The Koç School
Tepeören Mahallesi, Eski Ankara Asfalti Caddesi No: 60, 34941 Istanbul, Turkey
+90 216 585 6200
Coeducational Day & Boarding
|Head of School||Murat Günel|
|Language of Instruction||Turkish, English|
|Co-ed Age Range||5-18|
|Number of pupils||2,197|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP|
|Diploma Coordinator||Richard Fower|
|Associations||ECIS, CIS, IB, NAIS, PTC|
Situated on a large, wooded campus in Istanbul, Turkey, the Koç School is at the forefront of K-12 education, offering both the Turkish National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to over two-thousand students, 200 of whom take advantage of the school’s exceptional boarding facilities.
The Koç School was established in 1988 by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Koç Holding, which is one of the largest and strongest business conglomerates in the world.
The school prides itself on providing a bilingual education for all of its students from Kindergarten onwards and was the first school in Turkey to establish the IB Diploma Programme in 1994. The benefits of the application of the IB Learner Profile can be seen at every level and in every subject throughout the school.
The Koç School's teaching faculty is diverse and around one-third of the staff, just over 70 in number, is from overseas, creating a truly international perspective.
Throughout the school's rigorous academic programme, students have access to a range of activities that provide them with excellent opportunities to interact with other schools. The European Youth Parliament, the International Schools Theatre Association and the MUN are but a few. In fact, the school hosts the world's only MUN Development Programme conference, attracting more than 800 students from Turkey and across the globe each year.
Locally, students are encouraged to develop high ethical standards and participate in a wide range of social responsibility projects. The CAS element of the IB core has enabled students to organise and take part in all manner of activities in Turkey and overseas, including teaching students in local schools, national and international sporting tournaments and environmental initiatives.
Financial aid and scholarships amount to around £6 million, enabling students from diverse backgrounds and from all over Turkey to benefit from the school's education.
With a strong alumni presence across the globe, Koç School graduates are placed in top ranking universities in the US, UK, Europe and Turkey and receive significant scholarships each year.
Since 2013, IB scores have broken not only school records but also gone beyond Turkish and international standards.
The Koç School aims to build on the strong academic standards it has already developed and hopes to continue to see more and more of its students heading to the world's top universities based on the quality of their academic performance.