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ATA-DC Atatürk Children's School Is Now Enrolling for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Classes begin Sunday, September 18, 2016!

For over thirty years the American-Turkish Association of Washington, DC has offered children's Turkish language and culture classes through its Atatürk School. Children learn in a fun, yet structured, environment. In addition to learning about Turkey and the Turkish language, children are able to socialize with other Turkish-American children and further develop their language skills. The School holds celebrations of Turkish holidays, and a special event with student performances for 23 Nisan, National Sovereignty and Children's Day.

Classes are held Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM from September 18, 2016 to May 28, 2017. All classes will be held at Elementary School, 1753 Kirby Road, McLean, Virginia, 22101. Please park at the rear of the school and enter at the back door. Follow the signs on the first day of class.

Please see the registration form, below, for tuition information and the full calendar, including holidays and special events. Tuition is offered at a discount for members of ATA-DC. Tuition may be paid by check on the first day of class, or by PayPal below.

Please direct questions to ATA-DC Children's School administrators Sadık Tanyeri Akkuş and Mrs. Şükriye Akkuş at


Sadık Tanyeri Akkuş is a veteran educator with over 35 years of experience including as principal of Turkey's leading high school, Istanbul Erkek. He received his B.A. in Foreign Languages Education from Marmara University in Istanbul. He spent the first part of his career in the public education system. He was the founding principal of Burak Bora Anatolian High School—a foreign language immersion school. In 2004, he retired from Istanbul Erkek High School and spent the second half of his career in private education (e.g., VP of MEF Schools, Director of Kültür High & Science School). Eventually, he retired in 2014, and shortly after that moved to the U.S. with his wife to be closer to his children.

His professional philosophy has always been individualized attention to students and their learning needs. He is excited to be joining the Atatürk School community where he can get to know each and every student as well as their families, and foster a supportive learning environment for them.

Şükriye Akkuş has dedicated most of her professional life to adult language education. She received her B.A. in Foreign Languages Education from Marmara University in Istanbul. For over 11 years, she worked at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Maritime School as an English for Specific Purposes instructor. After retiring from ITU, she joined Maltepe University Foreign Languages department and worked there for another 11 years. During her professional life, she received numerous distinguished service awards both from the Turkish Ministry of Education and from the ITU Maritime School Board. In 2015, she moved to the U.S. with her husband to be closer to their first granddaughter. Şükriye quickly discovered a wonderful Turkish community in the Washington DC area and joined the board of the Washington Turkish Women’s Association to work with this community and give something back to Turkish children in need.

Despite her official retirement, she considers herself a forever educator (as her kids can attest!). She is looking forward to working with the ATA-DC team to both teach the Turkish language and share the rich Turkish traditions with students interested in Turkey.
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