Koç Okulu employs over 300 teachers, one in five of whom are foreign. The school provides teachers with constant support in developing their teaching skills. Throughout the year, teachers participate in a number of in-house training programs, seminars, symposiums and conferences both inside and outside of the school, and share the best examples from their experiences with their colleagues. The school also supports teachers in continuing their academic development by improving their language skills, and pursuing educational attainments such as master’s degrees and doctorates.
Koç School has a world-class campus, offering students a living space in the heart of nature. The campus covers an area of nearly 650,000 square meters, 620,000 of which is open-air. Seventeen percent of the grounds are landscaped. As well as the high, middle and elementary school buildings on campus, there is also a science building, with a separate branch of the sciences (physics, chemistry and biology) on each floor, dormitories, lodgings for the director and students, a social area for residents, a covered semi-Olympic sized swimming pool (also a covered teaching pool and open-air swimming pool) and open-air sports areas. The buildings cover an area of approximately 30,000 square meters, and have a total usage area of 54,000 square meters. There is an athletics track with an artificial turf football field in the center, which is the largest track belonging to any school or university.
In addition to the classrooms, the school buildings also contain laboratories, career training and ceramics studios, events rooms, art and music rooms, a covered sports center with adjustable stands which can host two basketball matches at once, a conference hall seating approximately 1,100 people, three separate medical rooms with full-time doctors and nurses (the high school medical room is open 24/7 and an ambulance is available for emergencies), a dining hall serving onsite home-cooked meals, a cafeteria (Sevgi Gönül Student Center) and numerous libraries. The middle school and the elementary school have their own individual libraries, in addition to the Suna Kıraç Library and the Atatürk Library which contain over 60,000 books. In 2017, Koç School set up a renewable energy plant using solar energy and began producing its own electricity.
Today, Koç School has over 2,000 students, with almost half attending the primary and middle schools and half attending the high school; one in five of the high school students (approximately 120 students) are boarders. A large proportion of these students board at the school for seven days a week and the rest for five days—these include students from numerous different Turkish provinces.
VKV scholarships are granted to high-achieving students from across Turkey, providing them with the opportunity to study at the school. Approximately 40% of Koç School students receive scholarships of various proportions. Nearly 20% of those given scholarships receive 100% off of their fees.
Aiming to give students a solid cultural ground, the school corridors feature exhibitions of works from prestigious museums such as the Sadberk Hanım Museum, the Istanbul Rahmi M. Koç Museum and Pera Museum. In addition, exhibitions of the students’ own works are a different educational mechanism, enabling students to see concrete examples of what they are studying, establishing links between concrete and abstract terms and stimulating creative thought.
Koç School was one of the first establishments in Turkey to introduce The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (The International Youth Award until 2013), which aims to support personal development. At the time of writing, over 200 Koç School students have received awards on the program, which is composed of four sections: public service, adventure and discovery, skills development and physical development.
A large proportion of Koç School graduates continue their higher education abroad. In 2017, approximately 60% of graduates went abroad, while 51% of those choosing to continue their studies in Turkey took up scholarship places at foundation universities. Koç School, which is a member of the European Council of International Schools and the National Association for College Admission Counseling, features on the Guide to Excellence, compiled by Cambridge University Student Union to promote the best schools worldwide.