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MEF International School

MEF International School

Ulus Mah. Öztopuz Cad., Leylak Sok. 34340, Ulus/Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey

+90 (212) 287 6900 ext 1340



MEF International School
School type Co-educational Day
Founded 1998
Status Private
Head of School Figen Sonmez
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3-18
Number of pupils 400
Day fees per annum US$11,460 - US$30,392
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Alina Zamfirescu
PYP Coordinator Evelyn Galan
Associations CIS, NEASC, IB, CIE, ECIS

Our Motto

"Building Bridges between Countries and Cultures"

Our School

MEF IS was founded in 1998 to serve the expatriate community in Istanbul. MEF IS has been an authorized provider of the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) since 1998 and the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) since 2005. In addition, MEF IS is a Cambridge International Examinations Centre (CIE), offering Checkpoint and IGCSE examinations. The school's mission is to offer a stimulating education that engages the strengths, learning styles and needs of its students. Each child is guided to discover and develop intellectual, creative, social and physical potentials, cultivating a passion for learning. The school empowers students to become confident, balanced and socially responsible individuals who contribute positively to local and global communities.

Instruction is in English. Students also study French, Spanish and the host country and its language. The Learning Support Team provides individual and small-group support through English Language Learning (ELL), Learning Support, Enrichment/Extension, Guidance Counseling and College Counseling.

Our Students

Students come from 52 different countries.

Model European Parliament and Model United Nations

Students participate in Model European Parliament and Model United Nations. This year students will attend conferences in Helsinki, Athens, Arnhem (The Netherlands), Tallinn (Estonia) and Istanbul.

Academic Success

Middle school students scored well above average on Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations in June 2017. At IGCSE, 90% of students scored A*-C in June 2017. Students in the IBDP scored above world average in the May 2017 examination session, as they averaged 33 points. Graduates attend prestigious universities around the world.

Our Faculty

Seventy-two full-time staff members represent 14 nationalities. All teachers hold university degrees and teaching certificates having an average of 13 years experience in education. Fifty percent of teachers also hold advanced degrees. The student to teacher ratio is 7:1.

Our Facilities

The campus is in the heart of Istanbul on over nine acres in a residential neighborhood above Ortaköy near the Bosphorus Strait. Facilities include over 30 classrooms, specialist and learning support rooms, four science and one IT lab, a technology and innovation lab, a library, two playgrounds, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, three sport centres, a dance studio, two outdoor football fields, a tennis court, an auditorium, and an outdoor amphitheatre.