School type Coeducational Day
Head of school William Bradley
Co-ed Age Range 2Â½-18
Number of pupils 690
Curriculum UK, IBDP, SAT
Language of Instruction English The British International School Istanbul has a worldwide reputation for the education it provides. It is a leading private international School in Turkey, offering a modified English National Curriculum, IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. We are an academic school and we send our graduates to universities throughout the world, predominantly to the UK and USA. Amongst others, recent graduates have taken up places at Cambridge University, University College London, the University of London and the London School of Economics.
Our ethos is welcoming and embracing. We inspire student enthusiasm, confidence, and independence and we welcome new students throughout the year. We seek to instil in all of our students an awareness and esteem of different cultures, beliefs, skills, values and personalities. As world citizens we celebrate both our shared humanity and cultural diversity. We are a co-educational community that includes students from over 55 nationalities, between the ages of 2 1/2 to 18 years. We place a high emphasis upon the acquisition of languages and offer German, Spanish, French and Turkish. In addition to our foreign languages we also offer excellent support for English as a Second Language; students who join us with very limited English quickly reach the stage where they are fully able to access our curriculum.
In addition to our support for students who are second language English, we are also fortunate to be able to offer Special Needs Support throughout the Primary department and in the early years of the Secondary department.
We have an excellent creative arts programme and offer Music, Theatre and Visual Arts in the IB Diploma Programme. We also have a very strong PE Department boasting school teams in several sports. In addition we offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities both after school and timetabled.
BISI is a partially selective school in that we have entry requirements to join our IB Diploma Programme; for our current students this is determined by their IGCSE grades as it is for new students joining from IGCSE schools. For new students from other systems we will accept them based on entrance examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. There are no selection criteria for students joining any level of the school below the IB Diploma Programme in Year 12.
BISI has a history of gaining good and improving results in both the IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme. For the last three consecutive years our students have gained a 100% pass rate in the full IB Diploma Programme and our most recent Graduating Class scored and average of 33.4 points which is well above the world average. Our most recent cohort of IGCSE student had a fabulous 95% of all their IGCSE examinations gaining a grade between A* and C and with 50% of all grades being at A* or A.
Our PTA is an active body which plays a major role in our school. Meeting monthly with the Senior Leadership Team of the school they organise many events throughout the school year which both benefit our students and raise a considerable amount of money for charity.
BISI is a happy, caring community with parents, students, staff and leadership teams all working together to make our school great. We have a City Campus for Pre School and Primary and a purpose built campus at Zekeriyaköy for Pre School, Primary and Secondary, just four miles from the Black Sea and close to the beautiful Belgrade Forest.
The British International School Istanbul is an International Baccalaureate World School authorised to deliver the IB Full Diploma Programme. We are also an authorised centre for Cambridge International Examinations, offering the CIE International General Certificate of Secondary Education.
Additionally, BISI is fully accredited by the Council of British International Schools, the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. These august bodies have looked at every aspect of our operations in minute detail and found us to be operating at the standards required of the top international schools throughout the world. BISI is, to date, the only school in Istanbul to achieve accreditation by all three of these bodies.
Our accreditations are your guarantee of the quality of education we provide at the British International School Istanbul.
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