Message from Head of School


Welcome to SEV American College,


SEV American College, SAC, began admitting students in September, 2014. The school grew to a size of 600 students in four years. SAC has joined the family of schools that were founded by the American Board in the mid-1800s and now governed by the Health and Education Foundation (SEV), a Turkish non-profit foundation. Students can enter the school from the SEV Elementary Schools or through a nationally administered entrance exam taken at the end of the eighth grade.


At SAC we value international mindedness and learning from others who may have different backgrounds and perspectives. As a foreign head of school, I hope to encourage and model respect for diversity and unfamiliar ideas that would enrich us as individuals and communities. It is learning about different cultures, and respecting differences that we challenge, clarify and strengthen our own thinking. We would like our students to be proficient thinkers, confident speakers, and at ease operating in both national and international contexts. The educational program at SAC are designed to achieve these aims.


The focus of SAC is to create a dynamic learning community whereby students can not only be the architects of their education, but also be the architects of their futures. A collaborative dialogue will be in place where students and faculty can develop programs and facilities to meet the educational needs of today’s youth, and prepare them for their post- secondary options.


The academic programs are rigorous in nature and prepares students for universities both in and outside of Turkey. Math, Science and English are taught in English. The Turkish Language and Literature as well as Social Studies courses are taught in Turkish. The study of languages is extended to French, German and Spanish. Additionally, courses in Arts, Music, Drama, IT and Physical Education are offered. SAC has been granted authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the diploma program of studies. The goal of the academic program is to provide rigorous academic courses, augmented by a wide variety of electives which foster the refinement of creative, critical and analytic thinking skills.


We welcome all who come to learn and positively contribute to the SAC learning community.


Dr. Dale Taylor

Head of School

Message from Principal


Welcome to SEV American College, the school developing students to be the architects of your future! I would like to share with you both our vision and our faith in this vision.


The Foundation for Health and Education, which founded the American Colleges, which have existed in Turkey since 1800s, forms the roots of the SEV American College (SAC). Our School is the newest member of this family: it opened its doors to students in September 2014. Students who graduated from SEV Elementary and Middle school have a chance to register at SAC based on their grade avarages, Students from other schools are selected based on exam which is done during grade 8.  


In accordance with our academic goals, our educational languages are English and Turkish, all Mathematics and Science courses are taught in English. In addition German, French and Spanish are taught as second languages. Our school also has the IB DP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program) option, which is a pre-university education and training program.


SEV American College aims to prepare its students for the academic life of distinguished universities in Turkey and abroad, as well as develops young people to be sensitive, respectful and self-confident in society and in the world. We encourage our students to explore the talents and skills of music, visual arts, drama and physical education in club activities. In addition to these, we enrich our education with Model United Nations Conferences, International School Theater Association events, international sports competitions, clubs and extracurricular activities in a wide range of activities.


It is at the forefront of our mission that SAC students should respect national values while at the same time grow as young individuals who can tolerate and empathize with other cultures and nationalties. As a rusult the international projects that our students participate in constitute a significant part of the academic and extracurricular programs.


We sincerely believe that fully equipped young people, who our school has educated through academic and social opportunities, will have a say in the future of our country and the world.


Modern educators discuss how institutions will help student develop the necessary skills for the 21st century; the list of these skills is constantly changing and evolving. However, it is agreed that learning is a life-long process and the most important skill that a student should developed.


SAC students: the architect of the future, SAC teachers and parents; welcome to our life-long learning journey.


Elvan Tongal