Overview

MEF IS delivers a challenging academic program based on Cambridge IGCSE in grades 9 and 10. Students build on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in grades 6-8 as they participate in a balanced selection of courses to prepare for the rigorous IB Diploma programme in grades 11 and 12. This allows students to take greater ownership of their learning, take intellectual risks with confidence, reflect on the process as well as the products of their learning, and adapt flexibly to new situations and new ways of thinking. Teachers strive to create authentic learning opportunities to help our students solidify their communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Ultimately students are able to succeed academically, and they are equipped to participate constructively in society and the economy – locally, nationally and globally.

Grade 9 and 10 students take the following courses:

  • English (First Language English, English Literature, or English as a Second Language)
  • Language B (French, Spanish, or English Language Support)
  • Humanities (History and Economics)
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Mathematics
  • Arts (Art and Music)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Physical Education
  • Clubs

Grade 9 and 10 English, Science, Math, and Language B courses follow the Cambridge Upper Secondary IGCSE Curriculum, which is designed to engage learners in an active and creative learning journey. At the end of grade 10, students take Cambridge IGCSE exams in these 4 subject areas. Exams include written, oral, coursework and alternative to practical assessment. IGCSE results provide eight internationally recognised grades, A* to G, which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement for each grade.

In grades 11 and 12, students continue their studies in one of two graduation tracks: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or IB Course Certificate route. Both options involve advanced two year courses and provide excellent preparation for university study. During the final high school years, students are encouraged to think more about their post-secondary educational career paths. To support this process, students receive assistance and support with career and overseas college advising.

Grade 11 and 12 students in the IB Diploma Programme or IB Certificate route take courses in each of the following groups:

  • Language A (English, Turkish, Self-Study)
  • Language B (English, French, Spanish)
  • Individuals and Societies (History, Economics, or Psychology)
  • Experimental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental System and Societies)
  • Mathematics (Mathematical Studies, Standard Level Mathematics, or Higher Level Mathematics)
  • Arts and Electives (Visual Arts, Chemistry, or ITGS)

Students are assessed both internally and externally at the end of Grade 12 through IB examinations. The internally assessed components are also externally moderated by IB.

Please click here: IB Diploma Programme to read more about this programme on International Baccalaureate Organisation’s website.