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IICS Admissions-Faq

Among the many anxieties we all face when we move to a new country is whether we’ll be able to find the right school for our children. Our children’s education is something none of us are willing to compromise in order to work overseas. We come from many different cultures with different ideas about education, so we all have unique expectations from a school.

It’s not always easy to know what criteria to use when judging a school or what questions should be asked to find out if a school fits the family’s needs. Here are some questions you can use to evaluate a school's suitability. 

 

HOW CAN YOU JUDGE HOW GOOD A SCHOOL IS?

HOW CAN YOU JUDGE HOW GOOD A SCHOOL IS?
 

  • Is the school fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate? IICS has been fully authorized for all three IB programs since 1997.
  • Is the school globally accredited by internationally recognized organizations? View IICS' international accreditations here. 
  • Does the school foster internationalism and develop a sense of global citizenry? IICS does. 
  • Are the teachers qualified, experienced and certified in the areas they teach? IICS is selective in its hiring. View details of our staff here. 
  • Are there well-stocked and equipped libraries, science labs, integrated technology, music and art rooms? Take a campus tour here. 
  • Does the school curriculum prepare students for higher education overseas? Ours does. 
  • Does the school have a track record of student acceptances into quality universities? View our graduates' university acceptances here.
  • Are class sizes small enough to allow for individual attention for a diverse range of abilities? IICS teachers excel at differentiating in the classroom. 
  • Do students have the opportunity to pursue independent learning that will equip them to become life-long learners? IICS offers and encourages independent learning from Preschool through grade 12. 
  • Does the school operate an “open-door” policy that welcomes and encourages parents to visit the campus and participate in school life? IICS does. 

 

ARE THE NEEDS OF YOUR CHILD’S AGE GROUP BEING MET?

ARE THE NEEDS OF YOUR CHILD’S AGE GROUP BEING MET?

Parents have different concerns for younger children than for older children, but children of all ages thrive when there is continuity and security in their lives. It will benefit your children to find a school for the duration of your stay that will statisfy your children’s needs at any age.
 

  • Is there personal counseling available for all ages? There is at IICS. View our Counseling and Learning Support offerings here. 
  • Does the school have a university counselor? IICS has a University and Careers Counselor, Dr. Cherie Mobasheri.
  • Does the library provide a complete range of resources from young children’s literature to research tools and materials? IICS' does. 
  • Is technology integrated in the classroom with a plan for continuing technological development? View IICS' integrated technology profile here. 
  • Is there a wide variety of sports, academic, and artistic extracurricular activities available after school? View IICS Co-Curriculars here. 
  • Does the Preschool program include specialty teachers for music, library, and physical education? IICS' does. 
  • Do students beginning with Lower Primary have the opportunity to learn a language other than English? At IICS, beginning with Prep classes, students in Primary learn French as well as Turkish Culture and Language. 
  • Are there opportunities for older children to compete internationally in sports and fine arts festivals? IICS is a member of Central & Eastern European Schools Association, allowing our teams to travel to compete with other schools throughout Europe. 
  • Do the older children have the opportunity to participate in class trips to learn about the culture of Turkey? Grades 4-12 have educational bonding trips in different locations throughout Turkey at the start of each year. 
  • Does the school provide safe and reliable transportation to pick up and drop off children? IICS has been using Mitur as a transport service since 1981. See details of our transport here. 

 

WHERE DO THE TUITION FEES GO?

WHERE DO THE TUITION FEES GO?

Quality education means good facilities, current educational resources and the best teachers. These cost money. But make sure you get what you pay for.

  • Is the school a non-profit organization with all fee payments being put back into the school? IICS is a US registered 501(c) not for profit institution. Read why
  • Is there responsible long-range planning? View the IICS Strategic Plan here. 

HOW CAN YOU BE SURE ABOUT THE CONTINUED QUALITY OF A SCHOOL?

HOW CAN YOU BE SURE ABOUT THE CONTINUED QUALITY OF A SCHOOL?
Quality is likely to be maintained, even during a change of personnel, if there is parent involvement in the decision-making processes, and if the school has policies established by the Board of Directors concerning enrolment and curriculum. Scheduled reviews of the curriculum ensure that the school stays up to date.

  • Is there a policy about class sizes to ensure they aren’t too big or too small? IICS has one. 
  • Are the teachers offered a professional development program? IICS does. 
  • Are the teachers recruited internationally to maintain excellence and diversity? IICS teachers are. 
  • Is the curriculum reviewed regularly and measured against international benchmarks? IICS' are. 
  • Does the Board of Directors represent the parent body? IICS' does. View our current board here. 
  • Does the school have a Strategic Plan? See IICS' Strategic Plan here. 
  • Has the school demonstrated stability and longevity? IICS has been in existence since 1911. View our history here. 
 

HOW INVOLVED IS THE SCHOOL IN COMMUNITY SERVICE?

HOW INVOLVED IS THE SCHOOL IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY SERVICE?
An important part of the school experience is learning to become involved in one’s community and work towards its improvement. Being part of a school that is active and well-respected in the community will enhance this experience.
IICS offers opportunities for self-discovery and community service to help students develop emotional intelligence to become responsible citizens. We strive to be Global, Generous, and Green. See how. 

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