Welcome to Üsküdar American Academy,


I invite you to explore the wonderful world of UAA to learn about our traditions and history, our commitment to developing intellectual and personal character, the life of a UAA student, and the wonderful resources and opportunities our school offers.  As a parent interested in a school for your child, a student considering attending UAA, an educator considering teaching at our school or an alumnus interested in finding out what is happening at UAA, you have arrived at the right place.


The 2017-18 school year marks our 142nd anniversary celebration and there is much to celebrate:  


  • a history of outstanding student achievement and academic accomplishments
  • a vibrant student life full of exciting opportunities in Turkey and throughout the world
  • a university placement and graduation record second to none - our graduates attend top universities in Turkey, Europe, the United States, and throughout the world.


UAA prepares young men and women to become successful professionals, effective leaders and, most importantly, compassionate and responsible global citizens. At the core of our school’s success is the student-teacher relationship.  Our faculty takes great pride in building meaningful relationships wıth students. Our administration provides effective leadershıp and support for our school communıty.  Students acquire academic and life skills that will help them in university and life. They assume significant leadership positions in the public and private sectors of Turkey and throughout the world!


Üsküdar American Academy’s culture reflects the best that traditions have to offer along with a commitment to embracing an ever-changing world.  Our curriculum, co-currıcular, and extracurricular activities and our faculty are among the world’s best!  We have a wonderful and supportive parent community and Parent Association and a loyal alumni association. UAA is part of the Sağlık ve Eğitim Vakfı (SEV) or the Health and Education Foundation, a Turkish non-profit foundation.  This organization, governed by a supportive Board of Directors and Trustees, provides support and guidance.


In closing, once again, welcome to Üsküdar American Academy! I thank you for taking the time to read this introduction and invite you to explore our website.  Should you do so, I believe you will come to understand and appreciate why the UAA community is considered home and family to so many.  




Terrence Factor

Head of School




This web site has been prepared to present to you a cross-section of school life and the rich academic, sports and arts opportunities that are offered.


As you surf the site you will see that our mission is to ensure that our students, accepted according to their results in an exam administered nation-wide, are not only self-confident but develop responsibility for themselves, society and the environment . Our goal is to nurture students who individually are completely fluent in English, are life-long learners able to communicate effectively whilst living a life of quality and possessing all the necessary skills, attitudes and feelings of responsibility.

In order to achieve these goals and excellence in education, Üsküdar American Academy integrates the national curriculum with an international approach and fosters an individual who meets the criteria for acceptance to both national and overseas universities. In a world where competition increases rapidly with every passing day we are proud to see that our students are prepared for life, are confident, have developed leadership skills , are able to approach problems from different perspectives and produce solutions, have strong communication skills and are sociable.

Students who have won the right to study at our school are placed in the appropriate Prep class according to their results in the proficiency in English exam. Our students, who face an intensive academic program in the high school, not only receive instruction in English to a high level but also receive instruction in the second language program where they acquire a good level in German, French or Spanish. All classes, except for those in Turkish Language and Literature and Turkish social subjects, are conducted in English.

Our school offers a broad range of elective classes from which the students can choose according to their areas of interest. One of our greatest goals is to aid the development of a well-balanced individual who appreciates art, participates in sports and is mentally, physically and spiritually healthy. For this purpose, our students participate in and host a number of national and international competitions, exhibitions and events. Our school is a member of ISTA (International Schools’ Theater Association) and every year participates in the drama festivals. Üsküdar American Academy is the only official representative in Turkey of the Lahey International Model United Nations Conference. Each year over 500 hundred students participate in the conference actualized on an international platform to discuss world issues from which our students gain excellent experience. Also by participating in the French and German MUN conferences our students are presented with an opportunity to develop their second languages.

Some of the sports areas in which our students participate are; basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, swimming, badminton, table tennis, folk dancing, skiing, snowboarding and hockey. Our school has in excess of sixty national and international clubs and students are free to participate in more than one.

The Üsküdar American Academy is proud of the importance it gives to social service. Since the school’s foundation in 1876, this has always been one of our most important objectives. Whilst our students are working with students from other schools in Turkey they are not only helping them but developing their awareness of and sense of responsibility to society.

Our students have the chance to attend both national and overseas universities. Our college expert guidance counselors in cooperation with the Guidance department give great support to the students and their parents both during the exam process and when making choices. Those students who elect to study abroad receive support from our overseas college counselors. Every year, one third of our graduating students rank among the top 1000 students who took the Turkish university entrance exam. Likewise most of those electing to continue their education at universities overseas were not only accepted into distinguished universities but were also offered scholarships.

Our teachers and administrators participate in professional development programs to regenerate themselves. We work hard to bring advanced technology to the school so that our students may benefit from it and hence gaining a high level of education. We expect our students to be; hard workers, investigators and questioners who aim for the highest success, are aware of their personal and societal responsibilities and follow in the principles and transformations of Atatürk.

Welcome, all of you, to Üsküdar American Academy. In order to obtain more information about us please visit our web site regularly.

Yours sincerely,


Funda Cüceloğlu

School Principal