If you plan to live in Turkey as a foreigner parent and try to find a school for your English-speaking children, don’t worry! Some private primary schools such as “Zafer Koleji” in Ankara or “American International Kids Academy” in Istanbul offer a “bilingual learning technique” where they teach classes in English alongside with Turkish. There are, however, some English schools in Turkey, -which means they teach classes only in English- and they are mainly some private high schools and some universities. These schools offer either complete or near complete education in English. Here is a list of the best English high schools in Turkey
Before we start, we must state that all the high schools listed here are private high schools.
Uskudar American Academy (Üsküdar Amerikan Lisesi), Istanbul
Established in 1876, Uskudar American Academy (UAA) is one of the oldest private schools in Turkey. UAA has a one-year mandatory English preparatory class and except the cultural classes taught in Turkish such as history, geography and Turkish Language and Literature, the school offers other classes completely in English. The 25% of the teachers are native English speakers and UAA expects their students to be able to speak as a native language by the time they graduate. The school also offers elective language classes such as German, Spanish and French. It has only one campus and it is in Uskudar.
The Robert College of Istanbul (İstanbul Özel Amerikan Robert Lisesi), Istanbul
Robert Collage is the oldest American educational institution that was built outside the United States of America. It was established in İstanbul in 1863. Just like Uskudar American Academy, Robert Collage also has a one-year mandatory English preparatory class and except the cultural classes taught in Turkish such as history, geography and Turkish Language and Literature, the school offers other classes completely in English. The school has a built-in dorm and is able to bed up to 90 female and 100 male students. Robert Collage has over a hundred extracurricular activities that students can attend to and offers elective language classes in French and German. The school is located in Beşiktaş.
Tarabya British Schools (Tarabya İngiliz Okulları), Istanbul
Tarabya British Schools is one of the first schools that started to offer education both in Turkish curriculum and Cambridge international examinations’ curriculum. Every class except Turkish Language and Literature is taught in English. The maximum student capacity of a single class is 15 students. Tarabya British Schools has four different campuses in Istanbul, these are located in Tarabya, Yeniköy, Çengelköy and Etiler.
International British Schools (Uluslararası İngiliz Okulları), Istanbul
International British Schools is one of the most well known and recognized international schools in Turkey. They offer a modified English curriculum and the classes are in English. They also offer classes in German, Spanish and French and have two campuses in Istanbul, these are located in Etiler and Zekeriyaköy.
Istanbul International School (İstanbul Uluslararası Okulu), Istanbul
With students over 50 nationalities and teachers over 20 nationalities, Istanbul International School is truly one of the most diverse English schools in Turkey that offers classes in English. Istanbul International School has two campuses located in Uskudar.