Welcome Message from the School Principal

Welcome Message

Welcome to Safir International School in Istanbul, Turkey! 

 

Safir International School has earned accreditation for five years by AdvancED Organization in December 2016 as an international school that offers the American program.  AdvanceEd is a non-profit organization that grants accreditation to schools and school systems after conducting on-site evaluation that is based on a set of research-based standards.  AdvancED is about hundred years old as an accreditation organization that is currently serving about 34,000 schools and school systems in the United Sates and 70 other countries.  We are also licensed as an international school by the Ministry of Education in Turkey.

 

We offer an American program to our Kindergarten to Grade 12 students that is based on California State Standards.  We use inquiry-based and hands-on activities to deliver our curriculum.  Our teachers use a variety of teaching and assessment methods in order to meet the needs of our students.  In addition to using English as the main language of instruction, we teach the Arabic language which is the Holy Quran language.  We also teach the Turkish language as a third language which allows our students to mingle and enjoy the country they are living in.  In addition to teaching the core subjects, English, Math, Science and Social Studies, we teach the following subjects: the Holy Quran, Islamic Studies, Islamic History, Arabic, Turkish, Art, Music, Physical Education and Computer & IT.  Our students enjoy modern facilities including science labs, computer labs, gymnasium, swimming pool, sports facilities, library and well-equipped classrooms that include smart boards.

 

We care about the overall well-being of our students; this is why we make sure we take care of their academic, social and emotional needs.  We also work on our students’ character building by involving them in activities that allow them to acquire the Islamic values.  We offer our students the services of a specialized counselor, a school doctor and a specialized ESL coordinator.  We have an after school program that includes academic support lessons and extra-curricular activities such as Swimming, Football, Music, Art, Drama, and some clubs such as Environmental Club, Community Service and others.

 

The school is divided into four sections:

  • Kindergarten: KG1 and KG2
  • Elementary School: Grades 1-5
  • Middle School: Grades 6-8
  • High School: Grades 9-12

 

In order for our students to graduate and earn Safir American High School Diploma they need to successfully complete some courses during Grades 9-12 from the following subject areas: Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Islamic History, Physical Education, Computer & IT, Art, Music and World Languages such as Turkish, French or Spanish.

 

Our high school program is a college-preparatory program, which means we teach the students the concepts and skills that allow them to take certain entrance exams required by most colleges in USA and Canada such as SAT and TOFEL.

 

Thank you for visiting our website.  Don’t hesitate to contact us to request any information about our program or services.  We look forward to seeing you and your children at our school.

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