Montenegro, Podgorica: International School of Montenegro

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The QSI International School of Montenegro (QSIM) is an international coeducational day school that enrolls students from around the world. It is a private non-profit institution, which opened in January of 2006. It offers quality education in the English language for students from three to eighteen years of age. The school's educational philosophy, which includes a personalized approach to instruction, leads to teaching for mastery. QSI believes in success for all students. QSI teachers create a positive learning environment, which promotes greater learning and enjoyable learning experiences.

Organization: Quality Schools International, a non-profit entity that operates more than 35 schools around the world, supports QSIM. QSIM is a candidate for accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It expects to complete the initial accreditation by 2013. QSIM is a test center for Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and Advance Placement (AP) tests. The school is a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA).

Educational Program:

  • Students enrolled in 3 & 4 year-old program engage in a variety of play-related and hands-on experiences designed to develop learning readiness, physical coordination and development, and the social skills necessary to be successful in a classroom setting. Families have the option of sending their children to the morning program or full day program.
  • Elementary school students take a full program of mathematics, reading and language arts, science, cultural studies, art, music, physical education, and drama. Computer usage is integrated with the curriculum at all levels. Montenegrin is offered as a foreign language. French is offered as a foreign language to the 9 and 10 year-old students.
  • Middle school students also take a full program of mathematics, reading and language arts, science, cultural studies, art, music, physical education, and drama. Computer usage is integrated with the curriculum. Montenegrin and French are offered as foreign languages.
  • QSIM has a small, but growing Secondary program. Secondary students engage in regular classes with faculty, as well as some online course work. The school offers three diplomas – the General Diploma, the Academic Diploma, and the Academic With Honors Diploma.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year there are 15 faculty members, 2 administrators, 1 learning specialist, and 4 support staff.

Enrollment: There were 66 students enrolled at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Of those, 10 are enrolled in the early education program (ages 3 & 4), 40 in the elementary school (ages 5 to 10), 12 in the middle school (ages 11 to 13), and 4 in the high school (ages 14 to 18).

Facilities: QSIM moved into its present facility in August 2009. The school is conveniently located in suburban Zabjelo, about a 10-minute drive south of the Podgorica city center. In addition to classrooms, the facility includes: administrative offices, a kitchen and lunchroom, an outdoor soccer/playing field, and an outdoor playground.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 95% of the school's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $6,000 (morning only) and $8,100 (full day); grades K-12: $16,700. In addition to tuition, there is an annual $1600 Capital Fund Fee for students enrolled in K-12 classes. Fees are quoted and payable in US dollars.

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