The QSI International School of Sarajevo was opened in September 1997 and is an independent, nonprofit coeducational day school which offers an educational program from preschool (3 and 4-year-old class) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The QSIS was founded in 1997. The school year comprises 3 terms, extending from August to December, from January to March, and from April to 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 parent members who reside in Sarajevo, assists the School in its operation. The School operates with the approval of the government of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Curriculum: The School offers an outcome-based educational program; the curriculum based on U.S. national standards, with the addition of foreign language beginning at the 5 year old level. Instruction, leading to individual mastery, takes advantage of small class sizes and the diverse educational backgrounds of the students. Instruction is in English. Bosnian, German, and French are taught as of foreign languages. Music, art, physical education, library and IT are also part of the required curriculum. In addition, AP courses are being offered in a variety of subject areas such as Calculus, Biology, and World History. Additional AP courses will be offered during the 2011-2012 school year in foreign language and literature/composition. Approximately 99% of seniors plan to attend a 4-year university. QSIS is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 26 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members, a director and a director of instruction. All classroom teachers are native English speakers with the exception of the 3-4 year old teachers. 15 host-country nationals are employed to support the classroom teachers and teach special subjects such as music, IT and PE.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 140 (PS-grade12). QSIS represents 23 different nationalities.
Facilities: The School rents a fully renovated Bosnian School, 7 kilometers west of the main city center in Sarajevo. There are 19 classrooms, an office suite, 2 computer labs, a science lab, a library, a spacious multi purpose room, sports fields and a playground. Physical education classes are held on the outside basketball court, football field, and multi-purpose room.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year the annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $6,000; and Kdg-grade-12: $15,700. QSIS also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 per student in grades K-12 only and a registration fee of $300 for all students. Busing is available at an additional fee to and from most areas of the city. The buses have seatbelts and a monitor rides the bus at all times. Hot lunch is available for an additional fee; students may choose to bring their lunch from home or buy a lunch. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All above fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)