Since 1993, the QSI International School of Minsk (ISM) has provided a quality education for preschool through secondary students for the international community in Belarus. From our first year when we began with fewer than ten students, the school has grown in numbers and reputation, becoming the school of choice for dozens of embassies and businesses in Minsk. ISM, a non-profit organization, works in cooperation with embassies and families from over 35 different countries, making it a place of true diversity, where our students learn from one another. All subjects, except for our daily Russian Language classes, are taught in English by certified, qualified teachers.
Over the 20-year history of the school, members have seen many changes in the size and makeup of the school body. From the earliest beginnings of 10 students, the school has grown to over 140.
QSI International School of Minsk Mission
Virtually every five year old comes to school eager to learn. The mission of Quality Schools International (QSI) is to keep this urge to learn alive in every child in QSI schools. Our schools are established to provide, in the English language, a quality education for students in the cities we serve. These students are the children of parents of many nationalities who have come to a foreign country, usually for a limited stay of a year or more.
Our schools follow a logical model of education which measures success by the accomplishments and attitudes of our students. We believe that all of our students can succeed, that their successes encourage them to continue in a pattern of success, and that it is the schools’ responsibility to provide the conditions for success. These conditions include i) developing clear statements in measurable terms of what the student will do to demonstrate mastery of learning, ii) providing the time and resources needed for each student to attain mastery, and iii) ensuring that students engage in learning at a level which is challenging and yet a level for which each student has the prerequisite skills necessary for success.
We believe in providing an aesthetically pleasing physical surrounding under the charge of a caring staff who believes their students will be successful, and who use time with the students as a resource for learning rather than as a boundary condition to determine when a unit of learning begins and ends. We believe in providing resources such as books, learning materials, and educational technology. In the world today children need to become proficient in the use of computers and related technology as tools to accomplish a myriad of tasks.
Finally we believe in working with parents to encourage our students to adopt qualities of living which lead to success long after formal schooling has ended. These include universally accepted "success orientations" of trustworthiness, kindness/politeness, responsibility, independent endeavor, concern for others, group interaction, and aesthetic appreciation.
Vision of QSI International School of Minsk
The QSI International School of Minsk provides, in English, a supportive and challenging community for each of our students to achieve personal, physical, and academic excellence. Together we all succeed.
The School creates a safe, supporting environment that fosters creativity, social action, and academic excellence.
The Staff dedicates itself to provide quality learning experiences, to reach high personal education standards, and to meet the needs of each student through advice and advocacy.
The Student is committed to meeting high academic and personal expectations, making every effort to honor the success orientations of QSI.
The Parent communicates, supports, and reinforces the academic and social values of the school.