MEF International School, Istanbul is located in Ortaköy-Istanbul, close to the center of the European side. It is built on 9 acres of land, sharing its campus and facilities with MEF National School.
While the campus is large, there is a strong, inclusive community atmosphere upon entering the front doors of the school. The primary school, grades 1-5, is situated on the first three floors of the building and grades 6-12 are on the upper two floors. The primary school includes a primary assembly area where monthly assemblies are held and a reading library, which houses a rich collection of books and electronic resources for students and families. The secondary school also has a fully networked computer lab, fully equipped chemistry, biology and physics laboratories, and canteen for purchasing small snack foods. There is also a Whole School library used for research and reading purposes by our Primary and Secondary school students.
The Early Childhood Center (ECC), which includes our Preschool (3 year old), Pre-Kindergarten (4 year old) and Kindergarten (5 year old) classrooms, is set apart from the main building, providing a smaller community on campus for the beginning years. The ECC has been completely refurbished with new interior, furnishings, a natural wooden play structure, soft playtop playground area and small outdoor soccer pitch in the back.
In regards to the technological infrastructure, there is wireless internet access throughout the school and classrooms come equipped with a smartboard, as well as some Apple TV’s and LCD projectors. Teachers and students also have access to a range of microsoft, google and apple applications and programs for interactive learning opportunities. We have an additional shared space called MEF Tech made up of a makerspace, iMac Lab, PC Lab, Lego Robotics Station, Greenbox Studio, Library and Robotics station.
The concert auditorium has a seating capacity of 588, including a balcony and hosts our school music productions as well as special community events such as the Parade of Nations, Primary School and Secondary School Music Concerts, Theatrical performances, and Children’s Day Celebrations amongst many others. There are also two smaller conferences used for meetings, presentations and workshops.
In order to support our athletic and dance programming, the school has two outdoor soccer pitches, a tennis court, a dance studio, an indoor gymnasium and a fully heated 25m. swimming pool with stadium seating. Additionally, there are playgrounds for outdoor recreational space.
Student well being is taken care of through our full time doctor and nurse at our onsite infirmary and our guidance counsellors.
The grounds of the school are protected and patrolled by full-time security personnel, and the perimeter is fenced and video-monitored.
In support of arts programming, there are 3 different studios for primary and secondary students as well as studios to support our art club programming. There are also two music studios, one for the Primary and one for the Secondary.