Head of School


It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to each and every MEF International School community member as we enter into the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

At MEF International School, our policies, procedures and day to day practices reflect the mission of our school. In short, our mission is at the heart of everything we do.

MEF IS offers a stimulating education program that strives to meet the individual learning needs of its students. The school provides equality in opportunities, so that each child is guided to discover and develop intellectual, creative, social and physical potentials. In doing so, the school endeavors to empower its students with a life-long passion for learning. Students are encouraged to become confident, balanced and socially responsible individuals who will contribute positively to local and global communities.

We provide rigorous academic programs including PYP, Cambridge Checkpoint, Cambridge IGCSE and the IB Diploma Program. Each year many of our students achieve outstanding results in these external examinations. Our results are in line with or exceed world averages across all programs. Along with these academic pursuits, our school creates opportunities for students to uncover other talents and interests by taking part in learning activities that are physical, creative and social.

In a world full of change, where knowledge still equals power, but is available at a few clicks of a keyboard, schools are charged with the important job of going beyond the teaching of content in subject areas. Here at MEF IS, we endeavor to create globally minded students who are curious and inquisitive about the world around them but are critical about the information they receive. We promote intercultural understanding and celebrate the differences that exist between us, identifying them as strengths to learn from and develop ourselves. Our students are caring, open-minded and respectful.

Once again, I welcome you to the 2017 - 2018 academic year and wish you, our students and our teachers healthy, happy, successful and safe school year.

Best wishes,

Figen Sonmez
Head of School
İstanbul - İzmir