Keystone International Schools, Istanbul:
Keystone International School is located on the sea side in beautiful, green Dragos (in the Maltepe district, on the south side of Istanbul), and was established to provide children with a holistic educational environment from the age of 1 all the way up to Grade 4. We provide dedicated Pre-K, Kindergarten, Primary / Elementary School programs, as well as Mommy & Me early-learning classes. For children ages 2-5, parents have the choice of enrolling their children in a further class for English, French, or German. The Primary / Elementary school is conducted through English, and all of our experienced team of teachers are native speakers, either in English, Spanish, or German.
Holistic Educational Environment for Children of Age 1 to Grade 5
Mommy & Me Early-learning Program (Ages 1 - 2)
This class is a key stage in a child’s education. Children between the ages of 1 - 2 attend Mommy and Me classes for a few hours a week with a parent. In the Mommy and Me program, both children and parents are introduced to school life.
This program eases the transition from home to school life for parents and children. They become familiarized with the school environment, teachers and languages. It also makes adaptation into the Playgroup class easier for the child, and helps with separation anxieties for parents and children.
Playgroup Toddler Program (Ages 2 - 3)
Children aged 2-3 years attend Playgroup for 3 hours daily. In this class children begin socializing with other children under the supervision of a Playgroup teachers.
Through play, songs, art crafts and the daily routine of our school, children experience belonging to a group, develop self-confidence, learn the importance of boundaries/rules and become familiar with a foreign language.
Pre-Kindergarten Program (Ages 3 - 4)
Our full-day Pre-Kindergarten offers both free play and structured individual and group activities, giving children a well-balanced preschool education. At this age, children develop more intimate peer relationships, ask questions about the world around them, and developing self-discipline and control.
The educational program is offered through English. To enhance these skills, our program offers activities in the areas of science, math, elementary reading and writing, dramatic play, block play, and movement activities.
Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development. Different levels of ability, development and learning styles are considered when preparing appropriate activities for this class.
Kindergarten Program (Ages 4 - 5)
As in Playgroup and Pre-K, our Kindergarten classes are conducted in English. This class is a preparation class for the Elementary school, so the focus is mostly on learning to read and write in English.
For children who plan to attend a Turkish Elementary school subsequent to their graduation from Keystone Kindergarten, Turkish lessons will also be given by an expert teacher.
Further Language Class:
- German class for ages 2-5
- French class for ages 2-5
- English class for age 2-5
Primary / Elementary School Program (Grades 1 - 4)
Keystone International School understands the importance of creating a holistic environment for children to learn, explore and discover themselves and the world around them. We believe that the educational platform should be free of prejudice and restrictions, in order for each child to freely ask questions, develop and share ideas.
As educators at Keystone International School, it is our goal to create such an environment where each child’s unique character and abilities are addressed and each child is given the opportunity to develop their self-confidence, imagination and academic foundations at Elementary School level.
Primary / Elementary School subjects include:
- ELA (English Language Arts)
- Spanish and Turkish
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
Skills such as catching, hitting, throwing and kicking are fundamental gross motor skills that children require. These skills are often found to be at an inadequate level when entering primary school. Our extra-curricular programs not only develops these skills but improves hand-eye coordination, balance and spatial awareness.
Extra-curricular activities include:
- Mommy and Me Yoga
- Sports (T-ball, American football)