Bilkent Laboratory & International School Ankara
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3.3 from 9 reviews
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About Bilkent Laboratory & International School


Bilkent Laboratory & International School (BLIS) is a proud member of the Bilkent family.

Located on the rolling hills of Bilkent University high above the city of Ankara, BLIS provides a rigorous academic program from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program from Pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade IB Diploma.

A school for international students and Turkish nationals, BLIS provides a unique blend of national and international education, preparing leaders of the future.

Our English immersion early childhood program progresses to the bilingual elementary grades, through the transitional middle years, concluding with the mandatory international English programs of the Cambridge IGCSE and the IB Diploma Program.

The rich traditions of Bilkent altruism and humanitarianism are evident as our students build libraries, houses and friendships. We are proud of them as they become exemplary citizens in the community, nation and the world.

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Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Max Class Size

Unknown

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9 Reviews of Bilkent Laboratory & International School

Average Ratings

Overall 3.30
Facilities 3.20
Academics 2.60
Teachers 2.80
Sports 2.80
Music & Arts 2.20
Science & Tech 2.40

Reviewer Nationalities

American (3) Turkish (1)

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Realist, 08/06/2022 @ 13:02:32
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It is amazing to read some of the negative commentary about BLIS, which is regarded as the 'premier' school in Ankara, Turkey. It is, unfortunately, human nature to belittle and demonize things upon either having to leave yourself or be asked to leave. This happens with workplaces and relationships most commonly, whereby people feel better about their own decisions in life when they can blame conditions in a workplace or their horrid partners for all the concerns and issues they face as individuals. The number one factor to consider with any school is how they fare with international recognition and accreditation. BLIS is fully accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB), Council of International Schools (CIS), North England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Turkish Ministry of Education (MEB), and is a recognized Cambridge school. This means that almost every year, dependent on accreditation cycles, this school is visited by international committees that evaluate the school on specific international school standards. These standards include administration and leadership, faculty, facilities, curricular programs, assessment etc etc. BLIS has been fully accredited by these outside agencies for over two decades (20 years). It's easy to make anonymous negative comments on random websites. It's much harder to maintain a high level of academic rigor and continued success in graduating ALL students to well regarded international universities across the globe, which BLIS has been doing since the day it started serving it's wider school community.

O., 02/04/2022 @ 15:59:37
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Most of the teaching staff are not teachers. Half of them even do not have a teaching certificate or not a diploma from a faculty of education. Most of them just got a certificate with a so-called "being teacher program". They are trying to just hire every foreign people they see, even the spouse of teachers since they can talk in English and have a degree in something else. There is a high level of mobbing among Turkish teachers. I am so sorry about some of my friends who exposed it. Most of them are obviously snakes. We witnessed that administration is not even informed about most of it if the department leader is also Turkish. They are just devil's friends. So happy to leave that school. However, Turkey was a wonderful country. I strongly recommend seeing the country.

Doruk, 25/01/2022 @ 21:22:28
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Amazing school however some teachers are not the best of people.

Roberts, 09/12/2020 @ 09:18:09
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BLIS is a subpar school. They lie when hiring staff. Admin bullies both local and ex-pat staff- curriculums are in shambles, parents run the school with no regard to education or best practices, grade fixing is expected. Academics are poor. The Director of the school is a yes "woman" for the board. No real vision or direction as a school. School has a hard time retaining staff- most leave after their contract and even break contract.

unknown, 09/09/2020 @ 16:44:43
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This is a very bad school. I only liked the food.I got bullied a lot.

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Amazing Smart place, international school

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Maya Yetiş, a year ago


This school is amazing.

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Ahmed Gado, 2 years ago


Great School! Amazing memories I miss it so much

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Burak Altıntaş, 3 years ago


Very little concern for students and mostly about profits. Impossible to be successful without outside tutoring and guidance in most courses. The school has very disorganized staff and provides a subpar education. The turkish staff is much better when compared to the international staff.

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