ENKA began the lengthy process of earning the IB endorsement in 2003, becoming one of the first schools in Turkey to strive to blend the highly respected International Baccalaureate curricula with that of the national Turkish criteria. Now, nearly 15 years later, we proudly embrace the title of an IB World School, with fully authorized programs in the primary (PYP) and diploma (DP) levels and candidacy phase for the middle school (MYP). Each program is overseen by the school administration, as well as program-by-program academic coordination by experts who have years of experience teaching the IB model. ENKA teaching staff, too, are certified in their respected fields and receive ongoing IB training through several different opportunities offered each year, both in and outside of Turkey.
The guiding statements from which ENKA is founded align well with the IB philosophy, providing strong support to student-centered teaching and engaging learning environments.
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The IB is a fully integrated curricula, connecting ENKA learning from many disciplines while also promoting, developing and applying characteristics held within the Learning Profile.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives-intellectual, physical, and emotional-to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.