Işıkkent School was established in 1998 by Çimentaş Education and Health Foundation to donate a principled, student-oriented and model school, which incorporates both national and international values, to the Turkish Education System.

In 1996, the foundation formed an Advisory Committee consisting of 40 people from different professions to get opinion about the school’s physical facilities, educational philosophy, teaching & learning approaches as well as its administrative and teaching staff. As a result of intensive workshops given by local and foreign advisers and goal-oriented studies carried out by the foundation, “Işıkkent School” was established with a meticulous educational philosophy, educational goals and physical facilities.

From 1998 to Present

Sept. 1998

Our educational activities have begun with ELC, Grade 1 and 2 students in Primary School.


Our Primary School
produced its first


Işıkkent High School
classes began with Prep
and Grade 9 students.

Dec. 2008

Işıkkent ELC and Primary School
were accredited by the Council
of International Schools (CIS).

June 2009

Işıkkent High School produced
its first graduates.

May 2011

Işıkkent School was accredited
by the University of Cambridge to
implement Cambridge International
Examinations (CIE) programmes.

July 2011

Işıkkent High School was
accredited by the CIS.


High school dormitory was opened.

Oct. 2013

Işıkkent School was granted the 2013 International Prism Award by the International Coach Federation (ICF).


Işıkkent ELC and Primary School were authorized as the one and only IB – PYP (Primary Years Programme) School in the Aegean Region by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

May 2016

Işıkkent Middle School and High School were
accredited to implement the IB-MYP (Middle
Years Programme). After this accreditation,
Işıkkent Middle School became the one and
only MYP School in the Aegean Region, and
one of the 10 MYP Schools in Turkey.

May 2018

Işıkkent High School was accredited to
implement the IB-DP (Diploma Programme).
Işıkkent School became one of the 7 schools
in Turkey to implement all three IB programmes
from pre-school to high school.


ÇESVAK (Çimentaş Education and Health Foundation)

Çimentaş Education and Health Foundation (ÇESVAK) was established in order to improve the quality of education and healthcare in Turkey to an international standard. In 1998, the Işıkkent School was founded to become the flagship of this endeavour as a principled, non-profit and esteemed, educational institution.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors works together with the Head of School to determine the school’s philosophy, policies, strategic planning and growth objectives, and supports the school financially and morally.

Head of School’s Message

Dear Mothers and Fathers,

Education starts from the moment a person is born and continues for a lifetime through interactions with family, school, and the environment. At Isikkent, we believe that teaching and learning are not just about the curriculum and do not only occur within the school walls. In this century where access to information is rather easy, we believe that a school must design its learning environment in order to raise well-equipped individuals, not just for today but also for the future. As Isikkent teachers, we offer our students a curriculum based on international standards within an environment with very adequate physical conditions.

Our primary goal is to ensure that our students feel safe and happy at school while enjoying being a part of this quality education designed for them as we know that people who do not live a happy life can not achieve real success. At Isikkent School, we think that a good education prepares children for this rapidly-changing world and raises multilingual and global-minded individuals who understand the problems in their country and seek solutions to them.

We endeavor to raise individuals who develop holistically with a kind and honest personality as well as ethical values. We want our students to forge their own paths instead of following others. We aim to raise them as responsible, cooperative, respectful, principled, academically honest, sharing, and risk-taking individuals who enjoy arts, music, literature, and scientific work. Therefore, we strive to provide our students with the highest quality education while helping them see life from a proper and thorough perspective.

We believe that the exam success achieved by children without living their childhood, climbing a tree to pluck a fruit, having grass stains on their knees, and petting an animal blunts the meaning of life. Please rest assured that we will work towards discovering the potential of each student and offer an education that will help your child find their own purpose in life.
In the light of above-mentioned facts, as a foundation school that was elaborately designed 25 years ago by a team of 40 experts and implements all IB programs, we believe that we provide our students with the best education and we want you to know that we feel responsible for them not only during their education but also after their graduation.

We will stand by our students today, and in the future as well.
Sincerely yours,

Dr. Tufan Çapar
Head of School's