Azerbaijan, Baku: Baku International School

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Date: 11/28/2011 Location: Baku Azerbaijan Description: Baku International School - State Dept Image

The Baku International School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an excellent program for prekindergarten (two years old) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1994 but dramatically expanded its program after moving to its new facility during the summer of 2003. The school year comprises three trimesters extending from August 25 until December 16, from January 90 until March 30, and from April 2 until June 21.

Organization: The School is governed by the board of Directors of Quality Schools International, the membership of which is formed and set forth in the Bylaws of Quality School International. An Advisory Board, which assists the School in its operation, is composed of 6 to 10 members residing in Baku and appointed jointly by the President of Quality Schools International and the Director of the Baku International School.

Curriculum: The School offers a performance-based educational program with a curriculum similar to that of U.S. public and private schools. The program of study is cooperatively written on a seven-year cycle of review by all Quality Schools International schools according to U.S. and European educational standards. Instruction leads to individual mastery of skills, concepts, and abilities; made possible by small class sizes and highly trained, certified teachers from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Instruction is in English for all subjects except in the foreign language lessons: French, Russian, Azeri and Turkish. Running parallel to the regular program of study is an intensive English program. Intensive English students are mainstreamed into regular classes on a subject-by-subject basis as they demonstrate their ability to succeed, often with the help of a teacher’s aid in the classroom. The School is accredited at all levels by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. An active student council and Parent Teacher Organization work with the faculty in providing dynamic after school activities for students of all ages, three days a week from 3:15-4:00 pm. Upper level classes for students twelve years old and older let out at 4:00 pm with upper-level sports practice twice a week for these students from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 44 faculty members, including teachers assistants, an intensive English coordinator, a computer network administrator, a librarian, a physical education teacher, 2 administrators, 1 counselor, and other part-time specialists for after school activities such as ballet and gymnastics. All homeroom teachers and middle/high school specialist teachers are accredited teachers from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom or New Zealand.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 173 students (age 2 year-secondary/high school graduation).

Facilities: The school is conveniently located near the Ganjlik district of Baku. The refurbished building is centrally heated/air-conditioned, and includes: purpose built 2, 3, and 4-year old centers with kitchenettes and low-profile restrooms, 12 elementary and upper level classrooms, a chemistry laboratory, a large computer laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated Internet connection, a large library with computerized checkout, an art center, a wrestling/gymnastics center, an indoor centralized courtyard for sport activities, an industrial kitchen and cafeteria, a 400 seat auditorium and administrative offices and faculty room. There is also a beautiful playground interspersed with flowers, gardens, trees and gazebos. Outdoor facilities include a playground a tree house complex in the forested area of the school, an outdoor jungle gym complex complete with cork screw and wave slides, 9 swings, a large sand box, an outdoor regulation size basketball court, a grassed playing field, and 2 gazebos. Security measures include a centralized fire alarm/intercom system for emergencies, generator backup, a high security wall, and an extensive playground under 24/7 guard duty.

Finances: The School’s income derives primarily from tuition. Annual tuition fees are as follows: PK (2-year old-4 year old) half-day: $6,000, 5 year old program - grade 12: $20,700 with up to $500 discounts available for early payment of school fees. A one-time registration fee of $300 is required of all students. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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