MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
It is my honor and privilege to be Head of School at Tarsus American College. As our distinguished alumni can attest, to be part of TAC is to be part of a living history, a family that spans the globe and stretches back more than 130 years.
We are an exclusive high school, widely recognized as one of the best in the Mediterranean region and unique among private schools in Turkey for matriculating some of the most successful leaders in business, medicine, communications, law, philanthropy, and the arts.
With nearly 600 students coming from 35 different cities in Turkey, nearly 25% of whom reside in our modern boarding facilities, and a teaching staff comprised of experienced Turkish and international educators from 8 countries, TAC is a dynamic institution that fosters global mindedness and personal accountability in tangible ways.
Our curriculum is enriched with meaningful electives and an immersive English preparatory program for all students prior to starting 9th grade. We offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and are accredited by the Turkish Ministry of Education and the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Tarsus stands at the crossroads of world history, a small city situated just 10 miles inland from the shores of the Mediterranean amidst citrus groves with a mountainous backdrop. Grand historic sites like Cleopatra’s Gate and St. Paul’s Cathedral are within just a few minutes’ walk from TAC serene, park-like campus modeled after small New England colleges.
The Meditteranean climate allows for near year-round access to outdoor activities and the accessibility of two larger cities, Mersin and Adana, provide for additional educational and recreational opportunities, not to mention some of the best cuisine in the world. Istanbul is just a one-hour flight from Adana, providing inexpensive and easy access to cities in Europe and the Middle East.
A proud part of the SEV Health and Education Foundation’s family of schools, we
continue to invest in our teachers, our infrastructure, and our curriculum so that TAC grows from being recognized not only as one of the top schools in the country or the region, but in the world.
Head of School
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I greet you with love and respect in the excitement of embarking on a new year.
We are on the brink of another year when our school, established in 1888 in Tarsus, a city which has been home to many civilizations since 2000 years ago, will harness the united energy of its community towards serving civilization and modernity. Tarsus American College, which takes its roots from both universal values of honesty, knowledge, tolerance, citizenship and international understanding and the Turkish Republic’s founding values of secularism and modernity as set out by its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk has contributed to national education for 131 years. Times change, trends change, and the processes of teaching and learning evolve according to the needs and conditions which emerge. The world is rapidly changing and transforming. There is a change in all areas with regard to accessing, using, transferring and producing information.
Education, which is the process of bringing about behavior change in an individual, should take its share from this rapid change and naturally be engaged in self-renewal, as the ways and the pace of access to information change the individual's expectation from education. Information is now everywhere. The task of a school is to educate individuals who can produce, not memorize, information. The aim is to develop the learner’s skills of understanding, analyzing and problem solving. Innovative and creative thinking develops versatile and critical thinking.
The most prominent feature of education today is that it is student-centered with the goal of helping each child recognize his or her own values and to prepare them to contribute to society through the lens of these values. Our institution has always kept, and will continue to keep, abreast of changes in new educational trends and programs.
Yet, there is an unchanging dimension in the understanding of education which normally and naturally lends itself to change: the maintenance and sustainment of social culture. The culture of a given society and its value judgements should be carried on to new generations through education. Taking responsibility for one’s learning and the use of various sources rather than being presented with ready and stereotyped knowledge, is one of the cores of this culture and this new understanding of education.
In this age of rapid consumption and change when there is not enough time anymore for anyone, the most basic foundation for the sense of success is our social culture and values. Our school has traditions. In an institution which internalizes essential human and global concepts such as knowledge, honesty, tolerance, citizenship and international mindedness, everyone needs to approach one another with respect and tolerance and maintain a climate of peace and solidarity. An individual who reflects, questions, thinks creatively and critically does not see themselves superior to others, does not judge or dominate others. They are egalitarian and participatory; they help and share. This spirit should be reflected in the most common situations of school life and the daily relationships it harbors. Only then can a real understanding of education be promoted.
A “real and strong education” reveals the talents of its students. Processing these talents to the benefit of both individual's own goals and the goals of the broader society will be the real success of such an educational process. I want to add, as a new member of this great family which, with its motto "Leaders for Turkey, Leadership for the World" has raised valuable learners, has contributed citizens for Turkey and the world for so many years, that our most important duty as educators is to be in harmony with these changing realities and the new educational trends at the maximum level. Mindful of this responsibility, we should continue to structure our school according to the requirements of modern education in a climate of peace and solidarity.
I wish everyone a happy and rewarding academic year!