Elementary School FAQs

  • What is the schedule for the 2018/2019 academic year? What is the cost for one year?

The schedule and cost of the program are yet to be determined for next school year.

  • What are the school hours?

School Hours will be confirmed before the end of this school year.  Currently, the Elementary students begin the day in their classrooms at 8:00 and are dismissed at 15:30.

  • How many students will you accept for enrollment?

In recent years, BLIS has experienced considerable demand for admissions and has reached its enrollment capacity in some grades.  BLIS will no longer accept students applying for Kindergarten and First Grade.  Only students residing overseas will be considered for Kindergarten and First Grade.

Students applying for grades other than Kindergarten and First Grade, who meet admissions criteria, will only be invited to apply for admission if and when there are places available within our programs.  Applications for admission will not be taken for grade levels in which enrollments are at capacity.  Information will be shared with the wider school community via our school website concerning which grades levels are open to admission applications.  

  • Is there a special agreement with Bilkent University for admission?

Please contact the BLIS Finance Office for information regarding admission agreements.

  •  How many students will there be in a classroom?

The maximum number of students per classroom will be 16 within the Pre-Kindergarten and 18 within the Kindergarten.  The maximum number of students per classroom will be 20 within grades 1 through 4.

  • Are meals provided by a catering company or prepared in the school kitchen?

Meals are prepared by our catering company in our own school kitchen.

  • Do you provide snacks and breakfast?

Children are provided a morning and an afternoon snack. There is fresh fruit served to the children daily.  There is no breakfast served.

  • Can you give us some details about the program?

We use the International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) as our framework.  The PYP is designed for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years. It is an international, trans-disciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic.  BLIS is also a fully authorized Turkish Ministry of Education School.

  • What kind of facilities do you provide?

The Pre-K building is located in a separate facility near the main building.  A separate, remodeled 93 building is the Kindergarten.  Elementary grades 1 through 4 are located in a purpose-built facility that opened in 2014 and is attached to the main building.

  • In what ways do you communicate with parents?

We communicate with parents and the community in many ways, through:

  • Seesaw
  • Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
  • Report Cards
  • Portfolio Presentations
  • Weekly Bulletins
  • Class Newsletters
  • Mini Exhibitions
  • Art Shows
  • Performances
  • Student Journals
  • Email


  • Are the programs, methods and strategies researched based and in the best interest of the growth of the child?

The education programs administered within BLIS are best practice. We deliver an authorized and accredited International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme as well as the Diploma Programme; we are recognized by the Turkish Ministry of Education and a member of the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Secondary Schools.

  • Is there bus transportation available?

Bus transportation is provided for BLIS students by an outside contracted service bus provider.  Bus service is optional and is available for an additional fee.  Information is shared with all families upon enrollment.