Schools in Istanbul

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Foreigners are allowed to enroll their children into Turkish public schools, but the standards of education vary from one another, and as the curriculum is taught in Turkish some may prefer international schools of Turkey or private schools.

In the following blog we will list out for you the major International Schools of Istanbul, and what curriculum they offer.

There are 27 international schools in Istanbul alone.

  • International Schools in Istanbul that offer the American Curriculum.

Brights International School of Istanbul

Brights International School of Istanbul is an international school situated in the area of Büyükçekmece west of Istanbul. Brights host the American Curriculum in alignment with the common core state standards. Brights offer Arabic and Turkish classes to all students. At Brights, students from all nationalities are welcome to enroll. Brights International School has classes from Kindergarten to graduation.

Telephone Number: +90 212 886 1131

Ihsan International School 

Ihsan International School, located in Esenyurt offers a well-equipped campus and a multi-cultural learning atmosphere. Digital learning is one of the school’s main advantages. Ihsan International School offers classes from Kindergarten to graduation.

Telephone: +90 (501) 006 00 00


Aljazari International Schools of Science and Technology

Aljazari International Schools, which laid the foundations of a unique educational system with original steps in the journey of science and knowledge, is a pioneer in international education. Aljazari International Schools offers students the opportunity to discover their interests and abilities with professionally designed programs developed by the schools. Aljazari International Schools of Science and Technology offer classes from Kindergarten till Graduation.

Telephone: +90 (212) 813 03 34

Elite Academy

Elite Academy located in Esenyurt, prepares their students very wee, the SAT preparation program is very strong. Elite Academy uses the E- Learning method for all students above 5th grade.

Telephone: +90 544 447 30 30


Safir International School

Besides the American curriculum, Safir International School added Turkish and the Holy Quran. They offer classes from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Telephone: +90 (544) 477 2022


Harvest International Schools

Harvest International Schools offers an American curriculum from grade one throughout grade twelve that includes English, Math, Science, Arabic (for native and non-native speakers), Islamic studies (for all Muslim Students), Computer, Art, Physical Education/Health, Drama and Social Studies. Learning at HIS is both enjoyable and rewarding.

Telephone: +90 544 900 94 22


Steps International School

Steps International School is an international school located on the Asian side of Istanbul. It adopts an international academic program from pre-school to the end of the baccalaureate, an advancED American accreditation.

Telephone: +90 55 2222 0092

Istanbul American Schools

Istanbul American Schools is an international school offering an exemplary learning environment from Early Learning to Grade 12. IAS takes its strength from the American curriculum with modifications designed to meet the needs of international students living in Istanbul, Turkey. With its highly qualified teaching staff, combined with the support of advanced information and communication technology, IAS welcomes you to a center of educational distinction.

Telephone: +90 552 122 21 12


LWIS Istanbul International School 

LWIS offers its students Individualized care, as well as many International programs and World languages with the Integration of technology + Robotics & AI (Coding)

Telephone: +90 (212) 876 55 13

  • A list of International Schools in Istanbul that offer the International Baccalaureate or the IB program.

Istanbul International Community School

Istanbul International Community School is an International Baccalaureate School in Istanbul. The school has maintained a century-long tradition of academic excellence. IICS is an independent, co-educational day school, offering a full IB program from pre-kindergarten (ages 3) to grade 12 (ages 18) for international students (holders of non-Turkish passports).

Telephone: +90 212 857 8264


ENKA Schools Istanbul

ENKA Schools is a private Pre-K through grade 12 coeducational day school located in Istanbul, Turkey. Students are primarily Turkish citizens, of whom approximately 10% hold dual citizenship.
The campus of ENKA Schools is situated in the heart of the new business center of Istanbul. It is located on the European side of Istanbul, approximately halfway down the Bosphorus, on 16 acres within the ENKA Sports Facility.

Phone: +90 (212) 705 65 00


Gökkuşağı International School

Gökkuşağı International School offers academically challenging and rewarding international programs focusing on the cultivation of individual talents and social and emotional development.

+90 212 855 89 04 07

Tas Private Elementary School

Tas Private Elementary School develops both children’s confidence and their maximum potential. Life in the school revolves around this. Both personal and interpersonal development and happiness are the key elements of TAS’ philosophy. This environment is improved the by absence of negativity, punishment, and outside the imposed discipline. TAS focuses on facilitating knowledge as well as behavior, attitudes, and skills.

Telephone: +90 (212) 543 60 00

MEF International School in Istanbul

MEF International School Istanbul offers a stimulating education program that strives to meet the individual learning needs of its students. The school provides equality in opportunities so that each child is guided to discover and develop intellectual, creative, social and physical potentials. In doing so, the school endeavors to empower its students with a life-long passion for learning. Students are encouraged to become confident, balanced, and socially responsible individuals who will contribute positively to local and global communities.

Telephone: +90 212 362 26 33 ext. 1340


AKA School

AKA School is an exceptional IB World School located in Bahçelievler, Istanbul offering exciting opportunities for academic excellence and is structured to provide a qualified education and personal development to students from ages 3 to 18.

Telephone: (0212) 557 27 72


The British International School Istanbul

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 Program. BISI is an academic school and it sends its graduates to universities throughout the world, predominantly to the UK and USA.

Telephone: (+90) 212 202 70 27

  • A list of International Schools in Istanbul that offer the British curriculum.

Tarabya British Schools

Tarabya British Schools is the pioneer in Turkey that combines the Turkish national curriculum and British national curriculum. All subjects, except for Turkish Language and Cultural lessons are taught in English. Students get an amazing opportunity to enter universities and colleges all around the world.

Telephone: (850) 460 75 75

Alfayez International School

Alfayez International School was established at the request of the Arab community in Turkey to teach their children Arabic and English. AFIS is the first Arabic International School to be officially approved by the Turkish Ministry of National Education and Cambridge International Examinations (British Curriculum).

Telephone:  0537 571 62 27


Jasmine International Schools

Jasmine International Schools is a private international school in Turkey that teaches the Arabic Palestinian curriculum and the British Edexcel curriculum.

For more info on schooling or other services feel free to give us a call or contact us through our WhatsApp number or email.

Telephone: +90 212 445 00 42


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