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Istanbul International Community School

Karaagac Koyu, Hadimkoy, Istanbul, 34866, Turkey

Tel: (+90) 212 857 8264

Fax: (+90) 212 857 8270


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Headmaster- Peter Welch

Secondary Principal- Chris Andre

Primary Principal- Sean Murphy

Director of Student Learning- John D'Arcy

Secondary Vice Principal- Joe Lumsden

Primary Vice Principal- Judith Kingsbury


Full time:   26 men, 38 women

Part time:   0 men, 2 women

Nationalities:  12   CURRICULUM AND EXAMS:

Curriculum:   US, International, MYP, PYP, IB


Age Range: 3-18

Total Enrolment: 568

Nationalities: 48

304 boys, 264 girls

Pre-K: 50

K: 43

Gr 1-5: 197

Gr 6-8: 120

Gr 9-12: 158


Day only: US$ 13450-US$ 26850

Other Fees: Capital levy US$2,500 (once); Application Fee US$ 500

Learning Support Programme

Originally founded in 1911, IICS is one of Europe’s premier independent international schools providing a tradition of academic excellence for over 95 years.

A non-profit PK-12 international school currently serving more than 520 foreign students from nearly 50 countries, IICS is the only international school in Istanbul fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) for all of its programs (Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program). It is currently the only international school in Istanbul globally accredited by both CIS and NEASC.

With nearly a century of academic excellence, through its challenging curriculum and strong staff-student relationships, IICS provides a caring environment that inspires each student to excel and to be inquisitive, creative, compassionate, balanced and internationally-minded. The school has two divisions: Primary School (PK-6th grade) and Secondary School (7th-12th grade). Class sizes typically range from 16-20 students. French is a required language from 1st through 6th grade. In the Secondary School French, German are offered as well as Spanish for beginners in Grades 11 and 12. The school offers Turkish Language and Culture in both Primary and Secondary.

The staff is composed of carefully selected, highly qualified and experienced educators from 14 nations with the majority from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France and Turkey.

The main facility is a purpose-built campus situated on 13.3 hectares (33.5 acres) of land 45 kilometers west of the city center. It features large classrooms, a well supplied and automated library with ten research computers, three science labs, three computer labs, a design technology lab, an indoor theatre and outdoor amphitheatre, two art studios, two music studios and practice rooms, a double gymnasium, a football/softball field, a running track, basketball and tennis courts, and a full service restaurant.

Hisar, the historic campus for grades PK-3 overlooks the Rumeli Hisar Castle ramparts in the downtown Bosphorus-front neighborhood of Bebek. Nestled in a mature garden, it features a traditional villa surrounded by newly constructed classroom buildings. Hisar facilities include a sports/music multi-purpose room, library, computer lab, a rubberized basketball court and an ample playground.