The QSI International School of Kosovo is the U.S. Department of State sponsored school in Kosovo. They are a coeducational day school that enrolls students from around the world. It is a private nonprofit institution, which opened in August 2015. It offers quality education in the English language for students from 3 to 18 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 and QSI teachers create a positive learning environment, which promotes greater learning and enjoyable learning experiences. QSI Kosovo has the distinction of being the only international school in Kosovo with U.S. content area certified teachers for its core curriculum.
Organization: Quality Schools International (QSI) was founded in 1971, and is a registered nonprofit entity that operates 38 schools in 32 countries. QSI Kosovo is in its fourth year of operation, and is proud to have gained its Kosovar licensure as an official school this year.
Curriculum: Students enrolled in the 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 and middle 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. French and German are offered as a foreign language to all students. QSI Kosovo has a small, but growing secondary program. In addition to our campus-based program, secondary students have a wide option of courses via the QSI virtual high school. The school offers 3 diplomas–the general diploma, the academic diploma, and the academic with honors diploma.
Faculty: In the 2018-2019 school year, there are 17 educators and 6 members of the staff.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, enrollment was 42 students, with 4 enrolled in the early education program (ages 3-4), 19 in the elementary school (ages 5-10), 11 in the middle school (ages 11-13), and 8 in the high school (ages 14-18).
Facilities: QSI Kosovo currently is housed in 2 three-story houses with 2 multipurpose rooms for dining, assemblies, and inclement weather conditions. The school is located in the area of Pristina known as Dragodon and is directly next to the U.S. Embassy until they move into their new facilities. The large greenspace has fruit trees, and a student garden; which chef Berisha tries to use when in season. An onsite lunch program provides preparation of morning-snacks and lunches. The school has separate classrooms for art and music, a computer lab with 14 laptops for students and 15 iPad Airs for student use. The playground has slides, swings, and climbing equipment. The school office is located in a lower level next to the street and has full coverage security cameras to ensure the safety of our students as well as a security guard during school hours.
Finances: In the 2018-2019 school year the school’s income is derived primarily from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK (morning only): $2,700; PK (full-day): $3,200; and grades K-12: $21,800. An annual $1,600 capital fund fee for students enrolled in kindergarten-grade 12 is in addition to the regular fees. There is also a one-time $300 registration fee. (Fees are quoted and payable in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2018 and are provided by the school.