High School Curriculum

High School (Grade 9-12)

Keystone schools in Istanbul and Toronto collaborate to offer our High School Students the option of obtaining a Canadian High School Diploma. By 9th grade, our High School students have the opportunity to register for courses at our Keystone Toronto School. They may complete the assignments and take the exams for these courses in Istanbul. If the courses are completed successfully and other necessary requirements for graduation are met, students obtain a Canadian High School diploma.

This will allow our students to apply to Canadian Universities in the same way as a Canadian student, allowing them easier access to the world’s third most successful educational system

‘Up to Grade 12, we offer a broad programme that caters to the varied interests and skills of our students. Students all take core courses in Mathematics, English, French, History, Geography, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, as well as applied courses.

High school students are provided with the necessary knowledge and skills to choose and apply for universities through college counseling and preparation for international standardized exams, such as IELTS and SAT.


The aim of Social Science and Humanities in High School is to support high-quality learning while giving individual students the opportunity to choose programs that suit their skills and interests. World History and Geography and Philosophy courses provide opportunities to students to be critically literate in order to synthesize information, make informed decisions, communicate effectively, and thrive in an ever-changing global community.
The curriculum recognizes that the needs of learners are diverse, and helps all learners develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to be informed, productive, caring, responsible, healthy, and active citizens in their own communities and in the world.

Our Curriculum aims to give a flavour to students from every culture throughout human history from a multicultural perspective and by approaching through historical empathy while also being able to analyse primary and secondary sources, and having media literacy.

Keystone High School Math Curriculum is designed to prepare our students for the post secondary destinations by building a solid conceptual foundation in mathematics that will enable them to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways and further their learning successfully.

As Keystone International Schools Math Department, we encourage students to,

–  Develop strategies and processes  that facilitate learning and understanding in Math

–  Focus on the process rather than the procedures/calculations in problem solving.

–  Be flexible thinkers to cope with different conditions provided in a task.

The topics taught are enriched with technology and in class activities. Starting from grade 9, TI-84 plus and TI-NSpire CX graphing display calculators are powerful tools that students use to understand the new concepts and to check their assumptions.

Courses we offer in High School are: 

Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic (MPM1D)

This course enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to algebra, analytic geometry, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will investigate relationships, which they will then generalize as equations of lines, and will determine the connections between different representations of a linear relation. They will also explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes. 

Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic (MPM2D)

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relationships and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will explore quadratic relations and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; verify properties of geometric figures using analytic geometry; and investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles. 

Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation (MCR3U)

This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. 

Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University Preparation (MHF4U)

This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.

Calculus and Vectors, Grade 12, University Preparation (MCV4U)

This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modeling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.

Mathematics of Data Management, Grade 12, University Preparation (MDM4U)

This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analyzing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

The Science Department’s goal is developing students’ creativity, research-inquiry skills and sensitivity to surroundings in addition to teaching students how to access information in the changing world and Turkey.

Projects enable students to follow international activities and to have a broader perspective.

The Science Department consists of some sub-departments; Physics, Chemistry, Biology. Our aim is to ensure that students experience and learn from laboratory work in almost all lessons. 

In order for each student to fulfill her potential in science, the following objectives have been implemented in Keystone International Schools’ Science Department:

  • To offer courses tailored to various academic abilities. In doing so, we assist students in developing knowledge of facts, terminology, concepts, and principles to confront and interpret their world.
  • To develop students’ abilities to use laboratory equipment and technology in an appropriate and safe manner, along with the ability to measure, organize, and communicate scientific information.

Courses we offer in High School are: 

Science, Grade 9, Academic ( SNC1D)

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity. 

Science, Grade 10, Academic ( SNC2D)

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter. 

Physics, Grade 11, Academic (SPH3U) 

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment. 

Physics, Grade 12, Academic (SPH4U) 

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment. 

Chemistry, Grade 11, Academic (SCH3U) 

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment. 

Chemistry, Grade 12, Academic (SCH4U) 

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment. 

Biology, Grade 11, Academic (SBI3U) 

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation. 

Biology, Grade 12, Academic (SBI4U) 

This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields. 

The English curriculum is based on the belief that language learning is critical to responsible and productive citizenship, and that all students can become successful language learners. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that they need to achieve this goal. It aims to help students become successful language learners.
The English curriculum takes into account that students in Keystone International School come from a wide variety of backgrounds and that every student has a unique set of perspectives, strengths, and needs. Instructional strategies and resources that recognize and reflect the diversity in the classroom and that suit individual strengths and needs are therefore critical to student success. Reading activities expose students to materials that reflect the diversity of world cultures. Students also become familiar with the works of recognized writers from their own and earlier eras. By reading a wide range of materials and being challenged by what they read, students become receptive to new and widely varying ideas and perspectives, and develop their ability to think independently and critically.

