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The English School of Istanbul

An Exceptional School

İstanbul İngiliz Anaokulu Ana BinaThe English School of Istanbul (ESI) is a modern preschool offering an international curriculum in a bilingual environment for children aged 3-6 in a state of the art learning environment.

The school is located in the heart of the Anatolian side of Istanbul within a stone’s throw of both Kadıköy and Bağdat Street.

The school building is set within a mature garden in a quiet residential street. The garden provides opportunities for an inspiring education both inside and outside the classroom.

ESI is a sister school of English School of Kyneria a leading international school in North Cyprus. The English School of Kyrenia is an 'International Baccalaureate (IB) World School', an 'Independent Cambridge Examination Centre' and a member of the 'Council of International Schools'.

British Teachers

Head Teacher - Qualifications: Bachelor of Education; MA. Education; National Professional Qualification for Headship; Dip Ed. Language Development; Dip. Ed. Reading Development

Early Years Coordinator - Qualifications: BA Hons in Early Years Education & Art. Pioneer of the EYFS curriculum which introduced learn through play.

Early Years & Year One Teacher - Qualifications: BA Hons in Performance Arts, Dance, Drama, Music and Art with PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)

All of our teachers have UK Qualified Teacher's Status (QTS).

Bilingual Education

We seek to develop the language skills of our students to the level of bi-lingualism (English & Turkish) and later, multi-lingualism. Each class has a fully qualified and experienced British teacher, as well as a bilingual teaching assistant.

Being bi-lingual does not mean that a child can ‘get-by’ in a second language. Rather, a bilingual student is expected to read, write and speak both languages at the same high level. In effect, they have two first languages. The younger a child begins his or her bilingual education, the more bilingual they are likely to become.

Creative Education

We encourage our boys and girls to reach their personal and academic potential whilst nurturing their curiosity and encouraging individuality and creative thought. The English School of Istanbul’s ethos is caring, student-centred and international. We offer every opportunity for our students to reach their full potential.


As the ESI team, our mission is to develop successful, caring, independent citizens of Turkey and the world, who are able to lead the future generations with their intelligence, values and determination.

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We offer every opportunity for our students to reach their full potential.