The Tirana International School (TIS) is a private, non-profit Preschool – Grade 12 co-educational, American curriculum, college preparatory institution. TIS was founded in 1991 in order to provide a quality education for expatriates living in Tirana. The school year comprises 3 trimesters extending from late August to the middle of June.
Organization: The School is governed by the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International, the membership of which is formed as set forth in the Bylaws of Quality Schools International. An Advisory Board, composed of 6 members who reside in Tirana and are appointed jointly by the president of Quality Schools International and the director of the Tirana International School, assists the School in its operation.
Curriculum: The School offers an outcome-based educational program with a curriculum similar to that of U.S. public and private schools. Instruction, leading to individual mastery, takes advantage of small class sizes and the diverse educational backgrounds of the students. Several Advanced Placement courses are offered for secondary students. Instruction is in English. Non-English-speaking students are enrolled in an intensive English-as-a-Second-Language Program. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. TIS is the test center in Albania for the SAT.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 28 full-time and 7 part-time teaching faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 140 (grades PK-12).
Facilities: The School is located in converted residences inside a residential compound. The 3-8 year old classes each have its own small villa. The Middle School and Secondary students each have their own separate buildings. At the center of the campus is the media building, with library and computer labs above the cafeteria. The school has an assembly hall with stage for plays and musical productions, two art rooms, a music room, a workshop, and science lab. The two computer labs and remote access points total 67 networked computers. The library has a collection of more than 8,000 titles.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: Pre-school (ages 3 and 4): $5,600; and Kdg-grade 12: $15,700. The School also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 and a registration fee of $300. No capital fund fee or deposit is collected for the pre-school. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)