COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL: QSI International School of Sarajevo is a private, nonprofit, Preschool through Secondary IV (Grade 12) coeducational, college-preparatory institution. QSIS was founded by Quality Schools International in 1997 in order to provide a quality education in English for children of expatriates living in Sarajevo. The school moved to its current facility during the 2003-2004 school year. Parents of our students are primarily employed by governments, large corporations, and NGOs; it is a highly mobile community. A growing number of nationals have begun to express interest in attending the school. Students at QSIS represent over 29 nationalities.
AFFILIATION: QSI International School of Sarajevo is a member of Quality Schools International (QSI), a consortium of nonprofit, college-preparatory, international schools with an American-based curriculum. QSI has 36 schools in 30 different countries.
ACCREDITATION: QSI International School of Sarajevo is fully accredited by 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: QSI International School of Sarajevo 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. 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. Unit achievement is reported five times each year.
ENROLLMENT: QSI International School of Sarajevo currently has 140 students enrolled in our preschool through Secondary IV (Grade 12) classes. Students at our school represent 29 different nationalities. 100% of the Secondary IV students plan to attend a four-year university. each year.
FACULTY: QSI International School of Sarajevo employs 23 full-time teachers, 2 part-time teachers, 4 full- time and 2 part-time paraprofessionals (teacher assistants), 4 office personnel, and 11 maintenance and support staff. Many of the foreign-hired staff have Master’s Degrees and all have certification as teachers in the USA, Canada or Australia.
PHILOSOPHY: QSI International School of Sarajevo believes in a personalized approach to instruction leading to mastery of clearly defined objectives, within a positive and enjoyable learning environment. QSI International School of Sarajevo offers a challenging academic curriculum for students ages 3 through Secondary IV (Grade 12). In addition, student behavior is marked with consideration to seven Success Orientations: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Concern for Others, Kindness/Politeness, Group Interaction, Aesthetic Appreciation, and Independent Endeavor.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: The Academic Diploma With Honors is the most advanced diploma offered by QSI International School of Sarajevo. Requirements are the same as the Academic Diploma but with the added condition that accumulated QSI units include at least two Advanced Placement (AP) courses (ten units each). A total of 240 QSI units are required for this diploma. (10 QSI units equal one Carnegie unit.) For students to graduate with an Academic Diploma, the minimum requirements are 240 QSI units or 24 Carnegie units in the following areas of concentration: English 80 units, Mathematics 30 units, Science 30 units, Cultural Studies 40 units, Personal Health 25 units, Foreign Languages 20 units, Fine Arts 10 units, and Creative & Applied Arts (elective units). The General Diploma is available to students experiencing English language difficulties, time constraints, or other challenges that make it impractical to pursue an academic diploma. The basic minimum requirements are 220 QSI units or 22 Carnegie units in the following areas of concentration: English 50 units, Mathematics 20 units, Science 20 units, Cultural Studies 30 units, Personal Health 25 units, Foreign Languages 20 units, Fine Arts 10 units, and Creative & Applied Arts (elective units).
EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES: Students enjoy extracurricular activities such as soccer, basketball, cross country running, and volleyball, musical and theater productions, robotics, Knowledge Bowl, Model United Nations, and Roots and Shoots.