The middle school years which last from the age of 11 to 14 is the period when a student changes and develops rapidly almost in all aspects.
All programmes are structured around a student- centered approach that takes student needs into consideration and sees students as individuals in order to support their development and maximize their potentials. The curricula are enriched with the help of modern developments. It is essential that the classes are not based on rote learning or abstract concepts but are connected to daily life and based on experience that could be assessed.
Auditory and visual tools are so important in terms of ensuring that learning is permanent. Thus, education technologies are used as classes are being taught.
Students’ social, cultural, and psychological developments are important as well as their academic progress. Therefore, student learning and students’ psychological development are monitored continuously. Actions are taken and parent cooperation is sought so that they could do better. In our practices it is essential to build connections among and assess the developments in each area. Thus, students learn how to learn as they acquire knowledge that would be so necessary for them in high school and college years.
Teaching and learning should be structured very well so that “curious individuals who can learn, use what they learn, and have advanced problem- solving skills” can be raised.
With this end in mind, “Education through Research” is given priority in our education programmes that teaches learning and problem- solving. Projects are very important for the learning process. The objective in doing those projects is to help students in all grade-levels acquire research, reporting, presentation, analytical thinking, and teamwork skills.
Within the framework of the approach “learning through producing” it is very important to work on and share knowledge and other products not just projects.
The “active learning” approach aims to help students take an active role in the learning process because we know that the more the students ask questions, discuss, do experiments, observe, and take part in group work, the more learning opportunities that are permanent and accurate they will have.
The aim of our education programme 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.
Our students work to acquire the following attributes that help them;
- Tap on their natural curiosity acquire inquiry and research skills become independent learners enjoy being active while learning and continue to have this curiosity in the rest of their lives
- Research concepts, ideas, and issues with local and global importance thus, have an in-depth knowledge background and understanding about comprehensive and balanced disciplines
- Take initiatives in using critical and creative thinking skills to recognize complicated issues and to solve problems take decisions that are rational and moral
- Perceive and express information and thoughts in more than one languages in a creative and self-confident way and through various ways of communication work with others efficiently and eagerly
- Act with integrity, honesty, justice, and fairness respect the honor of individuals, communities, and societies take responsibility for their own behavior and the consequences
- Know and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories be open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities be used to seeing and evaluating different perspectives and develop their experience in this regard
- Be sensitive and respectful in terms of other people’s needs and feelings empathize with others have personal commitment to community service try to have an influence on other people’s lives and the environment
- Approach unexpected situations and uncertainties with courage and thought have the independent soul necessary to explore new tasks, ideas, and strategies be courageous and clear while defending their beliefs
- Understand the importance of mental, physical, and emotional balance in terms of their own and other people’s health and
- Take into consideration their own learning processes and experience evaluate their strengths and weaknesses in order to support personal development.