Organisation & Addresses

Schulprofil (englisch)

İstanbul Lisesi
School Profile

Türk Ocağı Caddesi No.04
TR-34120 Cağaloğlu-ISTANBUL
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Director: Dr. Sakin Öner                                            Phone: 0090-212-514 1570
German Principal: Dr. Volker Schult                       Phone: 0090-212-514 0168


Istanbul Lisesi
Istanbul Lisesi was established in 1884 and is one of the oldest and most traditional schools in Turkey. As a state school, Istanbul Lisesi admits students through the central state school examination. Admission to Istanbul Lisesi is very competitive with only one hundred and eighty students admitted from a pool of about three hundred thousand applicants. With a strong boarding population, Istanbul Lisesi draws students from all over Turkey. Without exaggeration you may say that Istanbul Lisesi belongs to the elite among public Turkish high schools. As a rule, students from Istanbul Lisesi pass the Turkish university entrance examination (LGS/LYS) also with very good results so that they will be admitted to high-ranking Turkish universities.
Istanbul Lisesi continues to get support of the German government and has the active support of alumni and parents, many of whom are prominent members of the community. Since Istanbul Lisesi offers a free education, it addresses as well those students who cannot afford private education.
Istanbul Lisesi is the only member school abroad of the German network mint-ec (Verein mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlicher Excellence-Center an Schulen e.V.), which links up schools excelling in maths and the sciences. A limited number of our students have the opportunity to take part in camps, which are thematically centred around topical scientific issues.
Sport teachers organize intramural basketball and soccer tournaments between classes during spring semester. The school has an active jazz band and dance team, choir and orchestra, basketball, volleyball, soccer, handball, table tennis, track and field, and chess teams. All these groups take very successful results in city- and nation-wide tournaments and contests.

The German department
During World War I the first German teachers started teaching at Istanbul Lisesi. Since 1958 a German Department with an increasing number of German teachers has been established again. In 2010 the German Department consists of 34 German teachers. In Istanbul Lisesi classes are taught in both German and Turkish. Today, mathematics, geometry, chemistry, physics, biology and German are instructed in German by German teachers while history, geography, citizenship, military sciences, religion, philosophy, literature, physical education, art and music are taught in Turkish. English is also taught by German teachers while the language of instruction is English.
In the last three school years ( the so-called "Lise"-years) the curricula of the subjects taught by German teachers, meet the demands of German high schools, so that in those subjects students get to a level that corresponds to the one of German high schools.
Consequently, the students attain the ability to study successfully at international universities. That is also the reason why the German "Reifeprüfung" Exam ("Abitur") was introduced at Istanbul Lisesi in 1999. The German Reifeprüfung Exam is a final examination at German high schools, which permits successful students to study at any German university.
Since 2002 students have successfully passed the yearly Reifeprüfung examinations (2002: 74 students, 2010: 115 students).
The textbooks, curricula and standards, used at Istanbul Lisesi, are under permanent supervision of the German government and are equivalent to German demands.

Students' curricula
Since 1999 Istanbul Lisesi has been a five-year school. All students are required to spend the preparatory class ("Hazirlik") to master the German language, taking twenty hours of instruction in the first year and ten hours in the second year. Science and mathematics courses start in the preparatory class. Biology, physics and chemistry follow from grade nine. English is a compulsory class from prep-class on. The next three years are followed by a senior high school program "Lise" which is equivalent to tenth, eleventh and twelve grades.
After five years, by successfully passing the German Reifeprüfung Exam, students show that they can deal with challenging texts in the languages and have reached a level in the sciences which enables them to successfully continue their studies at the best Turkish and German universities. In addition, our students prepare for the Turkish university entrance exam (LGS/LYS), in which they are required to solve a large number of intricate multiple choice problems in a very short time. Thus it tests candidates' ability to concentrate under pressure, to memorize, to make quick and accurate decisions, to apply their minds flexibly and effectively, and - as the Maths and the Sciences parts are cornerstones of the exam - to conduct difficult calculations in a minimum of time. The Turkish university entrance exam must be regarded as a highly sophisticated test of students' intelligence and resilience.
All of the students from Istanbul Lisesi plan to pursue their studies at a four-year university. The percentages of our students enrolling at Turkish universities are about 95%, which is far above average. In the year 2010, our school was extremely successful, and five students scored in the top ten. It is to be noted that one and a half million students take this university entrance exam every year.
Each year, approximately 10 to 15 students enrol at German and Austrian universities and about 3 to 5 at US universities.
One of the aspects that make ours school unique, not only in Turkey, but also in Europe, is our consecutive success at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists. Our students won the 5th prize in 2009, and the 1st prize in 2010.

Demands and evaluation of grades
It should be pointed out that academic standards are very demanding and the grading system strict. Rank is determined on a semester basis beginning with Lise 1. The grade equivalents for this scale are as follows:

0                     0-25               F

1                    25-44              E

2                    45-54              D

3                    55-69              C

4                    70-84              B

5                    85-100            A

In the German department student grades are evaluated on a 15 scale due to the German education system. The grade equivalents for this scale in percent are as follows:



































Both the Turkish and the German system do not know weighted grades as the US system does. In the German and the Turkish system the weight of the grade for a certain subject depends on the hours per week this subject is taught.

Dr. Sakin Öner                                                                                      Dr. Volker Schult

DIRECTOR                                                                                           GERMAN PRINCIPAL