QSI International School of Montenegro (QSIM) is an international, coeducational day school that enrolls students from over 20 countries around the world. It is a private nonprofit institution and opened in 2006. It offers an American-model, college-preparatory education in the English language for students from three to 18 years of age (PK through high school). The school’s educational philosophy, which includes a personalized approach to instruction, leads to teaching for mastery to ensure success for all students in a positive learning environment.
Organization: Quality Schools International, a nonprofit entity that operates 37 schools in 31 countries, supports QSIM. The school is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is fully licensed by the Montenegrin Ministry of Education. QSIM is a test center for Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests. The school is a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) where students participate in athletica and academic events.
Curriculum: QSIM’s college-preparatory secondary program prepares students for success in universities around the world. As an Advanced Placement (AP) school with a strong teaching staff, the curriculum is augmented by online course work through the Quality School Virtual network for additional AP courses. The school offers three diplomas–the general diploma, the academic diploma, and the academic with honors diploma. Students enrolled in the three-four year-old program engage 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. Elementary, middle and high school students take a full program of mathematics, reading and language arts, science, cultural studies, art, music, technology, and physical education. Classroom technology is integrated with the curriculum at all levels. Montenegrin language is taught in the elementary grades. French language is offered to the middle and high school students.
Recent graduates have attended universities such as Virginia Tech, University of Florida, Arizona State, Polimoda (Italy) and University of Ljubljana. All seven members of the Class of 2021 expect to continue their education at the university level the following year.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 21 educators and 6 members of the staff. All teachers are licensed and trained and have had thorough background checks. All faculty and staff maintain First Aid, CPR/AED certification.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 95 students from 25 countries, with 5 enrolled in the early education program (ages 3-4), 42 in the elementary school (ages 5-10), 23 in the middle school (ages 11-13), and 25 in the high school (ages 14-18). Of the total, 23 are U.S. citizens, 60 are third-country nationals, and 12 are host-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 20 are dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees.
Facilities: QSIM moved into its present, purpose-built facility in February of 2014. The school is located in suburban Donja Gorica, about a 10-minute drive south of the Podgorica city center. The school is equipped with large classrooms with plenty of natural light, a cafeteria, a stage, a kitchen, special rooms for art and music, a science lab, a library, a playground, a large field for soccer and other outdoor sports, administrative offices, and a parking lot. The campus is entirely fenced, is guarded 24/7, and has internal/external video surveillance.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 96% of the school’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $5,000 and grades K-12: $26,000. Included in the tuition is an annual $1,600 capital fund fee for students enrolled in K-12 classes. There is also a one-time $300 registration fee. (Fees quoted and payable in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.