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1. Semester: September – December (14 Weeks)

2. Semester: February – May (14 Weeks)


ATA-Houston Turkish Language School is a non-profit institution operating under ATA-Houston that aims to help our students to be individuals with pluralistic values, respectful of different cultures and democratic values, in the guidance of Atatürk’s principles and reforms.

Its primary aim is to teach the values of Turkish culture and the Turkish language to the students and to contribute to raising world citizens who respect individual differences.

Program Information

We’re excited for all children between the ages of 5 and 13 to join us at the ATA-Houston Turkish Language School every Saturday between 10:00am and 12:00pm.
ATA-Houston Turkish Language School curriculum is based on a communicative approach. The learning engagements are designed around three aspects of language learning:
  • Learn the language
  • Learn about the language
  • Learn through the language
Thus, students will not only learn Turkish, but they will also learn about Turkish cultural heritage in a creative and fun way. In addition, students will be provided developmentally appropriate opportunities with using the language in different disciplines that reflect into their daily lives. We will celebrate our kids in May 2022 with an end of the year performance.

Before the semester starts, all students will go through an assessment to identify their Turkish language levels. In addition to this, parents will fill out a questionnaire about their student/s personality as a learner and Turkish language skills.


Ages 5 – 7 | Ages 8 – 10 | Ages 11 – 13
The classes will open when we reach the minimum class size of 5 students.
Regular attendance is necessary for a successful Turkish Language School experience. Students who did not attend three or more classes in each semester may lose their spot.

Our Team

Ozlem Madi-Sisman
School Director
Dr. Ozlem Madi-Sisman is the director of ATA Houston Turkish School. Currently she is serving as a profesor in the department of political science and Director of International Affairs Intership Program and Center for International and Comparative Studies at the University of Houston.

Dr. Madi-Sisman is bringing her copious international administrative and teaching experience that she gained in various institutions in different countries in last twenty years to ATA Houston Turkish School. At the institution, she is in charge of administration, curriculum, teacher hiring, student enrollment and public relations.
Ozden Ozkanoglu
Ozden Ozkanoglu
Academic Coordinator
Dr. Ozkanoglu received her doctorate from the Middle East Technical University Department of Education with a focus on differentiation and curriculum development. She is a certified IB school visitor and workshop leader in the Americas Region of the International Baccalaureate.
Dr. Ozkanoglu is a faculty member of an independent school in Houston, an educational consultant working with schools and organizations, and an author of books for young children and teachers. She is a play advocate and runs a forest school group for children ages 2 to 9 in Houston.
As the academic coordinator of the ATA Houston Turkish Language School, she supports the school in curriculum design, planning, assessment, and teacher training.


Our pre-registrations for the 2021-2022 Education and Academic Year have started and you can click here for registration and payment.
FeesATA-Houston MembersNon-Members
Annual Registration Fee$25$35
First Semester (12 weeks)$150 $135$170
Second Semester (14 weeks)$150$170
For member registrations before end of June, first semester fee will be 10% discounted!
To apply the member discount, please enter email address associated with your ATA-Houston account as the promo code on the Eventbrite checkout screen.
Please note, payments are due by registration.

The registration and semester fee will be returned if the class will not open due to the number of students/teachers. If you cancel your registration at least 30 days before the school start, you will get a 50% refund of the semester fee, registration fee is non-refundable.


To enroll your kids in the Turkish Language School for Fall 2021 semester, CLICK HERE


If you are interested in teaching at ATA-Houston Turkish Language School and have a teaching degree, please send your resume and a cover letter to: