QSI Tirana International School
Rruga Vilat Gjermane, Kutia Postare 1527, Tirana, Albania
+355 4 236 5239
|Director||Mr Jon Mudd|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Co-ed Age Range||2-18 years|
|Number of pupils||352|
|Average Class Size||12|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP|
|Diploma Coordinator||Elizabeth Sloughter|
|Associations||MSA, NWEA, IB, College Board, CEESA|
Tirana International School is a private, nonprofit institution which opened in 1991. It offers a high-quality education in the English language for children ages two through high school graduation and includes students from the diplomatic, international business, and Albanian communities. It is a member of Quality Schools International, a consortium of non-profit college-preparatory international schools with American-style curriculum. TIS has been accredited by the Middle States Association since 1999.
Students, Faculty & Staff
The school is growing and currently has over 300 students representing 31 nationalities. The school prides itself on hiring caring, qualified, and dedicated educators. Teachers at TIS are certified and experienced educators who bring a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and skills to their learning environments.
School Facilities and Location
The school facility is located on the south side of the city of Tirana, just outside the busy city. The campus occupies a beautiful, green 5.5-hectare site. The building was designed to accommodate growth in enrollment and to take advantage of the abundant Albanian sunshine, having lots of balconies and patios.
The sports complex boasts several playgrounds, a soccer field, a track, a tennis court, an indoor exercise room, a gymnasium, and a dance studio. The school building includes a full English-language elementary and secondary library, with additional resources to support Languages Other than English; multiple science laboratories; a technology lab; fully equipped music and art rooms; an indoor performance area; a full-service cafeteria; and state-of-the-art, well-resourced and well-equipped classrooms. In addition, the school has many outdoor courtyards and respite areas for students to gather.
Academic Program & Philosophy
Tirana International School believes that every child can succeed and strives to offer a rigorous overall program - with equal emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and success orientations - in an accepting, friendly, and supportive environment.
TIS follows QSI's mastery learning approach to teaching, in which students master specific objectives before moving on. This approach emphasizes success over mediocracy as well as rigor and critical thinking. The TIS curriculum well prepares students for the challenges of the IB DP.
The first IB cohort started in fall 2021 and is composed of five highly engaged students representing three different countries. Students are supported by a team of motivated, caring teachers, including the DP Coordinator, the Secondary Guidance Counselor, and the CAS Coordinator. The IB teachers are passionate about their subjects and collaborate with other QSI IB teachers as well as IB teachers worldwide.
IB Course Offerings
For the first cohort, TIS is offering English: Language and Literature, French B, Spanish B, Business Management, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches, and Theatre. TIS is prepared to offer more courses as the program grows.