Açı Diploma Program (ADP)
Açı High School requires all its students to complete Açı Diploma Program.
Açı Diploma Program combines; Açı Academic Program (AAP), and Açı Learning Experience which is a series of extracurricular learning experiences in a 4 year program.
Açı Academic Program (AAP)
Açı Academic Program; consists of the Core Program, Electives I (academic program courses) and Electives II (General culture and current issues) groups. The medium of the program is Turkish. Preparation courses for foreign universities are carried out in English. Açı Academic Program meets all of the objectives of The Ministry of National Education’s secondary education curriculum.
The Core Program consists of all the required courses that every student should get. The basis of Açı high school student profile is formed by; upper-level literacy skills, effective use of the mother tongue, advanced skills in more than one foreign language, analytical thinking and in depth global culture education. In this context, Turkish language and literature, English (language and literature), humanities and mathematics courses; create the core program that every student is required to get.
As of 11th grade, this lesson group, combined with their interests and skills, lays the foundation for the university program the student wants to follow in the future. Students are offered academic courses in verbal and numeric fields to choose from. Generally students concentrate on a certain field and they choose lessons from one of the Science-Mathematics, Language-Mathematics or Language-Social fields in addition to the Core Program, in a way to support each other.
Among the elective courses of 11th grade are lectures on economics, psychology, international studies, etc. given by academicians. In addition, a variety of AP classes for students wishing to study abroad are offered.
Açı Learning Experience (ALE)
The reason for naming the program as the learning experience is because learning is a lifelong and individualistic journey.
A life-long learning is not limited only to putting in practice the knowledge acquired in the class. ALE; with elective courses covering more than 20 subjects and clubs, goes beyond classroom learning and creates learning opportunities about music and art which have an important part in the art of living, as well as about communications and human relations which are changing rapidly with the impact of technology.
Clubs act as the bridge for the students to carry the knowledge and skills acquired in the school into effect in their social lives. While the 8th, 9th and 10th grade students gain experience in the Clubs, the 11th and 12th grade students take responsibility in the establishment and management of clubs, as well as preparing annual events.
Clubs; participate in out-of-school competitions, conferences and organizations, both at home and abroad. Musical groups, while practicing instruments, also participate in the out-of-school festivals and competitions and prepare for in-school winter and spring concerts. Clubs work outside the class hours, in three different zones.
Moreover, students can initiate their own clubs within the scope of Personal Student Project (SIP-Bireysel Öğrenci Projesi) Students who want to create and implement their own projects, share the project with the ALE coordinator and after the preparation process if the project is approved, a year after the Club opens.
At Açı High School, students get training in the sports branch that they chose according to their preferences. Depending on the performance and willingness of the student, they are oriented to the relevant branch’s domestic, foreign, private or official sporting events and competitions.
Courses include: basketball, volleyball, wing chun, outdoor sports, billiards, fitness-spinning, badminton, triathlon, pilates and soccer.
High school basketball and volleyball teams participate in the interschool tournaments and competitions organized by the Federation and they represent Açı schools.
In order to complete Açı Diploma Program, each student must work in a social responsibility project for a minimum of 50 hours.
The 9th and 10th grade students are obliged to participate in one social responsibility project. The 11th and 12th grade students can participate in those projects if they so desire. The social responsibility project tasks are carried out within the school hours.
Similarly, within the framework of SIP, students can suggest a personal social responsibility project to the ALE coordinator and after the preparation process, can start the project if it is approved.
The core philosophy of literature department is cultivating students so that each graduate of Açı High School would continue his/her life as an equipped adult who has literary culture and accumulation. Literature is perceived as not only a lesson but as a relationship where cultural attainments are shared and a particular intellectual production is put forth. The school’s and department’s expectation from literature courses is; that the students actively participate in this intellectual production and ensuring that they become individuals who know well their own culture, history, literature as well as other branches of art and language.
Each student of Açı High School; graduates as a real literate who can think, criticize, analyze the important contemporary works of Turkish literature and can get down to different areas of reading.
The purpose of math courses; is to provide a learning environment away from memorization and on the contrary allow the students to attain abstract thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills which are so vital in life, as well as recognizing their own potential and use it fully.
The Targets of the Program:
- The ability to use the language of mathematics
- Develop their skills of calculation
- Develop their problem solving ability
- Develop their analytical thinking skills
- Use technology in mathematics
- The ability to inquire and generate questions
In line with these targets, various mathematics programs are carried out to support our students’ local and overseas university education. You can find the programs and codes below:
091 9th grade mathematics
101 10th grade mathematics
111 11th grade mathematics local class
112 AP Calculus AB
113 11th grade mathematics abroad class
121 12th grade advanced mathematics abroad class
122 AP Calculus BC
123 12th grade basic mathematics abroad class
124 12th grade mathematics (YGS/LYS) local class
The main purpose of the history section is to ensure that the students are able to perceive historical events and facts as a whole, set in a big frame. It prefers to evaluate history, not as a linear road but rather within a design with its leaps, comebacks and coincidences. It aims to ensure that the student doesn’t take history simply as a narrative of people and understand that it inherently bears all components of the society and be able to analyze events from economic, cultural and sociological aspects. It’s expected that the students are able to analyze processes and facts of their own countries, but also place this analysis into the world history and assess the world and country history as a complement of each other on a time frame.
