QSI International School of Bishkek

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Quality Schools International of Bishkek
This was a picture taken of the Campus Main Building from the front
Address
14-a Tynystanova Street
Bishkek, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Information
Type Private, non-profit
Established 1994
School district Quality Schools International
Director Mr. Arthur W. Hudson
Enrollment 100 (as of 2014)
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Snow Leopard
Nickname QSIB
Website

QSI International School of Bishkek

School profile[edit]

COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL: QSI International School of Bishkek is a private, non-profit co-educational, college preparatory institution. QSI International School of Bishkek was founded in 1994 in order to provide a quality education for expatriates living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Parents are primarily employed by embassies, corporations, and local governmental agencies. It is a highly mobile community.[citation needed]

ACCREDITATION: QSI International School of Bishkek, ages 2 to 17, is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). It holds membership in The Central Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) and is affiliated with the Department of State Office of Overseas Schools (OAS).

ENROLLMENT: The school encompasses ages 3 to 17 with a current enrollment of approximately 100 students. The elementary currently has an enrollment of 50 students. The middle school currently has an enrollment of 30 students and the secondary school currently has an enrollment of 20 students. Students at QSI International School of Bishkek represent 17 different nationalities with about 25% being Americans.[citation needed]

CURRICULUM: The school follows an American college preparatory curriculum including Advanced Placement classes. In addition to its scholastic goals, the school endeavors to provide its students with a specialized program including French, Russian, and Spanish languages. Students are provided instruction in the host country culture for those wishing to pursue higher education in Kyrgyzstan.

FACULTY: The school employs 19 full-time teachers plus 4 part-time teachers. There are 8 paraprofessionals, a director, director of instruction, nurse, librarian, IT manager, administrative assistant, receptionist, accountant, and 2 intensive English instructors. Part-time teachers provide instruction in Art, Music, P.E., IT, Library, and Languages. The school has 24 hour security provided by guards and cameras. There is also maintenance and custodial personnel.

PHILOSOPHY: QSI International School of Bishkek believes in a personalized approach to instruction leading to mastery within a positive and enjoyable learning environment. It offers a challenging academic curriculum for students age 3 through Secondary IV (17 years old). Studies are tailored to meet the individual needs of the students.

GRADING SYSTEM: Mastery of each essential unit is evaluated with an “A” or “B”. “B” represents mastery at a very good level and “A” represents mastery with the student demonstrating higher order thinking skills. Mediocre or poor work, “C’s and D’s” is not accepted, as students are required to engage in the essential unit until they achieve mastery. If a student has mastered a unit with a “B” evaluation, he/she may wish to demonstrate a higher level of mastery at a later time, within that current school year, to change the evaluation to an “A”. A time period (quarter, semester, term) is not evaluated; student performance for the school year is assessed on each essential unit in which a student is engaged.

CLASS RANK: Due to the mobility of QSI students and the relatively small graduating classes, as well as the variety of educational systems from which students come, the school’s students’ class ranks are not computed.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: The Academic Diploma With Honors is the most advanced diploma offered by Quality Schools International. Requirements are the same as The Academic Diploma but with the added condition that accumulated credits include at least two Advanced Placement (AP) courses (ten credits each). A total of 240 credits are required for this diploma.

For students to graduate with an Academic Diploma, the minimum requirements are 240 Carnegie units or 24 credits in the following areas of concentration: English 8 cr., Mathematics 3 cr., Science 3 cr., Cultural Studies 4 cr., Personal Health .5 cr., Languages 2 cr., Fine Arts 1 cr., Creative & Applied Arts (elective credits).

The General Diploma is available to students experiencing English language difficulties, time restraints, or other challenges that make it impractical to pursue an academic diploma. This diploma is designed for students requiring a sound general secondary education. The basic minimum requirements are 220 Carnegie units or 22 credits: English 5 cr., Mathematics 2 cr., Science 2 cr., Cultural Studies 3 cr., Personal Health .5 cr., Languages 2 cr., Fine Arts 1 cr., Creative & Applied Arts (elective credits). School & Community: QSI International School of Bishkek, is a private non-profit institution that opened in September 1994 and offers a high quality education in the English language for elementary and secondary students. The warm and welcoming school community[weasel words] make it an ideal place to receive a quality education from QSI.[citation needed]

Facility: In August 2004 the school moved into a newly renovated building which is located in a park like setting just minutes from the center of the city. The facility has play areas, soccer field, covered basketball court, cafeteria, computer lab, library, an early childhood center and sufficient classrooms to accommodate a quality curriculum for all school children.

