Admissions Policy Statement



STATEMENT OF AIM


The Primary & Secondary Schools of MEF International School admits foreign (non-Turkish*) students whose families seek to have their children educated in a learning environment that offers international academic opportunities, social skills development and emotional support in the context of respect, safety and responsibility. *TURKISH CITIZENSHIP LAW # 403 and # a2675
A maximum of 4 Turkish students will be admitted into each ECC class (Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten) if enrollment spaces are available.
Note – Turkish students are those students with only a Turkish passport.

RATIONALE

1. Families will seek enrollment for their children if they support the development of the school through their adherence to its mission, vision and goals.
2. The school aims to provide students with academic learning opportunities, appropriate social skills and emotional health.
3. The school will require official records of attainment and other relevant documents such as academic transcripts, confidential reports, and health records from previous schools and doctors.
4. Admissions decisions are considered in the light of: the best interest of the applicant, the best interests of the student body as a whole, Ministry regulations and MEF IS’ admission procedures. Final decisions are ratified by the school Principal after consultation with the Head of School in non-standard cases.

GUIDELINES

1. Families contact the Admissions Officer to verify eligibility, visit the school’s facilities with the PR Coordinator, and examine and discuss the mission, vision and goals of the school.

2. At application for enrollment (and prior to the student beginning in school) the school requires official academic records, confidential school recommendation and other relevant school documents from previous schools.


MEF IS GRADE LEVELS UK EQUIVALENT YEAR SYSTEM *OFFICIAL ACADEMIC REPORTS (TRANSCRIPTS)
Preschool - EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRE Preschool if available
Pre-kindergarten Reception if available
Kindergarten Year 1 - PRIMARY SCHOOL if available
Grade 1 - PRIMARY SCHOOL Year 2 Kindergarten / Year 1
Grade 2 Year 3 Grade 1 / Year 1&2
Grade 3 Year 4 Grades 1 & 2 / Year 2&3
Grade 4 Year 5 Grades 2 & 3 / Year 3&4
Grade 5 Year 6 Grades 3 & 4 / Year 4&5
Grade 6 - SECONDARY SCHOOL Year 7 - SECONDARY SCHOOL Grades 4 & 5 / Year 5&6
Grade 7 Year 8 Grades 5 & 6 / Year 6&7
Grade 8 Year 9 Grades 6 & 7 / Year 7&8
Grade 9 Year 10 Grades 7 & 8 / Year 8&9
Grade 10 Year 11 ENTRY INTO GRADES 10- 11- 12
WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A
CASE BY CASE BASIS
Grade 11 Year 12
Grade 12 Year 13

THE CONFIDENTIAL SCHOOL RECOMMENDATION FORM (ADMISSIONS Forms / Page 12) must be completed / signed  by the previous school Principal.


*** For student entering Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten Page 13 must be completed instead of Page 12.


3. Students’ special learning requirements must be declared at registration by the parents, including English language proficiency of the student/s whose first language is not English.


4.4. Any health and/or learning disabilities must be declared at registration by the parents, e.g.; hearing or vision issues, or any other medical developmental or psychological conditions. All records from previous schools/ psychologists/ doctors must be submitted where a health / learning disability issue exists. All reports are required in English. Official translation is the responsibility of the parent. The school reserves the right to forfeit enrollment of any student where a full disclosure of information was not provided at registration (in alignment with number 3, and 4 in this section).


5. Students will be expected to have achieved a satisfactory grade level standard at their previous school. Students may be asked to sit for an interview with a teacher and / or take subject placement tests. For admission into Secondary School (Grades 6-12) students will be expected to have a GPA of a minimum equivalent of 60% in previous school.


6. The families will be appraised of the school’s policies by the Principals, particularly those related to student behaviour, reporting ill-health and consequent absence from school, the personal appearance/dress codes for students, homework and professional protocols (home-school communications).


7. Each new student application is subject to a non-refundable application fee. However, the placement fee or tuition payment should not be made until after admission is granted/confirmed. If payment was made prior to confirmation of admission but the student’s admission is not approved by the school principal, it will be returned fully minus bank service charges.


8. Enrolled students and their parents understand and accept all policies enforced by MEF IS.


9. No single enrollment should be at the detriment of other students.


 STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL LEARNING NEEDS

MEF IS will only admit a student, for whom it has the resources, expertise and facilities to provide an education which conforms to acceptable practice resulting in meaningful and appropriate progress in cognitive, physical, social and emotional needs. No single enrolment should be at the detriment to the whole class.

MEF IS seeks to accommodate a variety of abilities and needs; however, the school does not automatically provide registration for students with identified learning disabilities where specialist staffing or support is required. Students with mild learning difficulties can be catered for in a standard classroom with the assistance of the Student Support Team (SST).

The programmes cater to student needs through English Language Learners Programme (ELL), Learning Support, and Counseling.

NOTE - Identified Learning Disability – a student who has been professionally assessed and diagnosed with a disability (social, emotional, academic) requiring specific treatment and schooling.

