A very warm welcome to this introduction to the American Collegiate Institute in Izmir, Turkey. We are part of the Health and Education family of schools (SEV), Istanbul and Tarsus being the locations of the other campuses.
ACI is a very special educational institution that has built its well-deserved national and international reputation for high academic success and a deep-seated values system over many decades. The huge interest in the school from all over Turkey during the enrolment process, as well as the quality and potential of students who enter the Preparatory Year, is a further testimony to the esteem in which the school is held. Success breeds success, and further serves to raise the achievement levels and aspirations of all those connected with ACI. The affection for the school held by the community can be illustrated by both the number of students who return as staff and the multi-generational family involvement. The alumni speak with a sense of tremendous gratitude towards ACI, underlining how it helped to shape them both academically and, very importantly, as people holding a strongly-felt belief system.
ACI’s well-established Mission, Vision and goals give the guidance regarding the high-level principles and direction. They are fundamental to our success and are a powerful part of the ACI experience for students, staff and families. The direction and tone are further well encapsulated in its motto of ‘Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve’. All students who enter ACI set off on that pathway of learning experiences that will make the motto part of their outlook on life. We have a tremendously talented and experienced staff in all academic departments. The staff are there to help and guide the students through the learning process that will result in them being confident, well-rounded and academically successful young people who really feel that they are citizens of the world. In addition to this academic pathway, there are a myriad of student-led clubs and social activities for the students to engage deeply into the service aspect of the ACI experience.
ACI has an educational programme that vies with the finest in the world of international, bilingual education. The high level of success that the students attain in either the IB Diploma programme or Turkish university examinations (or both) gives them access to highly prestigious universities both in Turkey and around the world. The track record of their achievements is outstanding and ACI is justifiably very proud of both its student accomplishments as well as those of its alumni as they move on to make a positive leadership influence in their chosen professional fields.
As a school, we are fully focused upon the concept of continuous improvement. To this end, we are a member of the Council of International Schools and we are fully committed to the Accreditation cycle of visits and reports, with our next formal visit being in March 2021. In addition to the above, as a faculty we have agreed to give a multi-year focus on deepening our understanding of and practice in the art of differentiation strategies with a view to further developing and embedding within the students a strong mastery of critical thinking and creativity. This focus is a key element within the pedagogical strand of our 2019-24 strategic plan.
The above serves to give you a flavor of our goals and direction. There is a tremendous amount of in-house expertise that will ensure that we continue the forward momentum. However, the external expertise that comes from the hiring of international teachers has been an essential and highly successful element throughout the school’s history. ACI is fully committed to continuing with this integration of national and international staff for the continued pedagogical development of the school as well as for the ACI student experience.
We would love you to consider both joining our school and having the wonderful experience of living in the beautiful coastal region of Izmir, Turkey!
Ray Holliday – Bersegeay
Head of School