The Tirana International School (TIS) is a private, nonprofit, preschool–grade 12, coeducational, American curriculum, college- preparatory institution. TIS was founded in 1991 to provide a quality education for expatriates living in Tirana. The school year comprises 3 trimesters extending from late August to the middle of June.
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 7 members who reside in Tirana and are appointed jointly by the president of Quality Schools International and the director of the Tirana International School, assists the school in its operation.
Curriculum: The school offers an outcomes-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. Several Advanced Placement courses are offered for secondary students. Instruction is in English with the opportunity to learn several other languages through the school’s foreign language program. Non-English-speaking students are enrolled in an intensive English-as-a-Second-Language Program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. TIS is a test center in Albania for the SAT. Tirana International School is a member of the Tirana Association of International Schools (TAIS) as well as the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA). These organizations provide athletic and activity opportunities for middle school and secondary students to compete both locally and internationally. TIS runs a robust after-school activity program for elementary students that includes music, sports, and special interest clubs.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 70 full-time .faculty members, including 30 U.S. citizens, 36 host-country nationals, and 4 third-country nationals. The school also has 1 part-time teacher, a social-emotional counselor who serves students at all age levels, and a university counselor.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 340 (grades PK-12).
Facilities: TIS occupies a purpose-built facility located on a 5.5-hectare campus at the edge of the city, between a high-end residential area and agricultural forestland. It holds a full-size gymnasium, cafeteria/auditorium with stage, modern science lab, large classrooms, and ample spaces for the arts. The school supports internet connection throughout for guests and students. Outside, there are 3 playgrounds and a sports complex that contains soccer pitch, track, tennis court, exercise room, and multipurpose court.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, the school’s income derives from tuition and from a U.S. State Department grant. Annual tuition rates are as follows: preschool (ages 3 and 4): $4,100; and grades K-12: $21,100. The school also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 and a registration fee of $300. No capital fund fee or deposit is collected for the preschool. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.