International Preschool to High School in Istanbul

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Keystone International Schools, Istanbul:
With campuses on the east side of Istanbul, Keystone International Schools provide the children of expat families (from the preschool age of 3 up to High School Grade 12) with a warm, English-speaking, holistic educational environment. English is the language of instruction in our Elementary, Middle & High School. From the age of 4, students also start to learn French as a second language, and continue learning French throughout High School.

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International School Programs / English Language Education:
All students up to Grade 11 learn French as a second language.

Preschool / Kindergarten locations on the East side of Istanbul
Photo of International Preschool to High School in Istanbul• Kucuk Camlica neighborhood in the Uskudar district 
• Çiftehavuzlar, Fenerbahce neighborhood in the Kadikoy district
• Dragos neighborhood in the Kartal district of the city
• Acarkent neighborhood in the Beykoz district
• Sabancı neighborhood in the Tuzla district

Elementary Schools (Grades 1-4) locations
• Kucuk Camlica in the Uskudar district
• Dragos in the Kartal district of the city

Middle & High Schools (Grades 5-12) location

• Kucuk Camlica in the Uskudar district


• Preschool / Pre-K Program (for ages 3-4) 
KIS Preschool was created in order to expose children to different languages from a young age. Children are surrounded by the language during playtime, lunchtime as well as class time.

Our full-day English preschool program offers both structured individual and group activities and free play, giving children a well-balanced preschool education.

KIS preschoolers can also participate in a French immersion program taught by native French speaking teachers. Children learn French through songs, activities and play. KIS students not only learn the language but take part in French celebrations and public holidays with group projects and presentations.

At Keystone International School, our goal is to provide preschoolers with a well-balanced program with the holistic approach that will begin to lay the building blocks for a lifetime of learning and interest in languages.


• Kindergarten Program
For children who are 5 and will be turning 6 within the calendar year.

Image of International Preschool to High School in IstanbulThis is a preparatory class for KIS Primary School, and the focus in kindergarten is primarily on learning to read and write in English.

Kindergarten students learn through play, purposeful work, puppet shows, storytelling, and other artistic activities. The rewards of this play-based approach to school entry become visible when children enter first grade, and start their academic journey up through the grades.

KIS students now have the ability to explore the worlds of numbers, letters, writing, reading, and arithmetic. Students develop lifelong capacities for creative thinking, self-confidence and awareness of others, and readiness and enthusiasm for academic learning.


• Elementary / Primary School (Grades 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Taught entirely through English

Keystone International Schools understand the importance of creating a holistic environment for children to learn, explore and discover in the world around them. The goals of elementary education is to encourage and support students to

Photos of Keystone International Schools, Istanbul- express themselves through the arts
- use the listening, viewing, speaking, reading, and writing modes of language, as well as scientific and mathematical concepts and symbols to think, learn, and communicate effectively
- use the strategies and thinking processes needed to solve a wide variety of problems, including those requiring language, mathematics and science
- use a variety of technologies, demonstrate an understanding of tech applications, and apply technology for problem solving
- access social, cultural, economic, and environmental interdependence in a local & global context 
- continue to learn and to pursue an active, healthy lifestyle

In the primary grades, the teachers brings lessons alive through absorbing activities and vivid characterizations that heighten the child's interest and curiosity, and engage the child intellectually and emotionally.

Elementary students engage in group discussion and reading as well as learn about the world around them in Social Studies and Science. They enhance their listening and speaking skills through working on group projects. Math skills are engaged and challenged with word problems, and they come to understand that Mathematics really is part of their everyday lives.

Throughout elementary school, KIS students develop a love for knowledge and learning, and gain confidence to face the new challenges awaiting them in Middle School years.

KIS primary school students also have the attractive opportunity to learn French or German as an elective foreign language. 


• Middle School / Intermediate School (Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8)
Taught entirely through English

Picture of International Preschool to High School in IstanbulBridging the gap between primary school years and high school, Keystone International Schools intermediate classes are small in size, and therefore students receive a greater amount of one-on-one attention. The intermediate school concept involves a group of teachers from different disciplines working as a team with the same group of the same grade level.

The middle school curriculum is designed specifically to meet the unique emotional and social needs of young teens / adolescents; encouraging them to broaden their interests. A middle school child's promising emotional life thrives through positive kinds of expression, including the study and writing of poetry, literature and biographies.

Students are encouraged and challenged to inquire, hypothesize and experiment through hands-on science experiments as well as philosophize on the world and life around them. An exciting variety of activity lessons such as drama, music, art and gym help students to experience a dynamic interplay of knowledge of self and the world they engage in.

Opportunities for responsibility and group leadership are encouraged. Discussions on the responsibilities and the discipline needed for independence, success and effective leadership take place throughout the intermediate school years. Keystone students importantly gain a sense of heightened intellect and emotional stability before moving up into high school.

Middle school students have the opportunity to learn French or German as an elective foreign language.


• International High School (Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12)
Taught entirely through English

Images of Keystone International Schools, IstanbulKeystone International High School students follow a Canadian curriculum and graduate with an international high school diploma recognised by the Turkish Ministry of Education.

As of the academic year 2019-2020, our Keystone schools in Istanbul and Toronto will collaborate to offer our high school students the option of also obtaining a Canadian online high school diploma.

By 9th grade, our high school students have the opportunity to register for online courses at our Keystone Toronto school. They may complete the assignments and take the exams for these courses in Istanbul.

If the courses are completed successfully and other necessary requirements for graduation are met, students obtain a Canadian high school diploma.

This will allow our students to apply to Canadian Universities in the same way a Canadian student does, allowing them easier access to the world's third most successful educational system.

Keystone International Schools' small class sizes and close-knit community ensure that each secondary school student is seen, valued and challenged, resulting in a unique education, crafted towards the specific needs and personality of each student.

College advisors and guidance counselors, along with family and faculty, provide resources and a supportive environment, which encourages each student to make the best possible choice for his/her life after graduation. The college counselor provides support for students and parents through the college search process with a goal of assisting each student to find a best match university, college or technical school.

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Address: Mahallesi Gülhan Sk. No:1/1 PK: 34660, Kucuk Camlica, Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
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