QSI International School of Skopje is a private, coeducational day school that opened in September 1996 and offers a high-quality, American-style, college-preparatory education in the English language from preschool through grade 12. QSI Skopje is a member of Quality Schools International, a nonprofit educational organization with 35 schools in 29 countries. The school’s educational philosophy, which includes a personalized approach to instruction, leads to teaching for mastery to ensure success for all students in a positive learning environment. QSI believes in the success of all students and uses time as a resource for learning. QSI teachers create the conditions for student success, with the goal of fostering the love of learning for a lifetime. The school year is divided into three terms extending from late August to the middle of June.
Organization: The school is governed by the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International. An advisory board assists the school in its operation. QSI Skopje is accredited as a K-12 school by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the US and by the Macedonian Ministry of Education. It is also a testing center for College Board Exams (PSAT, SAT, AP), NWEA MAP Tests, and IGCSE exams.
Curriculum: QSI Skopje provides an outcomes-based educational program with a curriculum like that of U.S. public and private schools. Individualized instruction leads to mastery of concepts and takes advantage of small class sizes as well as the diverse educational backgrounds of the students. The school follows the QSI international curriculum, which is under a seven-year cycle of revision and improvement. Details can be found at the following link: www.qsi.org/academic-program/curriculum. German, French, Macedonian, and Spanish are taught as foreign language courses starting in elementary school. The school offers the College Board AP program and is an approved AP Capstone Diploma school. The school currently offers the following AP courses on campus: AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP Seminar, AP Research, AP Biology, AP Physics, and AP Psychology. All other AP courses are offered by QSI’s online school, QVS. Each year, the on-campus offerings for AP courses change based on student interest. QSI Skopje is a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) providing athletic and activity opportunities for middle and secondary students to compete both locally and internationally. QSI Skopje offers a robust after-school activity program for all students.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, QSIS has 38 total staff including 25 teachers. The school has a U.S. citizen administrator and a U.S. citizen social-emotional and university counselor. All homeroom and core subject-area courses are taught by certified educators from the U.S. and UK. Teaching assistants, foreign language and fine arts teachers are highly qualified teachers from the host country. QSI Skopje has a highly qualified educational therapist who leads the Center for Exceptional Education to support the learning needs of students with mild exceptionalities.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 118 (PS-12).
Facilities: The school relocated to its current facility in April 2013. The facility is a spacious 1,500 square-meter building that includes 14 classrooms, a music studio room, an art room, a library, a science lab, a gymnasium with a rock-climbing wall, a lunchroom, and a 6,500-square meter outdoor area with two large grass playgrounds, a basketball/volleyball court, and an ecological community garden.
Finances: The 2021-2022 school year annual tuition rates are as follows: preschool (half-day) $4,000; preschool (full-day) $5,300; and grades K-12: $20,600. The school also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 per student from kindergarten to grade 12 and a registration fee of $300. The school offers school bus transportation at a cost of $2,250 for the year. The school has a cafeteria and offers a catered lunch program for an additional cost of $5 per school day. (All fees are payable in U.S. dollars.)
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