NOTE - Learning Difficulty – a student who is finding learning difficult, requiring a wider range of methodologies to obtain success. When a student with a learning disability is applying for admission, it is essential that the parents provide all medical, psychological, and/or educational reports and the Individual Education Plan in English.

 STUDENTS WITH HEALTH NEEDS

MEF IS will only admit a student for whom it has the medical resources, expertise, facilities and ability to provide a safe environment. All admissions involving a student with health needs, will be on a case by case basis, requiring additional documentation and pre-consultations with the MEF IS medical unit. All admitted students with health needs will have their situation monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.

 ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER (ELL) INTEGRATION

Students for whom English is not the primary language need to be provided with the necessary support to develop and function successfully in the English Language in both the social and academic domains. Entering students will be assessed prior to placement into the ELL programme and will be provided with English language support at their language level (Category System) and for a period of time deemed necessary by the school.

ELL students placed into:

Category One - the highest level of support provides additional ELL classes in the place of a Modern Foreign Language.

Category Two - mid-level support provides ELL support within classes (inclusion) along with small group support (withdrawal) while participating in a Modern Foreign Language.

Category Three - minimal level of support is provided in class by teachers with support from the Student Support Team.

 CLASS SIZES


A maximum of 16 / 18 / 18 students into the ECC (Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten / Kindergarten classes respectively).
A maximum of 22 students into Grades 1-5 classes.
A maximum of 24 students into Grades 6-12 classes.

Teacher Assistants will be provided in the following classes where twelve or more students are registered; In the Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten on a full time basis.
In Grade 1 and 2 on a part-time basis.

 PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENTS

Students may enter Preschool or Pre-Kindergarten on a half or full day basis. Half day students go home at 13:00 daily. Tuition fees are aligned for both half and full day attendance. This status can be changed by speaking with the Admissions Officer on approval from the Principal. (Please refer to the Tuition Fee Policy for payments details).

3 YEAR OLD GROUP ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
Week One All students will attend until 1.00 pm only.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6 students admitted 3 more students admitted Total 9 3 more students admitted Total 12 2 more students admitted Total 14 2 more students admitted Total 16
Week Two All students will attend until 1.00 pm only.
Week Three Full day program all students enrolled into this programme and who meet the criteria below
Week Four Full day program all students enrolled into this programme and who meet the criteria below
Week Five Full day program all students enrolled into this programme

 The above conditions apply if there are more than 6 students enrolled at the beginning of the year
 Students will have different start dates in the first week of school, starting days will be determined by age with the older students starting first, through to the younger students. Parents will be informed of the starting date for school 1 week before school starts.
 Parents or care-takers are expected to bring and pick-up their children for the first two weeks of school
 Children need to be toilet trained i.e able to identify when they need to go to the toilet and be able to request this.
 Criteria for admission to a full time place:
   - Child settles after a short period of time, even if initially upset.
   - Child is willing to be part of a group and share attention of adults
   - Child is willing to be with different members of teaching and support staff
   - Child attempts to be independent in dressing and toileting.

We have a "drop and go" procedure for care-givers and parents dropping children to school. This means that students must be brought to school and left in the care of the teacher and/or teaching assistant in the minimal time possible. We are seeking to avoid lengthy goodbyes so that students can settle into the classroom environment as soon as possible. The beginning of the school day is very important when settling children. It is therefore essential that children arrive on time so that they can develop class routines as quickly as possible - this will give them a sense of security and normalcy.

Parents will be informed of these arrangements during the admissions process- admission will be conditional on them accepting these arrangements.

 STUDENT PLACEMENT - ACADEMIC YEAR 2017 / 2018

Children entering the EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten) and GRADE 1 in PRIMARY SCHOOL will be placed according to their year of birth:

Preschool - (Children born in year 2014) 3 years old by 31 December 2017
Pre-Kindergarten - (Children born in year 2013) 4 years old by 31 December 2017
Kindergarten - (Children born in year 2012) 5 years old by 31 December 2017
Grade 1 - (Children born in year 2011) 6 years old by 31 December 2017

New student placements for Grade 2 through Grade 9 will be made on the basis of the child's previous educational records and the assessment of the School.

Entry into Grades 10-11-12 will be considered on a case by case basis.

The initial placement is tentative and the school may reassess placement after the child's abilities have been thoroughly observed in class or through additional testing.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

 MEF IS Academic Year runs from September to June with one school year completed in 10 months.
  Students entering MEF IS after the school year starts must submit their current grade progress reports/ transcripts for placement in the same grade level of their previous school.
  Students that apply for admission in the second half of the school year (January-June) and come from schools that follow the Southern Hemisphere school year calendar (such as Korea, Japan, Australia, etc.) are placed in the same grade level that they have recently completed (as of end December/January/February). They will start the next grade level in September, at the beginning of the next academic year.
  Students that apply to High School (9-12) without a proficient level of English will not be enrolled.