Student Placement: Following official admission procedures, a placement examination is given to each student to determine the appropriate level of instruction. The test assesses the student's abilities in English and Mathematics.

Progress Reports: Student "Status Reports" are sent home five (5) times a year. Student progress or mastery of the curriculum is reported as either "A" or "B". Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled three (3) times, once each term. Individual narrative reports are sent home on each student three (3) times.

Staffing: Native English-speaking certified experienced teachers from western countries are primarily employed. Some other nationalities are hired for instruction in certain areas.[citation needed]

Preschool Program: This preschool program offers participation in a variety of play related and hands-on experiences designed to develop learning readiness, physical coordination and development, and the social skills necessary to be successful in a classroom setting. Emphasis is placed on the development of self-confidence, self-esteem and natural excitement to learn. A full spectrum of activities is provided including Music, Computers, Art, P.E. and play.

Age Levels 6 through 11 Years: Elementary School students take a full program of Mathematics, Reading and Language Arts, Science, Cultural Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Foreign Language (Russian, Kyrgyz, or French). Computer usage is integrated with the curriculum at all levels.

Age Levels 12 through 13: This program meets the special needs of students in the 12 -13 year old age group. Students take a rigorous academic program of Mathematics, Reading and Language Arts, Science, Cultural Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education and a Foreign Language (Russian, Kyrgyz, or French). Computer Applications is offered as an elective course. Qualified students may enroll in secondary classes for Secondary graduation credit if appropriate.

Secondary Levels I-IV: The secondary program prepares students for colleges and universities in the United States and other countries. The rigorous academic program consists of the traditional disciplines of Mathematics, Laboratory Science (Biology, Physics, and Chemistry), World Cultural Studies and History, World Literature, English Grammar, Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer Literacy and a Foreign Language (Russian, Kyrgyz, French and Spanish).

Entry Ages: To enter the 5 year old class a child will have completed 5 years of age no later than 31 October of a school year. This pattern is applied to the other classes in the school. Any exceptions require a meeting leading to the approval of both the parents and the school administration.

Library: QSIB has an excellent and well-stocked library[citation needed] with updated materials spanning all age levels. The library consists of over 5,000 English-language books for beginning to advanced readers. The library system is fully automated. The school orders new books for all reading levels every year. All materials are bar-coded and catalogued in the library system. Teachers and librarians work together closely to order books that are the most popular among students and are tied to the curriculum. We[who?] provide books for educational purposes as well as to foster a love for reading. Computers and educational devices: Every classroom is well-equipped with modern technology to assist educators in the teaching process.[citation needed] QSIB has two computer labs that contain 25 computers. Every computer is loaded with all educational software needed to complete the Technology curriculum. Students have access to printers, scanners and a copy machine with teacher supervision and permission.

Outdoor facilities: QSIB has a well-shaded[citation needed] outdoor playground that includes a covered basketball court, soccer field, swings, a slide, climbing bars, a playhouse, balance beams and a gazebo. The pre-school area is equipped with a separate play structure and is fenced in for protection.

School snack and lunch: QSIB offers students an optional lunch and snack daily. These meals are provided by our talented kitchen staff who cook from scratch using locally grown produce and meat. Inspiration for meals comes from both local and world cuisines. A monthly menu may be found on our school home page.

Special School Days: At various times throughout the school year, QSIB offers special activities that highlight our[who?] academic curriculum and Success Orientations. These activities include our Annual Trip to Ala-Archa State Mountain Preserve, the Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Literacy Week, Student Council Spirit Days, Kyrgyz and International Days, School movie nights, and other unique opportunities.

Special School Days: At various times throughout the school year, QSIB offers special activities that highlight our academic curriculum and Success Orientations. These activities include our Annual Trip to Ala-Archa State Mountain Preserve, the Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Literacy Week, Student Council Spirit Days, Kyrgyz and International Days, School movie nights, and other unique opportunities.

8th period: 8th period offers students opportunities to take classes of their choosing. Elementary classes run for a quintile each, while some Secondary classes may run for an entire year. Classes are offered based on student interest and teacher expertise. For students 12 and up, QSIB has offered these classes in the recent past: A.P. History, community service, yearbook, college prep, Math Counts, Odyssey of the Mind, art, physical education, science fair, etc.

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