Hisar School Philosophy

A philosophy statement should relate the school’s most essential beliefs as to how students best learn and how teachers most effectively teach. Philosophy sets our direction in every aspect of education.

Hisar School philosophy has been strongly influenced by the solid theories of Dewey, Piaget, Sizer, Socrates, and Ataturk, but tempered by our own years of experience and success, and can be best described in a number of belief statements as follows:

1. Hisar School stands as a role model for the global community in a democratic and secular Turkish Republic, enlightened by the principles of Atatürk.

2. Caring and encouraging are at the core of effective learning environments. To succeed with students today, we must establish positive relationships through understanding, empathy and compassion.

3. A positive school climate will favor effective learning. Accordingly, we must believe in our students and in their potential to learn and become productive young citizens. Belief in our students is critical to their intellectual and social growth.

4. Students learn best when actively engaged in the construction of their own learning. The student who is the active participant in his educational program, - the writer, producer, presenter, or actor, will acquire and retain deeper learning.

5. Social responsibility is a necessary element of education. Our students must understand their role and responsibilities with regard to social change and reform, at school, at home and globally. Learning tolerance and consideration of others is essential.

6. Social Reform and Democracy, as presented in the principles of Ataturk, are critically important in education.

7. The realization of one’s full potential, toward the greater good, is a necessary concern of education.