FAQs

What are the school hours?

School hours for the students are from 8:40 – 15:15. We recommend that students arrive at 8:30 in order to have time to organise themselves for the day ahead. The day is broken up into five 60 minute lessons for Secondary and 30 minute lessons for Primary . There are two recess breaks in the day and  one lunch break. Students use the playground areas at the break times. During wet weather breaks are given indoors.

What accreditations does the school have?

The school is fully accredited by the Turkish Ministry of Education to offer educational programmes as an international school in Turkey. In addition, the school is currently in the process of being accredited by CIS (Council of International Schools) and NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). We are a member of ECIS (The Educational Collaborative for International Schools) and we are the only accredited school in Turkey to offer all levels of the Cambridge Assessment International Programme and is thus a Cambridge International Examinations (CAIE) Centre.

Which languages are taught?

The medium of instruction of the school is English. Therefore, all lessons are taught in English. For Modern Languages students choose between Turkish, Spanish and French. Students start taking Modern Languages in Year 2.

Do you have a preschool?

Yes, we have an Early Years section which caters for students aged 3 and 4. The levels are for Reception 1 (3 year olds) and Reception 2 (4 year olds). Primary starts with Year 1 (5 year olds).

What extracurricular activities do you offer?

Activities are offered at MEF IS across all grade levels. These activities enable students to explore and develop their interests, socialize with peers, pursue athletic potential or acquire new skills.  Students in Primary and Secondary have one activity period each week. After school clubs, open to all year groups, are also offered after school hours.

Is there a doctor on campus?

We do not have  a doctor on campus but we do have a full-time nurse on campus during school hours. Students may visit the infirmary if they are not feeling well to receive treatment.

Where is the school located?

MEF IS is located near Izmir airport in Gaziemir, Izmir.

Is there transportation to and from school?

Transportation is provided through a contracted service bus company, Gursel. Students may opt to travel to and from school on the service bus.

What kind of curriculum is provided?

MEF International School is is licensed by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) to offer the Checkpoint, IGCSE, AS and A Level curriculum and examinations in the Primary, Middle and High schools, respectively.

What are the qualifications and nationalities of your teachers?

Teachers working at MEF IS are fully qualified teachers who have earned their undergraduate degree in the area of specialisation in which they teach. In addition teachers have valid teaching certification from their country of origin. Up to 45% of our teachers hold a Master’s degree in Education. Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds which is in line with developing our ethos of internationalism and global mindedness. Some of the backgrounds include: US, UK, Australia, Canada, Spain, Pakistan , New Zealand, Turkey, Singapore, and Kenya.

What food service is offered for students?

Students are served a hot lunch each day. Each day there will be soup, a main dish, a side dish, and a choice of salads. Students enjoy a variety of cuisine including Turkish and international dishes. Students are also provided with a morning and afternoon snack. All food is freshly prepared on site, by Bilintur Catering, under the supervision of our Head Chef and Food Engineer.

What is the dress code for students? Are students issued uniforms?

MEF IS does not have a school uniform for everyday wear. There is a uniform issued for PE and Sporting events. All students are expected to come in clothing that is appropriate for the season. Proper footwear should also be worn at all times. We have a simple dress code that is shared in the Parent Handbook.

What is the difference between a club and an after school activity?

Activities happen during the course of the school day and are compulsory for all students. After School Clubs are optional and are provided after school hours.

How will I be informed about happenings at the school?

The most commonly used method of communication at the school is e-mail. We communicate events, information and reminders through email communications to parents on a regular basis. In addition, we send a Weekly Newsletter to give you information about things that are happening in and around the school. Your child’s teacher will also make regular contact to provide you information about their learning,  particularly in the Primary School. In the Secondary School you can request your child’s homeroom teacher to add you as part of Google Classroom so that you can get regular updates about what your child is doing in class. Parents also have access to Renweb, our student information system, where they see the grades students have obtained. We have Parent Teacher Conferences and Student Led Conferences in the Primary – which you will receive information about your child’s progress. You are also welcome to make an appointment with your child’s teachers and/or leadership team at any time to come in for a chat. We welcome parent involvement and your feedback.

Do the students receive homework?

Yes, our students do receive homework. The purpose of the homework is to reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired in school and to promote the development of good independent  study habits and effective time management. You can find out more about homework in our Parent Handbook.

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