The QSI International School of Bishkek (QSIB) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from ages two to 18 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1994. The 2020-2021 school year comprises three terms extending from September 3 to December 18, from January 11 to March 20, and from April 2 to June 18.
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 four to 10 members who reside in Bishkek, assists the school in its operation.
Curriculum: QSIB offers a performance-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. Instruction is in English. Courses include English, reading and literature, mathematics, cultural studies, science, computer literacy, art, music, physical education, and second languages such as Russian, Kyrgyz, and French. An extracurricular program is also in place for after-school activities. Secondary students can participate in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and cross-country tournaments with local schools and QSI schools in Kazakhstan. Many other outside activities are provided.
Faculty: For the 2020-2021 school year, there are 17 full-time teachers, 3 part-time teachers, and 3 paraprofessionals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 60 students. (PK: 4; K-grade 5; 20: grades 6-8: 18; and grades 9-12: 18).
Facilities: The school moved into a newly renovated building in 2020. The building includes 10 classrooms, two computer labs, a library, a music room, an art room, a science room, two intensive English rooms, two foreign language rooms, a cafeteria, and sufficient classroom space for the preschool through secondary programs. The site also includes a covered outdoor basketball court, a new indoor gym, a new outside artificial turf soccer field, and two well-equipped playgrounds.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: ages 2-4: $3,000 for part time and $5,300 for full time; ages 5-18: Non-Corporation/Non-Embassy Sponsored: $16.400, and Corporation/Embassy Sponsored: $23,400 per school year. The school also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 per student for ages five through Secondary IV and a registration fee of $300 for all new students. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and provided by the school.