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Mar Qardakh School

Mar Qardakh School

P.O. Box 34, Mar Qardakh Street, Ankawa, Erbil, Kurdistan, 1065, Iraq

+964 750 144 5021



Mar Qardakh School
School type Co-educational Day Preparatory & Senior
Founded 2011
Status Private
Head of School Hala Warda
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 4-16 years
Authorised IB Programmes IBMYP, IBPYP
MYP Coordinator Bianca De Leon
PYP Coordinator Tara Shaoul
Associations IB

Who We Are

Mar Qardakh International School is a private, Catholic school located in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil, Iraq, in the heart of the Middle East. It offers two IB programmes, the PYP and the MYP. Since 2011, Mar Qardakh has committed itself to passing on the intellectual tradition of the West intermingled with Eastern heritage. As a school of the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil, Mar Qardakh has a unique role in forming students to become the next spiritual and temporal leaders of Northern Iraq.

The mission of Mar Qardakh is the bedrock on which students receive this formation: Our mission is to empower students for life in the 21st century by providing them with a holistic, international education encompassing academic, social, spiritual, and personal development. Each student who enters Mar Qardakh is therefore not merely an academic interest. Rather, teachers, administration, and students alike view their education as a journey together to dispel ignorance and form persons committed to meditating on and sharing the truth.

An integral part of this holistic education is the community. We are a family of life-long learners. Parents, students, teachers and staff all form part of this family, mutually helping one another to fulfill their respective role in the school. Mar Qardakh offers students a safe and loving learning environment in which critical thinking is fostered, and students' voices and ideas are not only encouraged but heard. Mar Qardakh prepares students to become virtuous leaders of the future.

An extension of the mission and familial community at Mar Qardakh is our principles:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Ethical and Moral Values
  • Love of Learning
  • International Mindedness
  • Responsibility
  • Well-Roundedness
  • Learning Community

These principles reflect the ancient heritage we possess as Eastern Catholics and are rooted in the scholastic traditions of the West. The learning community, mission, and principles collide in the unique pedagogy of Mar Qardakh, which embraces both sides of erudite learning. From international and local teachers collaborating together to classes that emphasize the particular contributions of the East and West, Mar Qardakh is more than an international school in name. It is an international school in spirit.