International Programs & Accreditation
FMV Işık Schools started implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) in September 2018 as candidate schools. All the kindergartens and primary schools of Nişantaşı, Ayazağa, Erenköy and Ispartakule campuses successfully completed the IB PYP verification visits in November 2020 and they all have been authorized as IB PYP World Schools. IB World Schools s hare a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 – 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.
Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.
The PYP is a transformative experience for students, teachers and whole school communities. PYP students learn how to take control of their learning, teachers collaborate to deepen student- learning and increase their confidence and self-motivation. The whole school community, including parents, are viewed as partners in learning, and actively contribute to a holistic educational experience.
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. We aim our students to have the IB Learner Profile attributes, which are being inquirers, knowledgeable, communicators, principled, openminded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
FMV Erenkoy Işık High School & FMV Ayazağa Işık High School offer their students the opportunity to experience a truly international education: The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). FMV Işık High School and FMV Ispartakule Işık High School are currently candidate schools to be authorized as IB World Schools offering the IB Diploma Programme.The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is for students aged 16-19 and open to students from Grade 11 forming a challenging but balanced two year programme of study in a range of subjects. The design of the course, assessments and final examinations prepare students for success at university and in their future beyond education. The programme is highly respected by the world’s leading universities and is currently on offer in more than 3585 schools in 157 different countries around the world. (lastly updated in September 2020 by IB)
The IB Diploma Programme at FMV aims to provide an education which balances subject breadth and depth, as well as encouraging broader disciplines through its core components: the unique Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). The course aims to promote international-mindedness, including the study of mother tongue language and culture, within the goal of preparing IB students for university education and beyond.
Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.
Throughout these courses students will gain a deep understanding of the IB Learner Profile. The ten aspirational qualities of great learners are listed as inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective. These are the qualities that FMV Işık IB students improve in themselves throughout those two years of IB.
In addition to the classroom study, students widen their education with a core element which challenges their understanding, knowledge and experience. The core consists of:
By studying in the IBDP, students develop core skills for success at university. Through DP at FMV, students develop:
The whole person is developed through rigorous external and internal assessments, as well as the physical, intellectual, emotional and ethical aspects of the programme.
For detailed information please visit - ibo.org
Starting from the 2019-2020 Academic Year, AP is offered as an enrichment program at Işık High Schools on all our four campuses. Advanced Placement is an internationally recognized program offering 38 university-level courses to high school students wishing to take advanced courses and exams while still in secondary school. Universities abroad accept AP in admissions and some grant credits.
Through AP courses, students enhance critical thinking skills, gain added perspectives in dealing with issues, and acquire skills which prepare them for college. AP exams follow an international exam calendar and are administered over two weeks in May. Işık Schools are authorized AP exam centers by the College Board. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5. Most colleges and universities in the USA and Canada grant credits or placement for scores of 3, 4, and 5 and thus allow students to skip introductory courses pertinent to the AP courses they took in high school.
AP courses are offered across seven disciplines; Arts, History &Social Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, English, Interdisciplinary Sciences and World Languages. All courses and exams are designed by secondary teachers and university professors to match the rigor of university courses and exams. Students who take AP courses and succeed in AP exams create a positive impression in university admissions as AP participation shows they are unafraid to challenge themselves with rigorous work.
For more information please visit: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/
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CIS - Council of International Schools
FMV Işık Schools are a member of CIS – Council of International Schools. The Ayazağa Campus has been a member of CIS since its accreditation in 2009, the Erenköy Campus since 2012 and the Nişantaşı Campus since 2018.
CIS - Council of International Schools, which was founded in 1965, is a membership community committed to high quality international education.
What is “Accreditation”?
Accreditation means official approval in order to maintain satisfactory standards. CIS accreditation means that our schools have achieved high standards of professional performance in international education and have a commitment to continuous improvement. The quality and rigor of CIS International Accreditation is recognized by ministries, departments of education, and universities around the world as demonstration of a school’s commitment to high quality international education and as a mark of quality assurance.
What is the purpose of the Accreditation?
Our goal is to provide our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their lives as global citizens and achieve high-quality international education standards. As CIS accredited schools, we follow the CIS code of ethics by:
What are the Benefits of Accreditation for the Institution and its Students?
• Accreditation of a school gives an extremely positive message about the school to people, educational institutions and universities in the country and abroad;
• All aspects of the school are adapted to high standards;
• The accreditation process strengthens cohesion and communication between the various departments of the school;
• This objective evaluation done by an institution outside the school generates many useful and constructive suggestions;
• The accreditation process provides the school with the opportunity to communicate with other schools around the world;
• The school can prepare future plans as a result of the reports submitted by CIS to the school after the self-evaluation process and CIS verification visits, which are part of the accreditation process;
• The self-evaluation report, which is meticulously prepared in accordance with the accreditation process, makes a very important contribution to the development of the school;
• Information on all aspects of the school is digitally recorded;
• Members of the school community become aware of their shortcomings and weaknesses and make a constant effort to correct them;
• Everyone in the institution questions and evaluates themselves and the institution.
For more information visit: https://www.cois.org/about-cis