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|About||Bilkent Laboratory & International School (BLIS), formerly Bilkent University Preparatory School (BUPS) and Bilkent International School (BIS)|
|Mission||Bilkent Laboratory & International School (BLIS) offers students an educational program of the highest national and international academic standard. The educational activities of the school aim to foster the development of ethical values and behavior leading to exemplary citizenship in the community, nation and world. The curriculum promotes academic, aesthetic, physical and social growth encouraging the students to inquire independently, evaluate and acquire knowledge critically and respect diversity. As a result, we anticipate exceptionally high performance from our students in the university and beyond...|
The Bilkent Laboratory & International School has an interesting history.
In March 1993, the Bilkent University Preparatory School was founded as a the Bilkent Universitesi Hazirlik Okulu and became known simply as BUPS.
The school was created to promote academic, aesthetic, physical and social growth. It recognized the individual abilities, interests and talents of each child. Students were encouraged to question ideas and search for knowledge. BUPS fostered critical and independent thinking and creativity. Students were prepared for success in leading universities throughout the world.
When BUPS opened in September 1993 there were only 43 students in a preparatory class and Grades 6, 7 and 8. In the same year, the PreSchool opened with 32 students as part of the Psychology Department of Bilkent University.
In 1994, when the school expanded to include Grade 9, it was approved by the University of Cambridge International Examinations to offer the IGCSE program and courses.
In 1996, BUPS officially became Section B of a preparatory school for the Music Faculty of Bilkent University. Its new official name was Bilkent Universitesi Muzik ve Sahne Sanatlari Fakultesi Muzik Hazirlik Okulu. In that same year, the International Baccalaureate organization authorized BUPS to offer the IB Diploma Program to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
The first high school students graduated in June 1998.
In September 1998, the school added Grades 1-5, joining the preSchool with the middle and high schools to create a PreK - 12 school. To better serve the educational needs of the international community, the Bilkent International School opened in September 1999, and BUPS/BIS was created. Turkish and international students were enrolled in BUPS from PreK through Grade 5, but from Grade 6 onwards, international students were enrolled in BIS and Turkish student