TIRANA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PROFILE
THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
Tirana International School (TIS) is a private, nonprofit Preschool–Secondary IV (Grade 12) coeducational, American curriculum, college-preparatory institution with a
total of 230 students enrolled this year. TIS was founded in 1991 by Quality Schools International (QSI) in order to provide a quality education for expatriates living in Tirana, Albania. Parents of our students are primarily employed by governments, large corporations, and NGOs; it is a highly mobile community. A number of Albanian students also attend the school. Students at TIS represent over 30 nationalities.
TIS is fully accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). It benefits from QSI's membership in the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) and is affiliated with the U.S. Department of State's Office of Overseas Schools (AOS).
CURRICULUM & GRADING SYSTEM
The school follows an American-style college-preparatory curriculum. In addition to its scholastic goals, the school endeavors to provide its students with a specialized program, including foreign languages. The school offers a robust Advanced Placement (AP) program with 14+ courses offered on a rotational schedule. Students also may take additional AP courses through the QSI Virtual School or other online programs.
Mastery of each essential unit is evaluated with an A or B (mastery grades). B represents mastery at a very good level and A represents mastery with the student demonstrating noteworthy achievement, particularly in higher-order thinking skills. Mediocre or poor work (Cs and Ds) is not accepted, as students are required to engage in each essential unit until they achieve mastery. If a student has mastered a unit with a B evaluation, the student may wish to demonstrate a higher level of mastery to change the evaluation to an A. Time periods (quarters, semesters, terms) are not evaluated. Rather, student performance is assessed on each essential unit in which a student is engaged. Typically, a full-year course consists of 10 essential units.
The school employs 14 full-time foreign teaching staff, 15 full-time local staff, many part-time teachers and paraprofessionals, and a Director, Director of Instruction, and School Counselor. Many of the foreign-hired staff have Master’s Degrees and have certification as teachers in the US or UK. Many of our part time and local staff have Master’s Degrees.
Students enjoy after-school sports (Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Swimming, Volleyball, Karate), musical and theater productions, and various club activities (Robotics, Knowledge Bowl, Model United Nations, Community Service, Language Clubs). After-school vocal music, instrumental music, and language lessons are also available.
QUALITY SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL
Quality Schools International (QSI) is a non-profit school organization that was founded in 1971 with the express purpose of staffing qualified, experienced, and caring teachers in private international schools around the world. QSI has grown to 37 schools in 30 countries spanning five continents.
Tirana International School offers a secondary program that leads to a Secondary School Diploma. Three diplomas are offered by TIS: Academic Diploma, Academic Diploma with Honors, and the General Diploma. The Academic Diploma is a university preparatory course of study. For students to graduate with an Academic Diploma, the minimum requirements are 240 units (Ten QSI Units equal one Carnegie Unit). These units are required to be in the following areas: English—80 units; Mathematics—30 units; Science—30 units; Cultural Studies—40 units; Health and PE—25 units; Languages other than English—20 units; Creative Arts—10 units; with the remaining courses as Electives. The Academic Diploma with Honors is the most advanced diploma offered by TIS. Requirements are the same as the Academic Diploma but with the condition that the credits include at least two AP courses (10 credits each).
CLASS RANK AND GPA
Due to the mobility of TIS students, the reality of a very small graduating class, and the variety of educational systems from which students come, TIS students’ class rank is not computed. Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated on a 4.0 scale and is unweighted.
UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS AND PLACEMENT
Most graduates of TIS attend university upon completion of their studies. Previous graduates have been very successful in obtaining admittance to the colleges and universities of their choice. The first graduating class was in 2001. The following is a list of schools where the class of 2015 received offers of acceptance.
TIS UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCES & OFFERS 2016–2017
United States: Babson College*; Bentley University; Boston University; Georgia Institute of Technology*; Green Mountain College*; Hult International Business School*; Marquette University; New York Institute of Technology; New York University; Northeastern University*; Pennsylvania State University; Regis College; Salem State University; St. John's College; Stony Brook University; Stonehill College; Syracuse University; University at Buffalo–SUNY; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Riverside; University of California, San Diego*; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Massachusetts, Boston*; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; University of Puget Sound; University of Rochester; Vassar College*
United Kingdom: Brunel University London*; Cardiff University; City University London*; Durham University*; European Business School London; Goldsmiths, University of London; King’s College London*; London Metropolitan University; London School of Business and Finance; University of Bath; University of Birmingham*; University of Edinburgh*; University of Kent; University of the Arts London; University of St. Andrews; University of Westminster
Europe: Bocconi University (Italy); Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)*; Hague University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands); Jacobs University Bremen (Germany)*; John Cabot University (Italy)*; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium); Lauder Business School (Austria)*; Maastricht University (The Netherlands); University College Utrecht (The Netherlands); University of New York Tirana (Albania)*
Canada: Ryerson University; Simon Fraser University*; University of Guelph; University of Victoria; University of Waterloo*; University of Western Ontario
*Indicates matriculation of students in the Class of 2015 and the Class of 2016
Tirana International School CEEB Code: 704000