Message from the General Director
Welcome to BLIS!
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 to children from PK – 12 grade.
BLIS provides the following educational programs:
Grades PK – K: English immersion education implementing Cambridge curricular objectives coupled with the Turkish Ministry of Education curricula, within the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework
Grades 1 – 4: Bi-lingual education implementing Cambridge curricular objectives coupled with the Turkish Ministry of Education curricula, within the IB PYP framework
Grades 5 – 8: English medium education implementing Cambridge curricular objectives coupled with the Turkish Ministry of Education curricula, within the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework
Grade 9 – 10: English medium education implementing Cambridge curricular objectives coupled with the Turkish Ministry of Education curricula, to complete the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This is a two-year programme leading to externally set, marked and certificated examinations from the University of Cambridge.
Grades 11 – 12: English medium education implementing the IB Diploma Programme (DP). The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.
Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.
At BLIS, students must satisfy all requirements of the Turkish Ministry of Education and the IB DP to be awarded a High School diploma.
The rich traditions of Bilkent altruism and humanitarianism are reflected in our school community. Our students volunteer for local, national and international projects ranging from building personal relationships with less fortunate youngsters to building homes for less fortunate families. Parents work tirelessly to raise funds for our students to construct school libraries in villages and support service projects throughout the school.
Founded in 1993, BLIS has achieved a well-deserved reputation for our excellent programs and the quality of our students both in academics and character. In our short history, we have reinvented ourselves through our name, our structure and our facilities, but throughout, we have retained the vision and mission of our founders, the Doğramacı Family.
As stated in our mission, our graduates become exemplary citizens in the community, nation and the world. We are proud of them and we are proud to be contributing to the tradition that is the Bilkent Laboratory & International School.