Işıkkent Early Learning Centre, Primary School, Middle School and High School have been accredited by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation).
IB World Schools believe that a high quality international education that encourages students to inquire and think is very important for their development. Schools which are authorised by the IBO can apply one of the academic programmes they offer: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme.
Işıkkent applies the Ministry of Education Curriculum as a framework for the outcomes and teaching approaches in addition to the IB-PYP, IB-MYP and IB-DP programmes.
In each classroom, there is one Turkish and one English teacher at the same time. These two teachers communicate with students in both languages by using a bilingual collaborative teaching approach. This approach is similar to the one used in families in which there are mothers and fathers speaking different languages. With this method, instead of learning a new foreign language as a structured lesson, students internalise the language by experiencing it. In this way, they expand their vocabulary and learn to express themselves naturally in a different language. BCT teachers use various texts in both languages to help students enrich their experiences and establish connections with the real world. The BCT approach is used throughout our ELC and Primary School.
The following criteria is considered whilst allocating classrooms:
- Having an equal number of students in each grade level.
- Having a balanced male-female student ratio in the classroom.
- Social and emotional development levels of students (in line with the guidance and counselling department reports)
- The academic readiness of students (in line with the observations of the homeroom teachers)
- Having a similar academic level between the classrooms.
- The classrooms should be academically homogeneous. It is important for students in a classroom to have similar GPAs.
- Another criterion is having a balanced male-female student ratio in the classroom.
- We also pay attention to the individual differences of students. We find the most suitable classroom for them where they can feel socially, emotionally and academically confident.
In High School, the classrooms are arranged each year according to the academic level, and behaviour and interaction patterns of the students while considering the male-female student ratio and the elective courses.
In accordance with the Ministry of Education regulations, the maximum class size in preschool cannot exceed 20 students while in primary school, middle school and high school, the class size should be limited to 24 students.
We organize various training sessions based on the needs of our parents and engage our parents in the learning process.
We hold “parent meetings” and “student-led conferences” in each semester.
We also share the teacher meeting hours with our parents at the beginning of each semester.
Furthermore, we organize “Seminars Towards Tomorrow”, a series of meetings where we welcome experts from various fields four times a year to train our parents on diverse topics. Also, we deliver a four-session “Parent Effectiveness Training” in each semester.