MEF International School Istanbul Hot

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MEF International School (MEFIS) is a private international school located in the Ortaköy [1] district of Istanbul, Turkey. It was established in 1998 by Dr. Ibrahim Arikan. MEF International School, provides a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) & IB Diploma Program (IBDP) in the secondary school, is structured to provide quality education to students from ages 3 to 18.

MEF IS is a fully authorized Cambridge International Center (CIE/ CIC) offering Checkpoint, IGCSE and AS/A levels in the Secondary School. The focus is on students constructing meaning, becoming inquirers and being enthusiastic about discovering knowledge on their own.

The school provides a first class English-medium international education, complemented by French, Spanish and Turkish Host Country Studies. The Learning Support Team provides support to students who have minor special learning needs. The programme supports student through ESL, Literacy, Learning Remediation, Enrichment/Extension and Guidance Counsellin
Country
Street Address
Ulus Mahallesi, Beşiktaş
Postal Code
34340
Number of Students
0-200
Style of Education
Swap Start/End

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2.8
Overall Quality of Teaching 
 
3.3  (2)
Quality of School Leadership 
 
3.0  (2)
School Facilities 
 
2.5  (2)
Computer and ICT Provision 
 
2.5  (2)
General Happiness of Students 
 
3.5  (2)
Sense of Community Within School 
 
3.5  (2)
Quality of Canteen Food 
 
2.5  (2)
Extra Curricular Opportunities 
 
2.8  (2)
Student Behaviour 
 
2.8  (2)
Involvement in Wider Community 
 
2.0  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
2.3
Overall Quality of Teaching 
 
3.0
Quality of School Leadership 
 
2.5
School Facilities 
 
2.0
Computer and ICT Provision 
 
2.0
General Happiness of Students 
 
2.5
Sense of Community Within School 
 
2.5
Quality of Canteen Food 
 
1.5
Extra Curricular Opportunities 
 
2.0
Student Behaviour 
 
2.5
Involvement in Wider Community 
 
2.0
Reviewed by Guest September 08, 2013

Fine if you don't want to work that hard.

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
Date joined
September 01, 2004
How many years have you worked at this school?
1
Approximate monthly salary
$2000
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
Classroom teacher
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Education for your children
  • Flights to home base
  • Medical insurance
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Medium
Are you paid on time?
Always
Payscale transparency
Satisfactory
Competency of management
Satisfactory
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Poor
Workload
Low
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Medium
Professional development opportunities
Poor
Career progression opportunities
Poor
Parental Support
Satisfactory
Special needs support
Satisfactory
EFL support
Good
Overall job satisfaction
It’s nothing special
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
Istanbul is an awesome city to live in. The staff were a great bunch. If you are looking for somewhere easy, and low pressure you would be fine here.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
The management didn't seem to have any real control over decisions made and the staff were not supported in providing discipline. This was a long time ago and things may have changed by now. MEF would often take on students that couldn't get into other schools in the area. Not necessarily a bad thing, although as it is a fee paying school as they say "money talks". Bullying was an issue.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
Great for a year or so, enjoy life outside of school, don't expect to save any money, and you can get away without working too hard if that is your thing.
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Overall rating 
 
3.4
Overall Quality of Teaching 
 
3.5
Quality of School Leadership 
 
3.5
School Facilities 
 
3.0
Computer and ICT Provision 
 
3.0
General Happiness of Students 
 
4.5
Sense of Community Within School 
 
4.5
Quality of Canteen Food 
 
3.5
Extra Curricular Opportunities 
 
3.5
Student Behaviour 
 
3.0
Involvement in Wider Community 
 
2.0
Reviewed by vinnystocker November 19, 2016

MEF

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
How many years have you worked at this school?
1
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
Istanbul is a really interesting place to live, and when I was at the school, there was a real drive for improvement.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
It's a small school, and a great place to spend a few years.
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