Why QSI Montenegro?
QSIM has a unique learning model. Our motto of "Success For All", is one we live by every day. We recognize that all students are unique and that it is our role, as the school, to build the environment where all of our students succeed. Our internationally recruited teachers are well trained and equipped. They are adept at working with each student as an individual rather than seeing them as one person in a group. To get an idea of what this might look like, feel free to view our school video at https://www.qsi.org/montenegro/mtg/our-school/school-video/.
As the only registered and accredited elementary & secondary school in Podgorica, our students come from 23 different countries. English is the language of instruction. Many of our families are with diplomatic organizations (various embassies, UNICEF, EU). We also have families from multi-national companies. Finally, we also have local Montenegrin students. Our top four nationalities last year were; American, German, Montenegrin, and Hungarian.
The curriculum we use is based on the American Common Core curriculum. It is geared toward the university-bound student in our secondary program, with a strong elementary program leading up to that. We focus on developing critical thinking skills in a well rounded program of study.
Our classroom teachers are highly qualified professionals, recruited from around the world - currently America, Canada, South Africa, and the Netherlands. They all hold valid teaching licenses, over 50% hold master's degrees or higher, and they have completed thorough background checks. Most importantly, they all love to teach children. Specialist teachers and classroom assistants are regional (Turkey, French, Albania) or local Montenegrin teachers.
Welcome to QSI Montenegro!
- Mission Statement
- School Information
- QSI Philosophy and Objectives
- Brief History of QSI Montenegro and its traditions
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 all QSI schools. Our schools are established to provide a quality education, in the English language, 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:
a) Developing clear statements in measurable terms of what the student will do to demonstrate mastery of learning;
b) Providing the time and resources needed for each student to attain mastery;
c) 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.
QSI International School of Montenegro is a nonprofit institution using an American, international model of education. It offers a high-quality education in the English language for preschool, elementary, and secondary school students through to graduation. The primary purpose of the school is to meet the needs of expatriate children living in Podgorica who require this type of education with a view to continuing their education in their home countries with a minimum of adjustment challenges upon return.
QSI International School of Montenegro was established in 2006 in Podgorica. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) and licensed by the Ministry of Education in Montenegro.
The school facility provides spacious, well-lit learning areas in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility which was completed in 2014. The school has resources and teaching materials to support the curriculum. A stage with professional lighting and sound provides a unique opportunity for performance art. A well-equipped science laboratory gives students the opportunity to participate in hands-on, safe, effective, experiments. A spacious outdoor playground, with a rock climbing wall, play structure, and soccer field, provides a large area for play and exercise.
QSI Philosophy and Objectives
The schools of QUALITY SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL (QSI) have been founded in order to provide a quality education in the English language for expatriates living in the international community. Local citizens who want their children to be educated in English are also accepted. The schools recognize that most of the students are enrolled for only two or three years and have diverse educational backgrounds. The philosophy of QSI includes the following:
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. This is enhanced by an aesthetically pleasing environment with a view to appreciation of beauty and order. Each student’s possibility of success increases when he works at the appropriate level of difficulty and senses positive expectations from his teachers.
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.
For a useful and meaningful life we encourage the development of personal qualities leading to acceptable values and harmonious relationships.
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.
We believe it is essential to have an awareness of the value of protecting and improving our environment.
Attitudes toward learning
1. Functions of the Administration:
- a. 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.
- b. To employ teachers who have acceptable values and who believe that their life style should be a positive influence on their students.
- c. To employ teachers directly from outside of the country, if necessary, to provide experienced and successful teachers for specific positions.
- d. To employ enough teachers to maintain reasonably small class sizes.
- e. To help teachers meet the individual needs of students by employing selected paraprofessionals.
- f. To provide spacious buildings and classrooms which are functional yet include local architectural designs with a view to blending into the local environment.
- g. To test each student in reading and mathematics upon initial enrollment to ensure a proper entry level in these classes.
- h. To encourage parental support of the school with a view to enhancing the learning and the development of positive attitudes of the students.
