The American Collegiate Institute / Özel İzmir Amerikan Koleji is one of the Health and Education Foundation’s /Sağlık ve Eğitim Vakfı schools along with its sister schools - Üsküdar American High School, Tarsus American College, SEV American College, İzmir SEV Schools, Üsküdar SEV Schools and Tarsus SEV Schools.
One of the main characteristics that makes American Collegiate Institute /Özel İzmir Amerikan Koleji different; is its progressive educational approach while protecting its long lasting traditions. In our school where no concessions of national values are made; the students are requested to be aware of their culture and language while at the same time an international approach and understaning is fostered . Our school witnessed the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923 and has always proceeded with determination and ambition along Atatürk’s enlightened path.
The educational staff includes both Turkish and foreign teachers who are experts in their fields. ACI is located on a green campus of 31 decares in the Göztepe neighborhood of Izmir, Turkey. The Naomi Foster library and media center with its unique architecture; is equiped with over 70,000 books, electronic databases, computer labs and a video conference room. The Shepard Sports hall with its sports courts, exercise areas and fitness rooms; has been serving as a wide, modern and multifunctional gymnasium. In addition to these facilities; there is the Hill Science building that has many appropriately built laboratories, the Blake auditorium for 550 people, an IT and arts building know as the Taner Hall, an amphitheater for 1200 people, a girls dorm, open sports areas and the Beacon academic building with over 30 classrooms. ACI boys dorm is located right across the street from the main campus.
ACI was the first and only school in Aegean region to be continuously accredited by the International Baculaureate Organization (IBO) since the school year of 2006-2007. IB Program and the IB Diploma has been accepted as the primary educational standard world wide. This program is a challenging pre university educational process for highly motivated high school students. The students with an IB diploma achieve the chance to be accepted to the best universities worldwide.
ACI has both a Turkish university counselor and an international college counselor among its staff; aims to specify the future targets for students that are defined as a result of their interests, values, caharacter traits and career necessities and support them in every possible way. For the past five years the college placement ratio of the ACI graduates have been 99%. Along with graduates who have been placed in distinguished public and private universities (on scholarship) in Turkey, there are also graduates who have been accepted to overseas universitied such as UPENN, Georgetown, Cornell, Brandeis, McGill and Tufts where they usually get scholarship and continue on with their academic lifes.
As well as the perfect English that has been thaught since the prep class; there are also secondary foreign language options such as French, German and Spanish which prepare the students to the necessities of the time. The students who have been serving at social service clubs, have been serving as directed within the school motto “ Enter to learn Depart to serve” The ACI students have the chance to choose the desired extracurricular activity from a variety of over 80 choices that increase their selfconfidence and improve their leadership traits. The TÜBİTAK club students are considered worthy of many awards every year with their successful project. Also every year, the ACI students represent our school and our country successfully among the international arena via MUN, Junior Achievement and Robotics teams.