International Academic Programmes

TED Rönesans International Academic Programmes

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. Research supports this kind of phonics teaching to be highly suitable for children with English as their first language, as well as children learning English as a foreign language. It is also successful supports struggling readers.  Our Jolly Phonics programme at TED Rönesans is a corner stone of our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1 programmes.  For more information about the international Jolly Phonics Programme please click here.

Cambridge YLE (Young Learner Exams)

Our young learners in grades 2, 3 and 4 can take their first steps in Cambridge International Exams.  Grade 2 students embark upon Starters while Grade 3 undergo Movers and Grade 4 Flyers.  Students prepare for their exams during their English lessons throughout the academic year and exam preparation is integrated into our English academic programmes.  Young Leaner Exams usually take place in May or June at TED Rönesans.  For more information about Cambridge Young Learner Exams click the links below.

Grade 2 Starters

Grade 3 Movers

Grade 4 Flyers

Cambridge Secondary 1 English Checkpoint

Our Cambridge English curriculum framework continues in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 and prepares our students for the Cambridge Checkpoint exam at the end of Grade 8.  During the middle school years students are frequently tested against Cambridge international benchmarks. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report which allows students and teachers to make strategic decisions to improve their areas of weakness.  As TED Rönesans is an accredited Cambridge school this allows us unprecedented access to Cambridge resources and support materials to better support our students and teachers in both learning and teaching English as a second language respectively.  More information on Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint can be found by clicking the link below.

Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint

Cambridge iGCSE English (Grades 9 and 10 in High School)

A high score in both the 8th grade English Checkpoint exam and the high school readiness exam (prepared by TED Rönesans) gives a strong indication that students will be able to partake in the First Language iGCSE programme.  This two-year programme rigorously challenges students in both language and literary skills and sets them up for the AP English Literature programme in 11th grade.  More details about the iGCSE English as a First Language programme can be found by clicking here and the iGCSE English as a First Language Literature programme by clicking here.  In addition to our First Language English programme in grades 9 and 10 we offer the Cambridge iGCSE English as a Second Language Core and Extended programmes.   The goal of these programmes is to get students to a comfortable B2+ level of English (equivalent to the Cambridge FCE exam or approximately IELTS 6/6.5) by the end of 10th grade.  The primary focus is on developing language skills, however the thematic approach in grades 9 and 10 still mean that students will encounter age appropriate literature based around a variety of themes.  Details about Cambridge’s iGCSE English as a Second Language programme can be found here.

Cambridge iGCSE Turkish

Our First Language iGCSE Turkish programme at TED Rönesans develops learners' abilities to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in Turkish. Students learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to develop an appreciation of how writers achieve their effects. The syllabus also complements other areas of study, particularly English, by encouraging skills of more general application.  Details of Cambridge’s First Language iGCSE Turkish syllabus can be found here.

Pearson/Edexcel BTEC

A BTEC (Business Technology Education Council) when combined with academic learning in a school or college develops a range of practical knowledge and skills which help learners to prepare for their chosen career.  Classroom style teaching combined with project work and practical, work-related activities help to develop students' behavioural skills, which can include teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills.  At TED Rönesans we offer a range of internationally recognised BTECs from grade 7 and into high school including Principles of Applied Science, Art and Design, Music, Business, and Social Media.  For details on all BTEC programmes click here.

AP (Advanced Placement)

AP is a programme run by College Board (the makers of the SAT) which allow students to take intro level university courses at TED Rönesans that can earn them university credit and/or qualify them for more advanced classes when they begin university.  Typically, AP courses begin in 11th grade.  Class sizes are usually smaller and weekly programme hours can be between 5 and 10 hours a week depending on the AP course.  Students who intend to study overseas (or at Turkish national universities that recognise APs) usually take two APs with an aim of obtaining a grade of 3 or more (5 being the highest).  Students at TED Rönesans receive guidance during 10th grade to guide them to the most appropriate AP programme should they wish to take this route.  Detailed information about AP can be found here.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

TED Rönesans is very proud to be associated with the DofE award programme.  The programme is open to students aged 14 and up with the object of pushing personal boundaries and supporting students in gaining new skills to enhance their CVs and strengthen their prospects of successful university applications. Students can partake in community projects, expeditions, and skills based programmes. Details on the DofE award can be found here.

World Scholar’s Cup

The WSC is an international academic event open to middle and high school students.  At TED Rönesans we offer WSC as a middle school club.  Students partake in national events fine tuning their academic acumen in debating, writing, and general knowledge.  Success at the national level can lead to the WSC international rounds and success here may see students battle it out in the final at Yale University.  The wonderful world of WSC can be explode in this video by clicking here.

MUN (Model United Nations)

MUN allows students to roleplay as UN delegates and simulate UN committees. Students prepare for conferences during club time at TED Rönesans.  Larger conferences are organized at the national and international level with fellow MUN schools offering a unique opportunity for students to socialise and compete against their peers in new and exciting surroundings. MUN involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities, all key skills for university and career success.

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