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 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 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.
Attitudes Toward Learning
We believe that more learning will occur if the student has a desire to learn, has positive feelings concerning his/her school environment, and succeeds in his/her work. A comfortable atmosphere of caring and acceptance established by the school is considered important, so that each student is encouraged to strive for excellence and to be creative. An aesthetically pleasing environment with a view to appreciation of beauty and order enhances this. Each student's possibility of success increases when he/she works at the appropriate level of difficulty and senses positive expectations from his teachers.
Functions Of Administration
To recruit teachers who have a love for children, who have positive expectations of children, and who are willing to give the time and energy necessary to meet the needs of individual students. To employ teachers who have acceptable values and who believe that their life style should be a positive influence on their students. To employ teachers directly from outside of the country, if necessary, to provide experienced and successful teachers for specific positions. To employ enough teachers to maintain reasonably small class sizes. To help teachers meet the individual needs of students by employing selected paraprofessionals. To provide spacious buildings and classrooms which are functional yet include local architectural designs with a view to blending into the local environment. To test each student in reading and mathematics upon initial enrollment to assure a proper entry level in these classes. To encourage parental support of the school with a view to enhancing the learning and the development of positive attitudes of the students.
Functions Of Teaching Staff
To continually assess the student in all areas of learning to assure appropriate learning tasks leading to challenging work, but work in which he is capable of experiencing success. To ensure that the student knows what learning tasks are expected. To provide appropriate learning experiences and allow each student sufficient time on a task to be able to experience success. To provide additional learning experiences, if mastery is the goal and if the task is not mastered after the initial teaching/learning experience. To reward students equally for mastering learning tasks regardless of the path taken to mastery. Not to give a higher reward to one who required a greater input of energy nor to one who easily and quickly attained mastery. To evaluate students in a way in which a student competes against himself rather than against a fellow student. To inspire students to help them see what they can be and what they can accomplish with a view to excellence and creativity. To provide a positive school atmosphere by working with a cooperative spirit giving support to one another and encouraging a high morale and efficiency within the staff.
Areas Of Learning
Mastery of basic skills is considered a vital part of education, essential for success in studies of other subjects as well as in most situations in life. A broad and varied program of physical education, fine arts, and other activities is also considered important to enhance the interest and education of the students. Area objectives include: To provide learning situation leading to mastery of appropriate topics in English and mathematics. To provide quality instruction in science and cultural studies. To offer quality programs of instruction in physical education, music, and art to all students. To provide classes in Intensive English as appropriate. To offer local and foreign languages as appropriate. To offer selected courses in national studies as appropriate, with a view to the needs of particular nationalities and to academic adjustment upon repatriation. To offer courses in computer literacy to all students. To offer varied activities and electives which are not part of the regular academic program. To involve students in field trips and activities related to their classes, but away from school. To provide the appropriate materials, resources, and equipment for all areas.
For a useful and meaningful life we encourage the development of personal qualities leading to acceptable values and harmonious relationships. Area objectives include: To encourage an understanding of one's self with a view to developing acceptable values such as patience, kindness, unselfishness, honesty, and consideration for others. To provide a positive and secure atmosphere, treating the students honestly and fairly. To encourage each student to feel good about himself and to help him promote similar feelings in fellow students. To provide guidance in problem solving and decision making situations. To develop a sense of responsibility and to encourage leadership.
An understanding and acceptance of the different cultures represented in the school are considered important. We believe emphasis should be placed on gaining an appreciation and knowledge of the region and the local country in particular. Area objectives include: To encourage each student to recognize in a positive way his own nationality. To provide an atmosphere of cultural acceptance and understanding with a view to building healthy international relationships. To integrate into the curriculum studies of the local region and the country itself.
We believe it is essential to have an awareness of the value of protecting and improving our environment. Area objectives include: To develop an awareness of environmental concerns such as overpopulation, pollution, waste of natural resources, destruction of wildlife and natural areas, and personal health. To promote a concern for the protection of the environment. To provide activities and projects for students which involve them in improving the environment.