The History of QSI

Sanaa International School opened in September 1971 with four students and grew to over 200 within a few years. The school’s early history is related to the founder’s first assignment in Yemen. In 1966-67, Mr. James E. Gilson was employed as principal of the Yemen-American Cooperative School in Taiz, Yemen. In May of 1967, the American community was evacuated and the school ceased operations. Mr. Gilson, encouraged by the friendliness and hospitality of the people of Yemen, and interested in their culture and history as well as the development of the young republic, had a desire to return. In 1971, after discussions with key people in Sanaa, it became apparent that there was a need for an international school. Therefore, Mr. Gilson accepted a position in Saudi Arabia, hired a teaching couple to go to Yemen, and was able to financially guarantee the first year of Sanaa International School. The school grew to about 25 students in the first year making it possible for Mr. and Mrs. Gilson and their two sons, Marcus and Kevin, to move to Yemen in July 1972.



The Middle States Association (MSA) is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development, and advance student achievement.

QSI Schools are accredited through MSA. The schools maintain their accreditation with MSA through a continual process of identifying areas for growth and implementing a community-supported action plan to push the boundaries of success and achievement in the identified areas.

Currently Quality Schools International is working to achieve System-wide accreditation through MSA. Systems accreditation will allow QSI to reflect on where we are now, where we want to be in 5-7 years, and develop plans to reach our goals. MSA will review QSI’s plans to strengthen our organization and implement organization-wide improvement plans. Each of our schools will still be individually accredited, and MSA teams will visit each of our schools to verify that each school meets the standards for accreditation.

University acceptances from across QSI



QSI Statement on the Novel Coronavirus


There is heightened awareness around the globe with the coronavirus stemming from the People’s Republic of China. The five QSI schools located in China have transitioned to online learning methods to support the education of the students and will re-open the classrooms when the national government grants permission for all schools on mainland China to be fully in session. The Ministry of Education in Haiphong, Vietnam has also decided to close all schools in their region, so our QSI school is no exception. QSI International School of Haiphong will be closed this week as the government monitors the situation very closely. Students will continue to be educated with online support.

The number one priority for our organization remains the safety and well-being of our staff and students. Many of the staff are now safely outside of China while a few remain within the borders. Staff are required to follow the local government regulations in place as QSI endeavors to support the needs of our employees during these challenging times. QSI school administrators and support staff are in close contact with the government agencies who have oversight over international schools in regards to the next steps, start dates and government requirements when individuals are able to return to China.

QSI International School of Phuket is also taking extra health precautions for all staff and students.

The QSI Crisis Management Team alongside the Regional Supervisor, Mr. Tim Kruger, will continue to monitor the situation closely to determine further steps with and for the benefit of staff and administration including but not limited to counseling services.