Philosophy, in addition to thinking, is also related to the field of value thus students who develop their creative and critical thinking skills should be able to transfer these attainments to daily life; and it is aimed to raise students as individuals who respect different ideas, have an open mind, do not hesitate to ask questions, have high social sensitivity.
It aims that the students protect the spatial values, starting from their vicinity, to their country and to the world, understand the values of their country, perceive the problems of their country and the world, develop awareness of learning human-nature relationships and be able to use it effectively in their future life.
Our goal as the Science Department is to educate individuals who; accept the scientific research methods as a way of thinking, can establish a connection between the concepts learned and real life, can analyze and share their thoughts, has the skills, attitudes, values and understanding about science which is necessary to maintain his sense of wonder about the world and environment that he lives in, continue learning lifelong and have 21st century skills.
The Targets of the Program:
- To be able to apply the scientific method
- To develop laboratory work techniques and practical abilities, the ability to use measuring tools correctly
- Make a topic-related literature search, understand information, interpret it and express with own words
- To follow the developments in the field of science and technology
- The ability to use information technologies in the lessons
- Be sensitive to environmental issues and formulate scientific projects on these topics
The students, who read world literature classics in the English courses, also get the opportunity to test themselves on international exams. They are prepared for the exams such as; Checkpoint at the end of 8th grade, IGCSE Literature or ESL at the end of the 9th grade; and then AP Language and Composition as well as AP Literature and Composition exams for students aiming overseas universities.
French courses prepare students for DELF B2 and afterwards there’s an option of AP French for students aiming a university abroad.
For Spanish, DELE B1 is set as a goal at the end of high school.
A student with high level in French can choose to take additional Spanish classes in after-school hours and attain A2 Spanish level, thus graduate equipped with 3 foreign languages.
ICT lessons linked to the primary and secondary school in a vertical planning follows the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum. After completing a 130 hour course, the 10th grade students take the IGCSE – ICT exam. The ICT course, carried out 2 hours per week, provides basic technology skills of university and business life and officially certified with an exam. All lessons take place in the ICT laboratory, using Apple computers.
The ICT course, taught both theoretically and practically, follows the Cambridge curriculum and is evaluated by various means. Students are supported according to their needs with extra studies and by digital documents which will facilitate learning and repetition.
The basic framework of the course is to equip the students about information-communication technologies by enabling them to understand today’s technology, to use it safely and consciously as well as to learn programs and applications for different needs.
Lesson planning is done parallel to other fields and the attainments of ICT lesson are reinforced with interdisciplinary studies. Joint projects are carried out with biology, physics, chemistry, literature, history and geography courses.
Apart from the ICT lessons, students are offered two other alternatives within the club program. Coding – Mobile device programming and Maker (Arduino programming, electronic and 3D design).
Açı High Tech Club
Açı Tech Club, which is a part of high school club activity options, accepts students on a place-availability basis. Club activities are carried out during the whole year on a 33 week planning and a project-based program. One project; is completed by students who work on different fields such as 3D design, electronics and Arduino programming.
Students improve their proficiency in taking responsibility, sense of mission and completing the project in a group work environment. In a medium of academic activity where a specific curriculum and program is followed, there are theoretical lessons but more often practical applications.
Studies are implemented in 3 different basic fields.
- 3D Design.
For 3D design, students use TinkerCat, Sketchup and Rhino programs. The project is applied by preparing designs for different purposes. The given tasks; enable students to attain the skills of modeling, scaling, developing the concepts of geometry and dimension, multi-functional thinking and problem solving. Models designed in the computer are printed in our 3D printers with different filament features. The designs prepared in digital medium concretize by means of an object that the students can actually take in their hands.
- Arduino programming
Students use Arduino Genuino 101 card to realize the programming and coding phases of the project. They develop code tracking, problem resolution, analog measuring (heat, light, sound, movement, etc) skills and control the circuit board by using sensors.
- Electronic circuit card design
They develop basic skills about sensors, circuit elements, resistance reading, integrated circuits and their features, circuit arrangement and soldering. In this phase, our students design the electronic circuits to be used in the project, primarily with Fritzing program in the digital media, design it on the screen and run on breadboard circuit. Then students create the circuit in the physical medium by using tools such as soldering iron, side cutters, tweezers, etc. They complete the circuit by soldering on a perforated pertinax and run it.
Code writing is perceived as a life skill and it is targeted that students would be able to apply this skill to all kinds of professions. Programming lessons, in which algorithmic thinking is taught and applied, start in primary school and secondary school with block programming, and then continue in high school with coding, within the scope of the club activity. Students learn coding on Python programming language. They develop a project by learning basic concepts and commands. The second stage is developing software for mobile platforms. In addition to code writing, they also experience project development, creating the steps of the process and following up.