Quality Schools International – Baku International School (QSIB) is an independent, coeducational, day school, which offers an educational program for students from pre-kindergarten (two years old) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1994 and expanded its program after moving to its new facility during the summer of 2003. The 2020-2021 school year comprises three terms extending from August 20 until June 16.
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 Schools International. An advisory board, which assists the school in its operation, is composed of six to 10 members residing in Baku and appointed jointly by the president of Quality Schools International and the director of QSIB.
Curriculum: The school offers an outcomes-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 by a team of qualified teachers from Quality Schools International schools according to U.S. and European educational standards. Certified teachers from the United States and Canada provide differentiated, project-based instruction that leads students toward mastery of targeted skills and concepts. Instruction is in English, and foreign language options include Italian, French, Russian, and Turkish. Running parallel to the regular program of study is an intensive English program for students who need to learn academic English. Intensive English students are mainstreamed into regular classes, sometimes with the help of a teacher’s assistant in the classroom, as they demonstrate their ability to succeed. QSIB is accredited at all levels by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. An active student council and parent support group work with the faculty in providing dynamic after-school activities for students of all ages, five days a week. Competitive sports are offered throughout the year for students aged nine and up, including soccer, volleyball, cross-country, track and field, and basketball. Additionally, secondary students may participate in the National Honor Society and Model United Nations.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 43 faculty members, including homeroom teachers, teacher-assistants, a computer network administrator, a librarian, a physical education teacher, two administrators, a counselor, and other part-time specialists for after-school activities such as ballet, piano, karate, yoga, and gymnastics. All homeroom teachers and middle/high school specialist teachers are certified teachers from the U.S.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 170 students (three years old through grade 12).
Facilities: QSIB is conveniently located near the Ganjlik district of Baku. The school has gone through a complete remodeling with additional classrooms, science labs, computer labs, two-level library, separate lower elementary library, new security entry, central air and heat, an art center, a full-size gymnasium with basketball and volleyball facilities, an industrial kitchen and cafeteria, a two-level 600-seat auditorium, administrative offices, and a faculty room. Outdoor facilities include a covered preschool playground with artificial turf, outdoor jungle gym complex complete with corkscrew and wave slides on artificial turf, nine swings, and an all-season covered soccer pitch. 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: During the 2020-2021 school year, the school’s income derives primarily from tuition. Annual tuition fees are PK (full-day): $6,900; five-year-old program through grade 12: $23,400; and an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 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 quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and provided by the school.