Admissions FAQs

What age range does MEF IS enrol?

MEF IS is a co-educational day school which enrols students from 3 to 18 years of age. The medium of instruction is English.

How many children attend MEF IS?

There are currently approximately 190 student enrolled at MEF IS Izmir campus.

How diverse is the student body?

There are over 36 different nationalities represented in our student body. We are proud to live our motto each and every day “Building bridges between Countries and Cultures”.

What is the average class size?

Maximum class size for the Reception 1: 16, Reception 2: 18, Year 1: 20, Years 2 to 6: 22 and Years 7 to 13: 24.  Average class sizes in the Primary section of the school range from 10 to 16, and in the Secondary 10 to 15. The overall teacher to student ratio is 1:6.

Is there a waiting list?

There currently is not a waiting list for entry into the school, however from time to time classes can reach their maximum limit, therefore it is advisable to apply to the school at the earliest possible point.

Do you accept children who do not speak English?

Yes, MEF IS does enrol students who do not speak English into the Primary and Middle School grade levels. We have expert English Language Support Teachers who help students to gain an intermediate level of English. Each child progresses differently, however this usually takes at least 2 years.  Students with beginner/lower intermediate level English are accepted into the High School, however they will be required to carry out an English Assessment (written and verbal) before starting in order for the Deputy Principal to able to advise on the subjects chosen in order to determine the support your child will need to give them the best chance of success.

How can we arrange to see the School

Please contact the Admissions Officer to arrange an appointment and a tour of the School.

What is the process I need to follow to enrol my child?

This will depend on your needs and where you are located when you are making your application. If you are applying from abroad you will need to be in close email communication with our admissions office. We will provide you information about our school through an introductory letter and links to our website. We will provide you with an application form and guidance as to what you will need to supply during the application process.

If you are currently in Izmir, you are welcome to make an appointment to visit the school to receive information and participate in a school tour. Following your visit your will receive information about how to enrol your child at MEF IS.

What is the paperwork that I need to provide in my application?

  • MEF IS Application Form
  • Report Cards and/or transcripts for the last 2 years of schooling
  • Immunisation Record
  • Confidential School Recommendation form needs to be completed and sent directly to the MEF IS admissions office.
  • Passport copies of family members
  • Residency/work permit information
  • 4 passport sized photos (hard copy) for the students and 2 for the parents
  • Bank statement showing payment of the application fee

How long does the enrolment process usually take?

The process is dependent on how long the paperwork that is required above takes for you to complete. The information needs to be presented in English. Once your paperwork is complete, the school needs a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 work days to evaluate documents. Once the evaluation is complete the admissions office will contact you with the outcome.

Do you accept students part way through the academic year?

Yes, MEF IS accepts enrolments of students throughout the school year. However, if your child arrives part way through a semester, they may not receive a report card or grading because there may not be enough assessment data gathered to provide an accurate picture.

Do you enrol students with learning difficulties?

MEF IS is able to enrol students with mild learning difficulties that we have means for supporting with our Learning Support Teacher.

Once accepted, how soon can my child start school?

Once your child’s enrolment is confirmed you will receive an email from the admissions office inviting you to make payment of the placement fee to secure your child’s place at the school. Once the payment has been made, we request up to 2 working days before your child can begin at school.