International Turkish Hope School, Dhaka
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|International Turkish Hope School (ITHS)|
|Grades||Playgroup through 12|
|Enrollment||2000 (all campuses, 2014)|
|Campus size||2 acres (main campus)|
History and campus
Founder Principal Kazim Eldes established ITHS in Dhaka in 1996. The President of Turkey, Süleyman Demirel, a strong supporter of Turkish schools, officially inaugurated the school while on a state visit in March 1997.
The school started as one campus in rented premises serving a small number of very young students. It has since grown to eight campuses in three cities: two preschools, two junior sections (grades 1–5), and two senior sections (one boys, one girls) in the Gulshan and Uttara areas of Dhaka, a branch in Chittagong that spans from preschool through grade 10, and a preschool and junior section in Bogra. Combined enrollment has risen to 1,500 as of 2014.
ITHS began construction of a purpose-built campus on two acres of land granted by the Bangladesh government, located in Uttara Sector 4, in June 2002. Construction was finished in September 2005. Facilities include an extensive playground, football field, basketball court, conference hall, library, and computer and science lab. There are boys and girls hostels for boarders.
ITHS is an English medium school having classes from Toddler through higher secondary level. The school follows the International GCSE and GCE system and prepares the students for O-level and A-level examinations. English is taught from an early age. The British Council has partnered with the school since May 2015, teaching English language reading and writing skills to children between 11 and 13 years old at the Uttara campus. Bengali language classes are compulsory for students with Bangladeshi roots. Turkish language is taught from class 3 to 8. Religious studies classes are compulsory for Muslim students.
Head of Section
Each section is run by a head of section who deals with all academic and administrative issues relating to that section.
The teaching staff consists of experienced and qualified Bangladeshi, Turkish and other foreign teachers.
In addition to their work within school hours, teachers run numerous after-school clubs and other activities, including competitions in art, poetry, drama and singing, Kids Show, and Sports Day.
There are about 2000 students. 17% of the students are from countries outside Bangladesh, including Malaysia, Canada, Philippines, US, England, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
O- and A-level results
The school reported 97% success rate in O-level and 98% in A-level in 2009.
ITHS publishes physics, chemistry, math, biology and language books, computer studies materials, magazines, brochures and diaries.
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