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Welcome to Safir International School in Istanbul, Turkey! 

Safir International School has earned accreditation for five years by Cognia (AdvancED) Organization in December 2016 as an international school that offers the American program. Cognia (AdvancED)  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. Cognia (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 Common core 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 & other World Languages, Art, Music, Physical Education and Computer & IT. Our students enjoy modern facilities including science labs, Robotics lab,3D printer lab, 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&ASL coordinators. We have an extra-curricular program that is offered during the school day and afterschool; it includes Swimming, Football, Basketball, Music, Art, Drama, and some clubs such as Environmental Club, Community Service Club, Math Club, Science Club, Cooking Club, Chess Club, Debate club and others.

The school is divided into four sections:

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, Business, Psychology, 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, AP and TOFEL.

We have a college counselor who works with Grade 9-12 students to provide information about universities in Turkey and aboard. The college counselor also provides advice to our students about college admissions process and requirements such as recommendations letters, transcripts and the needed standardized exams they have to take.

We offer to our Grade 11 and 12 students Advanced Placement (AP) courses that increase their chances of being accepted in certain colleges in USA, Canada, Turkey and other countries; in addition, this allows them to earn course credits for the related subjects in certain colleges based on certain scores that they need to earn as set by these colleges.

Our teachers are the most important asset at our school, that’s why we make sure that we only hire the best and the most skilled. In addition, we provide regular training on classroom management, modern assessment methods, and the integration of technology in the classroom. We implemented this strategy to provide our teachers with the academic, social and emotional needs for our students, they are well prepared to work with the students onsite and online in the same time.

We have also implemented an advisory system, where we assign an advisor for each classroom. Their responsibility is to follow up on the academic performance of the students and work with them on activities that implement their Islamic and social values.

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.