Aims of Efdal

In accordance with the Primary School Programme of the Turkish Ministry of Education, the language of teaching in our school is Turkish. Our aims, led by the belief that education and training are equally important, are as follows:

• To ensure that our students enjoy school,
• To help our students develop their emotional, social, cognitive and physical aspects by approaching them within the frame work of love, attention, and trust,
• To help our students attain basic habits through parent-teacher cooperation,
• To provide opportunities for our students to express themselves freely in both Turkish and English and attain self-control,
• To develop their creativity,
• To ensure that the students use Turkish correctly and effectively,
• To help them gain reading habits,
• To provide opportunities for them to learn through observation and experience,
• To raise happy individuals that are able to use generalization, principles, and concepts, exclusive of memorization, who bring out their cognitive skills by analysing and rationalizing and having all these qualities reflect on their success and behaviour.

All private schools make various tasks according to different aims. Therefore, all schools have different characteristics and these characteristics distinguish them from each other, thus determining their place in the educational world.

Since our school does not have a high-school section, the different qualities that we apply to prepare competent students for high-schools and higher educational institutes can be summarized as follows:

1. Efdal acts in accordance with the principle that education and training should develop students thinking skills, hence gives great importance to it. (For more information, please view 'Education in Efdal')

2. A program which we call 'The Value System' is applied in our institution. In accordance with this program, each class has an hour assigned for 'The Value System' per week. 'The Value System of Efdal' was implemented in 2007-2008 academic year. This program was prepared to help the students’ personal development. During the preparation of this program, our students were observed closely to have the system apply not to general, but to the more specific- the Efdal Family.

The aim here is to get our students to know their responsibilities and act accordingly / to respectfully listen to others / to feel the comfort of expressing themselves correctly and at the right time / to know not only the price but also the value of what they own, to know and internalize the reason why Ataturk is to be followed / to know themselves and realize that they are unique in the world and understand that others are as well and make their evaluations in that respect / to have our students understand that creativity is not a skill or a gift given to certain people , thus.

3. In principle, Efdal is against private lessons and training centres. Therefore, our students' incompetencies are dealt within school on individual basis. To provide and continue this quality, even though one teacher would be enough for Turkish, Maths, Science, and Social Studies lessons for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, we provide 3 teachers for each department for this aim. For the lower school (1st-5th grade) a separate homeroom teacher is available only to help diminish these incompetencies. This program is carried out in class hours during the day and also out of class hours during the week.

4. In accordance with the idea that success in education and training is possible through communication between parents, school and students, each student has a communication notebook that s/he uses daily. The fact that our students keep a record of their homework daily and observation of parent – teacher correspondences through the notebook helps resolve issues before they turn into problems. Moreover, the Information System for the Parents (VBS) which is part of the school website is another way of providing parent-teacher communication.

5. During the summer holiday, our students are assigned homework prepared by their teachers that will take up 15-30 minutes of their time daily. These are collected during the first week of the following academic year to be checked and handed back to the students.

6. Through assessment and evaluation exams, students' levels are determined and announced to the parents. These evaluations help us focus on each student individually. With these differences that we apply we provide our students with a good basic education. Hence, while our students prepare for Anatolian High-Schools and Private High-School Exams, they also prepare for the basics of University Entrance Exams. The results of our researches have shown us that a large portion of the University Entrance Exam questions come from Primary School curriculum and there are great similarities between them.