Principal's Welcome


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is my honor as the Secondary Principal to welcome you to MEF International School (MEF IS). As a new member of the community myself, I am very eager to meet our new and returning families. MEF IS is proud of its International population with over 50 nationalities represented in our school community. While a school has many elements, the relationships among staff, students, parents, and members of the broader community substantially define the school’s ethos, its expectations, and its initiatives. At MEF IS, our motto is “Building bridges between countries and cultures” and this statement provides us with a clear, relationally-driven purpose: to seek commonalities and appreciate differences.

The relationships of students and teachers form the heart of our efforts at MEF IS. Through expert and engaging instruction, we seek to challenge and support our students as they grow intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Our curriculum and program offerings, shaped by our guiding statements and our identity as an International Baccalaureate (IB) school with a highly diverse population, provide students and teachers with a framework for rigorous inquiry, exploration, and the joyous pursuit of knowledge. As students progress through the Secondary School, they not only acquire key academic fluencies but develop the self-awareness, autonomy, resilience, and capacity necessary for further study and further development in tertiary education and beyond.

As an administration, the Secondary School team partners with you and our staff to facilitate the dynamic growth and preparation of our students. We value all of our students and strive to provide each of them an international, holistic, and individually stimulating program of studies. To this end, we encourage you to collaborate with us toward the school and your family’s shared vision of educational and personal success for your child.

The discussion of student progress is essential to our collaboration and we invite you to dialogue with us throughout the year. We will offer formal feedback (parent teacher conferences, report cards) but we also will provide opportunities to meet or discuss your student’s progress outside of the regularly scheduled progress reporting periods. If you wish to speak with a member of our administration or staff, then please initiate contact via e-mail to arrange an appointment. Our goal is to answer e-mail correspondence received during the business week within 24 hours. Please understand it might take us a little longer to respond to messages sent over the weekend or over a holiday.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) also wishes to welcome you to MEF International School of Istanbul. The PTA provides the school community with support during the school year and coordinates many school events, fundraising, programs and activities. The main aim of the PTA is to promote co-operation between parents and staff to provide an opportunity to discuss all matters relating to the welfare of children and to support and enrich our children's learning experiences. If you wish find out more about the PTA, their activities, and information about joining, please contact the PTA at for further details.

I look forward to meeting each of you and discussing how I can support your child’s personal and academic flourishing at MEF IS. Should you have any questions, please contact me at


Mr. Jeffrey D. Woolley
Secondary School Principal