The QSI International School of Bratislava (QSIB) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from age two and a half (early childhood program) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1994. The school year is divided into three terms extending from late August to mid-December, from early January to late March, and from early April to mid-June. Students receive status reports (report cards) five times during the school year.
Organization: The school is governed by the Board of Directors and Bylaws of Quality Schools International, a consortium of over 35 schools in Europe, Asia, South America Africa, and the Middle East. An advisory board, composed of six to 10 members who reside in Bratislava, assists the school in its operation. The school operates with the approval of the Slovakian Ministry of Education.
Curriculum: The school offers a mastery educational program with a curriculum similar to that of U.S. public and private schools as well as competitive international schools. Instruction is in English. The school believes that all students can be successful. In addition to a rigorous academic program, the curriculum includes physical education, art, music, technology, and drama. German, Slovak, Spanish, Korean, and French are taught as foreign languages. Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma are available for secondary school students. In addition, the school seeks to provide students with an appreciation of the rich culture and history of Slovakia. Extracurricular activities are offered for students of all ages, including an interscholastic sports program for students ages 11-18. The school participates in the cultural, sports, and professional development activities of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association and the Danube Valley Athletic Conference. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and the College Board for the Advanced Placement (AP) program. QSIB is recognized by the Slovakian Ministry of Education and is an official SAT and College Board Test Center.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, QSIB has 77 total staff including 61 teachers. Our faculty and staff represent 10 nationalities (US, UK, French, Serbia, Greece, Spain, Ecuador, the Philippines, South African, and Belgium.) All teaching faculty maintain a teaching certificate/credential (e.g., Diploma of Teaching/registered Teachers certificate from their countries of origin.)
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 288 students.
Facilities: The school campuses are pleasantly situated in the quaint village of Samorin (less than 20km from the outskirts of Bratislava) with expansive natural green spaces. The brand new state-of-the-art preschool, kindergarten, elementary & middle school facility (opened in January 2018) is a large two-story complex, which has 35 classrooms, a library (over 10,000 titles), a computer laboratory, a gymnasium, an atrium, several outdoor playgrounds, a full-court outdoor basketball court, an artificial grass mini pitch for soccer, a parent work space, and several offices. The new (August 2019) secondary school campus at the X-bionic Sphere Resort provides the upper school students and teachers with 26 additional classrooms, offices, laboratories, and libraries. There is also immediate access to indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness facility, dance/exercise rooms, track & field, three full soccer pitches, multipurpose playgrounds, and a movie cinema. QSIB provides full security for its students, teachers, staff, and visitors with guards, an advanced key card system, and an elaborate security camera network. Free shuttle buses to/from the campus are available from different locations in and around Bratislava.
Finances: In the 2021-2022 school year, 96% of the school’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $7,400; and K-12: $26,200, with a capital funds fee of $1,600 per student. There is a $300 non-refundable registration fee. These fees are payable in Euros. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Slovakia, Bratislava) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and are provided by the school.