MEF International School – Izmir is the only accredited school in Turkey to offer all levels of the Cambridge International Programme and is thus a Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Centre. The Primary School is organised into two main sections: Lower Primary and Upper Primary. In addition, Student Support Services are available to assist student learning in a range of roles: Learning Support, English Support, and Counselling.The Primary School curriculum develops the whole child through focus on the students’ academic, social, emotional and physical well-being in an environment that celebrates internationalism.

MEFIS-Izmir is authorised to offer the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) Primary Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The Cambridge Primary Curriculum is a curriculum for children aged 5-11, and is an excellent preparation for Secondary education, in part due to its focus on English, Mathematics and Science.  Other subject areas are studied in a trans-disciplinary manner using the International Primary Curriculum, which correlates with the Cambridge curriculum. Cambridge International Primary Programme Progression Tests taken in Years 3 to 6 track a child’s ability through Primary School, and on completion of Year 6 the children sit a Primary Cambridge Checkpoint Exam and they receive a Certificate of Achievement. Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.

As well as concentrating on the core subjects, English, Mathematics and Science, the Primary School curriculum emphasizes the importance of all subjects and learning activities including: Social Studies, Performing and Visual Arts, Physical Education, Foreign Languages, ICT and Host Country Studies.  Other activities are also offered during the academic day to tap into the interests and abilities of students in a variety of areas, including sports, arts & crafts, team games, science and dance. Educational Excursions are organized to make sure learning is extended outside the classroom.

Written reports for all Primary students are sent home to parents three times a year at the end of each trimester. In addition to comments about the various subjects, the teachers indicate whether students are working towards, starting to work within, working within or confidently working within the expectations of the year group at that particular time in the year. These indications are determined through a consideration of both formal and informal assessments.

For more information regarding the Cambridge International Programmes and its transferability to other systems and its recognition, please visit the following websites/web-pages:



Please click on the links below to see sample timetables for Primary classes, or the school’s curriculum structure:

Lower Primary: Reception 1
Reception 2
Year 1
Year 2
Age 3-4
Age 4-5
Age 5-6
Age 6-7
Upper Primary: Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Age 7-8
Age 8-9
Age 9-10
Age 10-11

Structure of the Day:


8:40 – 9:00 Registration and free play
9:00 – 9:15 Morning snack
9:15 – 9:45 Outside play
9:45 – 10:30 Lesson
10:30 – 11:00 Lesson
11:00 – 11:30 Lesson
11:35 – 12:05 Lunch
12:05 – 12:45 Garden play
12:45 to 14:15 Lesson
14:15 to 14:45 Lesson
14:45 to 15:00 Afternoon snack
15:00 to 15:15 Homeroom and Dismissal


8:40-8:45 Registration
8:45 – 9:45 Lesson
9:45 – 10:00 Morning Break
10:00 – 11:00 Lesson
11:00 – 11:05 Classroom Changeover
11:05 – 12:05 Lesson
12:05 – 12:35 Lunch
12:35 – 12:55 Garden Play
12:55 – 13:55 Lesson
13:55 – 14:10 Afternoon Break
14:10 – 15:10 Lesson
15:10 – 15:15 Homeroom and Dismissal