QSI International School of Malta Offers a Well Rounded Education
Success Oriented Learning
The school’s educational structure is based upon student performance and mastery learning. The Performance-Based/Mastery Learning approach recognizes human characteristics and enables the student to be placed in learning environments according to achievement levels. This approach facilitates matching the students' skills and needs with the academic program. The implications are profound for student attitudes and learning. The school is dedicated to this concept.
The curricular model used is a “Performance-Based” approach to education. The content of each academic discipline is divided into specific student expectancies or “Essential Units”. An “Essential Unit” contains specific concepts or skills. Teachers give instruction and guidance for the essential unit using appropriate materials and activities, and when the essential unit is completed, assess for student mastery. Records are maintained documenting individual student progress and credentialing. Objectives, instruction, teaching materials, and evaluations are aligned. Curriculum is reviewed periodically for relevance and validity. All curricula are available for parents to review.
In this research-validated model each Essential Unit is taught with a view to excellence. When students demonstrate mastery of the essential unit, they move on to the next essential unit. If the student does not achieve mastery, the teacher re-teaches, and the student revises as necessary. Additional conferencing and extended practice may be given for the student to demonstrate proficiency at the appropriate level before testing again. When the students demonstrate mastery, they are rewarded with an “A” or “B”. Thus, a student never “fails” in the traditional sense. Instead, he/she proceeds logically through the curriculum at a pace determined by his/her mastery of the material.
“Success for All” is the motto of QSI Schools. Personal habits and the ability to interact successfully with others are deemed as valuable as the knowledge and competencies students learn. Success orientations are actively encouraged in virtually all areas of the school curriculum with the view of making them a vital part of one’s life pattern. Evaluations of the success orientations are limited to situations within the jurisdiction of the school and are made by a consensus of the professional staff members. They are grouped under the headings of: *Responsibility *Trustworthiness *Group Interaction *Aesthetic Appreciation *Kindness and Politeness *Independent Endeavor *Concern for Others.
At QSI International School of Malta it is clear that the success of each and every student is dependent on the relationship forged between the teacher, student, and family. From implementing school-wide agenda protocols, to hosting open houses, curriculum nights, and international brunches, QSI International School of Malta has committed to bringing the community to the school. At the secondary level, families enjoy perusing the science fair, listening to up-and-coming authors at the poetry café, as well as taking in the creativity of the art walk. In the primary grades, parents and community members get the opportunity to come to the fall festival and the winter fair, to read to small groups of children on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and to clap along with the talent show at the end of the year. Because of the concerted effort to involve all stakeholders in school activities, students thrive in developing their own sense of self.
QSI Academic Values
1. All students can succeed.
2. Success breeds success.
3. It is the responsibility of the school to provide the conditions for success.
The curriculum includes English (reading, grammar, composition, and spelling), mathematics, cultural studies (history and geography), science, art, music, a second language, and physical education. Intensive English classes are offered to students who need additional help with English. Computer use is integrated across the curriculum. An additional foreign language is offered, and is often one of the languages spoken in the host country. The school seeks to provide students with an appreciation for the rich culture and history of Malta. Materials and equipment are up-to-date and of high quality. Class sizes are small. The faculty members are well-qualified educators coming from America and around the world.
QSI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF MALTA DIPLOMAS
THE ACADEMIC DIPLOMA WITH HONORS is the most advanced diploma offered by Quality Schools International. Requirements are the same as for the Academic Diploma but with the condition that the credits include at least two Advanced Placement (AP) courses (of ten credits each).
THE ACADEMIC DIPLOMA is a college preparatory course of study. Students who satisfactorily complete this program should expect admittance into an American college or university or universities in other countries.
THE GENERAL DIPLOMA is available to students who experience English language difficulties, time restraints, or other problems which make it impractical to pursue a more advanced course of study. It is only available to students who are in their fourth year of secondary or who turn 18 before October of the intended year of graduation. A Minimum of 220 credits is required, including required courses and electives.
QSI offers students the opportunity to take online courses within areas of interest or within the curriculum. These courses are arranged on an individual basis through the Office of Curriculum, and include Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students are monitored by staff at the school to guarantee progress and to answer questions. QSI Virtual School (QVS) makes these courses available to students.
Enrichment For All
It is evident that the students at QSI International School of Malta excel at more than just basic academic excellence. Over the past year the offerings of extracurricular activities has grown in length as well as depth. From sewing clubs and hiking clubs to guitar jam sessions and swimming lessons, the student body has a robust list of weekly activities to choose from. Now students are not only able to try their hand at something new, but also to develop a passion and set of skills that makes them unique as individuals.
- Winter Program
- Graduation Ceremony
- Open House Night
- Meet The Teacher
- Curriculum Night
- Bingo In The Evening
- Fall Festival
- Movie Night In Malta
- International Brunch
- The Poetry Cafe
- Come Read To A Child
- Dr. Seuss Reading Day
- Geography Bee
- Science Fair
- Charity For Children
- Fret Work
- Role Play
- Eco Club