The Mission, Philosophy, and Belief statements of Quality Schools International (QSI) provide a formal summary of the organization’s core purposes, aims, and values that have stood the test of time for nearly thirty years. These documents were initially formulated by the founding fathers of QSI, Mr. James E. Gilson, current President, and Mr. H. Duane Root, current Vice President along with the first teachers at Sanaa International School in Yemen in 1987.
These founding documents are revisited by the QSI Board of Directors annually to re-establish and communicate the relevancy and importance intended to provide direction to the entire QSI organization.
QSI schools teach and discuss the QSI Mission with all stakeholders in order to align their planning and improvements with the common performance-based goals of the organization. Some schools choose to localize the QSI Mission by developing a Statement of School Specific Conditions which publicizes and aligns specific elements of the unique qualities of an individual school setting and QSI.
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. Some students are permanent residents, citizens of the host country.
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
- developing clear statements in measurable terms of what the student will do to demonstrate mastery of learning,
- providing the time and resources needed for each student to attain mastery, and
- 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 believe 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.
Adopted by QSI Board of Directors Feb. 1996
Reviewed and reaffirmed by the QSI Board of Directors Feb. 2019