The mission of the Berkeley Turkish School is to inspire the children of the Turkish American community and their ability to understand, speak, read, and write Turkish. In addition, the students learn about their cultural heritage through creative play, songs, traditions, geography, history, and literature.
Our intent is to create an environment where our school enhances our students' self-confidence and provides a setting that encourages forming of new friendships with other Turkish speaking children.
We are a volunteer based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public charity and expect parents to be actively involved and volunteer their time during the weekend classes.
Our approach to early childhood education is a well-integrated activity that allows children to feel a sense of belonging to their community.
We believe that schooling is not an isolated activity but rather an integrated one that allows children to thrive in their local community where in return, the community is engaged and invested in their success. We believe in the importance of creative play, along with engaging teachers and parents so that we can provide each child a setting that allows them make sense of the world in their own way as they interpret and evolve.
The East Bay Turkish American Group Potlucks were started in 2013 by Başak Altan. These informal but important park gatherings allowed our community members to meet and form stronger bonds. As a result of these fun meetings, the interest and the need for a more formal structure where our children can practice Turkish became clear. This is why we have started in a path to set up a Berkeley Turkish School. Currently we are a volunteer based community school that values democracy and secular education.
The Turkish School in Berkeley is a volunteer based organization that does not discriminate against applicants, students, or faculty on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin. Berkeley Turkish School is a public charity with 501 (c) (3) status.
We believe that secular and democratic education ensures public sovereignty and rationality. In our curriculum and in our school's diverse activities we celebrate Atatürk, the founder of Modern Turkey, and his legacy in meaningful ways that connect our children to their Turkish history.
Our future goals:
Find permanent location for our classrooms
Increase the number of our Teacher training and Leadership workshops
Increase the number of our parent workshops and seminars
Hold more community fundraising events
Expand our service base to the growing needs of our community such as summer camps and after-school programs
Expand our Turkish tutor base that provide a consistent source of learning for progress
If you or someone you know would like to help us in achieving our goals and initiatives, please contact us. We would like to hear from you.