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International Pre-K, Elementary through High School in Istanbul

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Keystone International Schools, Istanbul - Accredited International Education:
Keystone International Schools offers dedicated Preschool / Kindergarten, Primary, Middle, and High School programs in Istanbul, and provides 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 Primary, Middle & High School. From the age of 4 years old, students also start to learn French as a second language, and continue learning French through Grade 12.

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Accredited International Education in Istanbul:

Photo of International Pre-K, Elementary through High School in IstanbulWe run our school based on the standards and requirements imposed by the regulatory bodies in Canada. KIS has earned the distinction of becoming the first and only Canadian Affiliated School in Turkey through the province of Prince Edward Island.

What does this mean for the stakeholders of KIS?
- Continued use of an internationally recognized Canadian curriculum.
- Registration of all students in Primary, Middle and High school as Canadian students.
- All teachers are certified by the PEI Board.
- KIS will be subject to onsite accreditation visits from members of the PEI School Board up to twice a year.
- All staff will continue to receive onsite and online training from Canada.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) American Accreditation:

Image of International Pre-K, Elementary through High School in Istanbul• KIS is also accredited by the (WASC) in the USA. KIS looks forward to regular assessments and guidance from WASC in order to provide the best academic experience for all KIS students.
ACS WASC Accreditation Code: 90 41640 999

• Model United Nations (MUN):  It is a student-level simulation of the United Nations. Student delegates are selected from schools and these students represent certain countries and UN institutions. The mother tongue at the conferences is English. It usually includes committees located at the United Nations. MUN Conferences are attended by high school students where they develop their academic profile through practicing their soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking, professional writing, teamwork, digital literacy, leadership, professional attitude and expanding their knowledge about the real-world issues in a political context.

Accreditation continued:

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• Round Square: 
KIS became a candidate member of the Round Square Organization in the year 2019, and we are very proud to be a Global Member of this organization. Being a part of this organization gives us different opportunities, such as teacher and student exchange programs, sharing good practices, access to the resource library, and taking an active part in the service projects.

• Junior Model United Nations (JMUN): 
JMUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real-world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. The purpose of the JMUN club is to help middle school students develop their academic profile through practicing their soft skills and expanding their knowledge about the world and how it works in a political context.

• Destination Imagination (DI) is offered to middle school students as an in-school club. The ideals of DI dovetail nicely with and act as reinforcement of our Keystone beliefs: problem-solving, team building, and respect for others and their ideas.

Global Perspective:

Picture of International Pre-K, Elementary through High School in Istanbul• At KIS, we aim to provide children with an intrinsic appreciation for life, a love of learning, and with the key skills necessary to become independent, responsible, environmentally and socially conscientious citizens of the world.

• Through KIS' academic curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and social outreach programs, we strive to provide our students with an education that will last them a lifetime.

• KIS emphasizes the importance of being an environmentally friendly, Green School, and guides our students through the process of reusing materials in the classrooms.

Our Values: 
Our values at Keystone International Schools were established to provide children with a holistic approach that incorporates the following tenets:

• Strong connections between individuals 
• Open and honest communication
• The value of all contributions, whether large or small
• The health, happiness and safety of children.

Canadian-based Education Programs:
Taught entirely in the English language and second language is French. All students from age 4 years old and up to Grade 12 learn French as a second language.

• Preschool - KG (ages 3-6)
• Primary School (Grades 1-6)
• Middle School (Grades 7-9)
• High School (Grades 10-12)

Meals and Nutrition at Keystone in Istanbul - Grow & Learn:

Images of Keystone International Schools, Istanbul - Accredited International Education• As a school, we emphasize the importance of healthy nutrition in order to influence and enhance the eating habits of our students who are at the age of growth and development.

• In our meals, we do not use ketchup, mayonnaise, packaged dressing, chicken, chicken stock, packaged meat stock, corn, frozen and canned foods. We use olive oil and butter. Since, in school, we do not use unhealthy ingredients in our meals, it makes the lives of parents who follow healthy diets at home easier. We are happy to see the change in eating habits for students who used to eat unhealthy meals at home, switching to eating healthily.

• We are serving two snacks and lunch a day for preschool. We only provide lunch for primary and middle schools. Starting in primary school, our students take the responsibility to prepare their healthy snacks at home and bring them to school. Lunch is optional in high school.

• In our school, we do not have a canteen on purpose, and we do not allow students to bring and eat packaged foods inside our school. We provide different choices for our parents as to seasonal healthy snacks that they can prepare at home.

Keystone International School, Toronto, Canada:

• Keystone International School in downtown Toronto, Ontario offers both private kindergarten (for 4-5 year olds) and coed high school programs (Grades 7-12), as well as online high school courses & homeschool program for students globally to earn their Canadian High School Diploma.

• Keystone International Secondary School is a unique and dynamic school which follows the Ontario curriculum combined with a project-based, experiential approach to learning.

• The school was established by Keystone International Schools group with the aim of providing the children of expats as well as international students seeking to study abroad in Canada with the wonderful opportunity of high school studies in Ontario, in preparation for a smooth transition into post-secondary education.

• In preparation for college & university in North America, Keystone teaches students to think about what they learn, to understand, analyze, formulate, and propose logical solutions to non-routine problems. Students are taught to be resourceful, to connect their learning to real-life issues, to organize tasks, and manage their time to meet deadlines.

• International students are placed in carefully selected homestays in Toronto with a local family, with our student coordinator maintaining daily contact with the students and weekly contact with the families. Students are immersed in the Canadian culture, customs & values; easing their adaptation period. Alternatively, a Student Residence is available in downtown Toronto.

Parent Reviews / Testimonials:

• “I was so excited to find a school as socially and environmentally conscious as Keystone. I am confident that my daughter will receive the holistic education that she would have received in the US. I feel so lucky to have found Keystone International – now I don’t feel so guilty for being away from home.”

• “Ich habe den Kindergarten und die Schule in Dragos für meine Enkelin besucht. İm Vergleich zu den bisherigen Kindergarten, die ich in der Stadt besucht habe, ist dieser in einer sehr ruhen, sehr grünem Umgebung.

Das Gebaeude ist mit der Natur vereinigt, und jeder, der sich um uns gekümmert hat, war sehr nett und kompetent. Überrascht hat mich auch, dass die Kindergartenküche nur bio Produkte verwendet, es gibt keinerlei Aromastoffe und der Ernaehrungsplan ist ausgewogen. Dieses ist für die Türkei eine Revolution.”


• “Después de una larga búsqueda, me alegré mucho cuando encontré una guardería internacional que ofrece un programa completo en español.”

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Address: Küçük Çamlıca Mahallesi, Gülhan Sk. No:1/1 PK: 34660, Kucuk Camlica, Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2023-12-14 were from:

Karachi, Pakistan; Kyrgyzstan; Mississauga, Canada; Istanbul /kartal; Istanbul asia; and more.