raise students whose critical thinking abilities are advanced, who
live in compliance with Atatürks principles and revolutions, and
use information technologies within the scope of Turkish National
Education, is the goal of Private Istanbul College. Our school
focuses on skills needed for a lifetime such as finding out ways to
access the relevant information, thinking productively, researching,
and being in touch with social environment. It also provides
opportunities for students to express themselves via projects and to
use technological means. We apply active learning method which
states that students can learn any topic if the proper method and
approach is used for every student. Therefore, they can fully
utilize their own capacity.
In English courses which are 16 hours per week as blocks of two 40-minute
periods, students learn via experience and entertainment under the
supervision of a foreign teacher. Chess, music, installation,
painting, dance, swimming, and PE courses make it possible for
children to discover and develop their skills. Individual
differences are prioritized within the context of multiple
Teachers, who are specialists, teach 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in
order to satisfy the educational objectives of Private Istanbul
College. At the end of every educational year, these teachers hand
over the students to the next grade teacher with a detailed
progress report. Teachers, who are experts of their age group,
follow the new educational trends and attend seminars to improve
themselves in their fields. Chess and dance lessons are in weekly
course schedule for 1st grades.
Social studies lesson is student-centered in 2nd and 3rd grades.
Participation skills develop while the topics are taught with themes.
As these skills develop, attributions such as, self-respect, self-confidence,
love, respect, and honesty are also integrated. Researches and
projects force the students to use information technologies, take
responsibilities, and cooperate. Turkish lessons are held with
stories and drama in order for it to be more attractive. In
Mathematics lessons, thanks to active learning, students have more
self-respect, they are ready to learn and their advanced thinking
abilities are developed. Question-answer, discussion, brainstorming,
problem solving, and project-based learning methods are used as
educational tools. Homework is a means to have them practice what
they learn that day and to take on a responsibility. It is suggested
that students do their homework by themselves without any help from
family members, and for the questions they can answer, they should
ask for help from their teachers.
Turkish, Social Studies, Science and Technology, and Mathematics
lessons are held by in-field teachers in 4th and 5th grades. This is
very important to create a background for OKS (Secondary Education
It is aimed that English is learnt within a casual environment where
English is prioritized with foreign teachers starting from 1st grade.
Therefore, English courses in 1st grade are only held by foreign
teachers, and in upper grades, foreign and Turkish teachers
cooperatively carry out the studies. Books of English courses, which
are suitable for every age group, implement multiple intelligences
theory and hence, the objective is to make every student fully
utilize his/her own capacity. Following the 5th grade, students are
expected to be able to express his/her feelings and thoughts in a
foreign language fluently.
Language education, which is standardized by The Common European
Language Framework (CEF), will ease their whole life in the future.