Overview of Programs


At MEF IS we aim to provide students in the Middle School with a rigorous, balanced academic program which becomes increasingly demanding to prepare for the challenges that lay ahead in high school. Attention is paid to the individual learning styles of our students and lessons are prepared in a variety of modalities while focusing on authentic learning opportunities and a focus on enjoyment and fun while learning. Our students develop their communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking skills to aid in academic achievement and overall well-being.

These skills are of particular importance to students in middle school as they go through a period of rapid and pervasive development. Skill fluency in each subject area and content mastery remain important during this period of time. The program for all Middle School students includes the study of English, Mathematics, Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Physics (the three sciences are integrated into a single Science class for 6th grade students) and a Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish) or ELL class if they are English language learners. To enrich and provide a balanced program, students also take a variety of dynamic courses such as Host Country Studies, Information Technology, Music, Physical Education, and Visual Arts. Students are offered a variety of clubs, as well.

[Link: Clubs]

MEF IS Istanbul follows the Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint curriculum in Science, English, and Mathematics. Please click here: Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint to read more about this curriculum.


Students entering into High School pursue a rigorous, well-balanced course of study with the additional purpose of preparing tertiary education. The curricula offered in the high school include those from the University of Cambridge and the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). The course selection allows students to develop a broad academic base to pursue professional paths to take in the future. Students experience field trips locally and abroad to provide practical and authentic experiences to further develop their understanding of the curriculum. Students are offered a variety of clubs, as well. [Link: Clubs and After School Activities]

MEF IS students follow the University of Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curricular framework during grades 9 and 10 consisting of two year courses that culminate in external IGCSE examinations. This rigorous programme prepares students in grades 11 and 12 to continue their studies in one of two graduation tracks: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or IB Certificate route (which includes IB coursework alongside IGCSE-based curricula). Both options involve advanced two year courses and provide excellent preparation for university study. For more information on the High School curriculum, please click here: IGCSE, IB Diploma and IB Certificate Programmes

During the final high school years, students are encouraged to think more about their post-secondary educational career paths. To support this process, students receive assistance and support with career and overseas college advising. For more information on counselling services,
*please click here: Counselling & Learning Services: Guidance and Counselling & University