Darüşşafaka Schools, Turkey’s first schools to have been established by a non-governmental organization, have been providing since 1873 full-scholarship, boarding and high quality education. Darüşşafaka had originally been admitting only those children with deceased fathers until an amendment to its charter on April 14, 2012 extended the same opportunity also to children with deceased mothers. Today, at Darüşşafaka, almost 1.000 children from all over the country receive boarding education in English with a full scholarship from the 5th grade until high school graduation.
Equal Opportunity in the Admission Exam
Aiming to bring up children as lifelong learning, researching, questioning, modern, self - confident and accountable leaders by providing them “equal opportunity in education”, Darüşşafaka holds an Admission Exam every year in either May or June across Turkey. Darüşşafaka Schools have been striving to reach all students meeting their criteria in light of its principle of “equal opportunity in education.” Since 2008-2009 academic year Darüşşafaka switched from a knowledge-based to an aptitude test, attesting to the fact that not all students in Turkey have access to the same level of education.
High Quality Education
In its modern campus in Maslak, Darüşşafaka offers students a high quality education in international standards. Classes consist of maximum 24 students. At Darüşşafaka, the language of instruction is Turkish and English. Offering education in English since 1955, it offers German and French as additional foreign languages from the sixth year onwards. The education system is experiential, and students learn subjects such as science, physics, chemistry and IT in dedicated labs.
On the academic front, Darüşşafaka Schools apply the curriculum devised by the Turkish Ministry of National Education, but with the help of the most advanced teaching methodologies, instruments and international programmes, Darüşşafaka enables the students to experiment on what they learn in the classroom. In March 2013, Darüşşafaka was authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Programme and became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. In the 5th and 6th grades, students participate in the international “Children as Researchers Program” to improve their research skills.