Isik College still sets the standard

Top of the class: Mehmet Koca is delighted with his school’s great results. Picture: Matthew FurneauxCREATING a “strong atmosphere for achievement” has underpinned another badge of honour for Isik College in Broadmeadows.

On Track data, compiled by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, revealed last week the school ranked second in the state for sending students on to university after finishing their VCE.

The study found 93 per cent of its 57 VCE graduates enrolled in bachelor degrees this year, just 1 per cent behind the top-ranked Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Burwood.

Isik College principal Mehmet Koca said it was almost a case of three from five, after the school came first in 2006 and ’07.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to see our school come second in Victoria,” he said.

“As a school our focus has been on academic results, and our teachers have done very well motivating their students. They believe they can do well; the students learn they can succeed through effort.”

While the school has focused chiefly on mathematics and science in the past, Mr Koca says there has been a rapid improvement in results in English in past few years.

“There’s been a pleasing shift towards good results in English; our scores weren’t too strong in the past,” he said.

“One of our students last year, Masad Alsayadh, got a perfect score of 50 out of 50 in English.”