is personal, as each student is unique in his or her interests, aptitudes, and learning styles. The needs of each individual ought to be met so that each student has opportunities to excel.

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