The school is located in central Istanbul on multi-purpose facilities on a 36-acre campus shared with MEF National School. The school is nestled in the hills above Ortaköy, only minutes away from the residential neighborhoods preferred by the international community residing in Istanbul. Facilities include a 25 meter heated swimming pool, outdoor soccer pitches, indoor gymnasium, computer labs, concert auditorium, dance studio, art studios, cafeteria, library, outdoor playgrounds. Additionally, there are an on-site nurse and doctor.
MEF IS school programs share a common philosophy - a commitment to a high quality, challenging education
where students develop not only knowledge, understandings and skills but also the attitudes and values to
help them become confident, balanced and socially responsible students. MEF IS implements the IB Primary
Years Programme for students aged 3 to 11, which enables them to learn through an inquiry-based approach
by exploring six transdisciplinary themes.
The middle school follows the Cambridge Lower Secondary curriculum in the areas of English, Mathematics
and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), as well as additional subjects that have been chosen to
develop skills across different disciplines.
High school students in Grades 9 and 10 follow the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary
Education (IGCSE) curriculum taught over two years, in addition to other subjects, to prepare students for
the IB Diploma Programme. This provides a balance of practical experience and theoretical knowledge over a
wide variety of subject areas to ensure a balanced, holistic, and rigorous education.
Most high school students follow the prestigious IB Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. Courses include
English, Turkish, Self-study Language, French, Spanish, Economics, History, ITGS, Biology, Chemistry,
Physics, Mathematics and Visual Arts.
Alternatively students in grades 11 and 12 can opt to complete IB Certificates in English, Mathematics and in a
Modern Foreign Language. Additionally, students study other demanding subjects in core areas in
preparation for higher education.
Both IB Diploma Programme and IB Certificate students complete the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
requirement by participating in creative endeavors, physical activities, and service-related projects. CAS
offers students an alternative to the academic rigor of the IB Diploma Programme, promoting
internationalism and a balanced lifestyle.
Regardless of the program that is followed, the aim is for students to have the opportunity to explore the
curriculum offered in a student-centered environment which allows for inquiry, critical thinking and problem
solving skills to be developed in order to enhance communication, collaboration and creativity.