Atatürk High School of Science, Istanbul
Atatürk High School of Science, Istanbul (?stanbul Atatürk Fen Lisesi or ?AFL) is the second high school of science in Turkey, which was founded by a presidential directive and under the legislation of the High School of Science Project in 1982. Its campus is located in Kuyuba??, Kad?köy, Istanbul.
Since its first alumni graduated in 1985, ?AFL has been an institution that has made significant contributions in building up Turkey's future. ?AFL alumni are all over the world as well as Turkey having distinguished themselves in various fields, such as engineering, medical, basic and social sciences.
Immedietaly after its establishment, ?AFL has become one of the most reputable high schools in Turkey with its confident, socially active graduates in line with Atatürk's ideals, who possess exceptional skills and received excellent education in the fields of basic sciences and mathematics.
?AFL's main main is to educate students who will fulfill Turkey's need for scientists, engineers and medical doctors in Turkey. To achieve this goal, ?AFL successfully preserved its foundations and created a model for other Turkish high schools to follow. One measure of ?AFL's success is its students' accomplishments in national (e.g. Ulusal Bilim Olimpiyatlar?) and international competitions (e.g. International Mathematical Olympiad, International Physics Olympiad) in science, mathematics and informatics.
?AFL teachers are selected through a series of tests and are from the most successful in their respective areas of teaching in Turkey. They are not only excellent tutors for the students but also teach them how to think analytically and trained in the methods of scientific questioning. In the first two years, students go through intensive science and math courses which cover the three year national high-school curriculum. During their final year, they take advanced courses to help them pursue their knowledge on research projects that they would like to participate in and to advance their freshmen courses at university. The curriculum also enables the students to pass the nationwide University Entrance Exam supervised by YOK.
Foreign language education is taken as seriously as science courses at ?AFL. When the students enter the school, they take a test to determine their level of language in English, German and French; and each student will attend to at least one of these courses.
Each class has no more than 24 students, which enables students' active participation and discussion. The laboratories and the library resources supplement the course work providing practical knowledge in addition to students' theoretical information on the respective subject. Physics, chemistry, biology, computer and language laboratories are equipped with up-to-date material and are also available to students outside class hours as well.
Outside class hours, the smart and ambitious students take the opportunity to share their ideas, practice team work and learn about friendship. As a boarding school, IAFL provides a well established opportunity for the students make lifelong friends and learn self-discipline.
The 300 person capacity dining lounge, sports facilities, relaxation rooms and the canteen are all easily accessed with connections through buildings.
For leisure time the school supports social clubs, managed by students themselves, that arrange local or national visits to popular locations, theatrical events and concerts.
The 600 seat theatre hall gives the students the opportunity to put on amateur plays. There is a conference room facility in the main building for special occasions. During their leisure times, students benefit from the sports ground with its football, basketball, volleyball and tennis fields and a sports center.
The Music Room is available to those who wish to pursue their interest in music. Students represent IAFL at the annual interscholastic "Milliyet Muzik Yarismalari" competition in popular music.
The parents association, "Koruma Dernegi", stands by the school management to support the school and its students in all aspects.
After the three years of intensive education, every graduate of IAFL may be a member of the Atatürk High School of Science, Istanbul Alumni Association (AFL?M). The alumni society aims to bring together and continue the communication among the graduates through social events such as barbecue gatherings and new year celebration meals.
Every year, IAFL graduates 96 ambitious students who are not only successful in academics, but who have learned how to participate in all areas of life. The graduates' success in Turkey and around the world has been and will continue to be the proof of the school's high quality.