Branch Lessons

The Health and Physical Education program is designed to follow smoothly from the elementary health and physical education program. The emphasis of the course is on providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices today and lead healthy active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical activities, they develop knowledge and skills related to movement competence and personal fitness that provide a foundation for active living. They also acquire an understanding of the factors and skills that contribute to healthy development and learn how their own choices and behaviours, as well as various factors in the world around them, affect their own and others’ health and well-being. Through the HALE courses, students build a stronger sense of themselves, learn to interact positively with others, and develop their ability to think critically and creatively.

The computer studies program builds a strong foundation for those who wish to move on to further study and training in specialized areas such as computer programming, database analysis, computer science, education, computer engineering, software engineering, information technology, and game development.

The Goals of the Computer Studies Program

The fundamental purpose of the computer studies program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, postsecondary education or training, and daily life.

The goals of the computer studies curriculum are to enable students to:
•Gain an understanding of computer studies concepts;
•Develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and the knowledge of strategies required to do research, conduct inquiries, and communicate findings accurately, ethically, and effectively;
•Apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through the study of computers to a variety of learning tasks and relate them to computer phenomena on the local, national, and global levels;
•Develop lifelong learning habits that will help them adapt to computer advances in the changing workplace and world;
•Make connections that will help them take advantage of potential postsecondary educational and work opportunities.

The course is intended to help students build on the knowledge and skills they have developed in arts courses in the previous years. The Visual Arts course for the first two years of secondary school are designed to appeal to students’ interests and imagination, and provide a basis for more intensive and specialized study. In all arts subjects in Grades 11 and 12, emphasis is placed on acquiring more advanced skills and applying them in more complex ways. An important aim of the Visual Arts courses is to help students understand the world in which they live and to help them make choices that will both enrich their lives and prepare them for a variety of careers. To this end, course content is designed to encourage students to understand the connections between what they are doing at Keystone International High School and what is required in a broad range of university and college programs and the world of work.

The primary goal of French programs in Keystone International Schools is to increase, within realistic and well-defined parameters, a student’s ability to use French effectively. The program enables students to better understand the stages of language learning and the use of language learning strategies in order to become competent second-language learners. The program emphasizes the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the use of a contextual approach and a variety of authentic resources.

French must is the language of communication in class, so that students develop the ability to interact effectively. Also, learning activities include a balance of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and strategies, which are be taught in contexts that reflect students’ interests so that they can apply their knowledge of French in authentic situations that are meaningful to them.

KIS Life

At Keystone Schools we invite universities to our school to present themselves to our students starting in grade 8. We feel that his helps to not only give information to our students but motivate them towards a more specific goal when it comes to higher education. We have had the honor of hosting McGill University, University of British Columbia, Sabanci University, and Koc University to name a few. These visits present a great opportunity for students to ask questions about various university’s unique academic and extracurricular offerings, the entrance requirements, the location, and much more.

While Keystone Schools promotes and encourages community service throughout the school starting in primary school. All high school students (Grades 9-12) are required to complete 40 hours of community service as a graduation requirement. This requirement helps students increase their awareness of civic responsibility within the community. The community service component compliments what is being done both academically and socially in Keystone. The choice of community service program will be completed in consultation with the school administration and academic team in order to insure that the experience has the maximum positive impact on the student and the community.

All of our school trips are created to ensure that our students learn as much as possible while creating life-long memories. Our wide variety of subject-specific school trips are created with educational needs and learning outcome requirements in mind.

Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. The purpose of the MUN club is to help students develop their academic profile through practicing their soft skills and expanding their knowledge about the world and how it works in a political context.

School Spirit Days days strengthen a feeling of self-confidence and acknowledgment for students. These mindsets are necessary in forming a positive learning environment for children. This helps make the school environment more joyful, but but moreover it contributes to the success of each child.

A monthly Dear DAYS(Drop Everything and Read) provides students and teachers with much more than a just-sit-there-and-read involvement for one class period. It gives the teacher an organized time to touch base with each student in a structured way, to assess progress, and target future instruction. Most importantly, it gives children time to read what they are interested in, share what they’ve read, and support further reading and investigation.

We also became part of the student and teacher exchange programs by starting to accept students from different countries to our school within the exchange program.
With the membership of Round Square, we have become more active in social responsibility projects. Within this framework Keystone has started to work with the Students Autism Foundation Seed, Koruncuk Foundation, LOSEV, and Turkish Spinal Cord Foundation.