2. Functions of teaching staff:
- a. To continually assess the student in all areas of learning to ensure appropriate learning tasks leading to challenging work, but work in which hethe student is capable of experiencing success.
- b. To ensure that the student knows what learning tasks are expected.
- c. To provide appropriate learning experiences and allow each student sufficient time on a task to be able to experience success.
- d. To provide additional learning experiences, if mastery is the goal and if the task is not mastered after the initial teaching/learning experience.
- e. 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.
- f. To evaluate students in a way in which a student competes against himself/herself rather than against a fellow student.
- g. To inspire students to help them see what they can be and what they can accomplish with a view to excellence and creativity.
- h. 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
- To provide learning situations leading to mastery of appropriate topics in English and Mathematics for all students.
- To provide quality instruction in Science and Cultural Studies for all students.
- 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 including non-English languages as appropriate, in support of academic adjustment upon repatriation.
- To offer courses in Technology to all students.
- To offer varied activities and elective classes 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.
- 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/herself and to help him/her 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.
- To encourage each student to recognize in a positive way his/her 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.
- 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.
Brief History of QSI Montenegro and its traditions
History of the school
QSI International School of Montenegro is a member of Quality School International – an independent, non-profit educational organization with thirty-seven schools in twenty-seven countries. QSI International School of Montenegro, a private non-profit institution that opened in January of 2006, offers high quality education in the English language for elementary students from ages 3 years-old through 18 years-old. The school’s primary purpose is to provide quality education in an English medium setting for expatriates living in the international community and for Montenegrin citizens who desire to have their children follow a mastery learning academic program with international standards and recognition. QSI International School of Montenegro is a co-educational day school that follows an American/International curriculum. The school was founded upon the request of the U.S. Department of State.
Montenegro gained independence from Serbia in 2006, and since then, it has had one president. The latest presidential elections were held on April 7, 2013 in which the incumbent president, Filip Vujanovic of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), won in a very close race. Since gaining independence, Montenegro has strived to join theEuropean Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The country is currently an official candidate for membership in the European Union and an official candidate for membership of NATO.Montenegro is the only country in Europe that is not a member of the European Union but uses Euro as its official currency.Montenegro is classified by the World Bank as a middle-income country. Itis a member of the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe, the Central European Free Trade Agreement, and a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Because Montenegro has easy access to other parts of Europe and is itself rich in culture, the school families do not have to rely solely on the school for social events. Montenegro offers a variety of cultural festivals in numerous cities within the country. The school tends to plan its events around families’ schedules. Potluck and international dinners are planned during week days, not weekends, for families often travel to the coast of Montenegro or the mountains in the north for the weekends.
Montenegro is a country located in the south of the Balkan Peninsula; it borders on the north with Serbia, on the west with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, and to the east with Kosovo and Albania. Its southern border is defined by the Adriatic Sea. Montenegro’s lower areas have a warm Mediterranean climate that verges on subtropical classification, having hot though short and dry summers and cool and rainy winters. Temperatures vary greatly with elevation.
Montenegro ranges from high peaks along its borders with Serbia and Albania, a segment of the Karst of the western Balkan Peninsula, to a narrow coastal plain that is only one to four miles (6 km) wide. The plain stops abruptly in the north, where Mount Lovćen and Mount Orjen plunge into the inlet of the Bay of Kotor.Montenegro's large Karst region lies generally at elevations of 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) above sea level; some parts, however, rise to 2,000 m (6,560 ft), such as Mount Orjen (1,894 m or 6,214 ft), the highest massif among the coastal limestone ranges. The Zeta River valley, at an elevation of 500 m (1,600 ft), is the lowest segment.
The mountains of Montenegro include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe, averaging more than 2,000 metres in elevation. One of the country's notable peaks is Bobotov Kuk in the Durmitor mountains, which reaches a height of 2,522 metres (8,274 ft). Owing to the hyperhumid climate on their western sides, the Montenegrin mountain ranges were among the most ice-eroded parts of the Balkan Peninsula during the last glacial period.