The schools of Quality Schools International (QSI) have been founded in order to provide a quality English medium, North American, international education for expatriates. Local citizens who want their children to be educated in English are also accepted. Admissions to QSI schools are aligned to the QSI mission, vision and values.
At QSI International School of Skopje, students are assigned to classes according to their birthdays. QSIS classes do not use the traditional American terms of pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, sophomore, senior, etc. For elementary classes the terms used are five-year-old class, six-year-old class, etc. In some cases, students will be assigned to classes based on levels completed at previous schools.
Example: A student is assigned to the eight-year-old class if he/she has turned eight years old before the 31st of October.
Any exceptions can only be made through a meeting with the Director. Following this, the Director will meet with any teachers that are involved with the student. If an exception is made (either to place above or below age level), the meeting will be documented with the rationale for out-of-policy decision written and placed in the student's permanent file. Parents will meet with the Director and sign off on the plan.
QSI admits students with limited learning needs, challenges, or disabilities once it has been determined that the student can succeed at the school.
For students with moderate to severe disabilities, the school will review additional information including evaluations, reports, IEPs, or school referrals required to help the school assess whether a program can be provided to meet the academic needs of the applicant. QSI schools sometimes accept special-needs students based on the family or sponsor providing the additional school fees to cover the cost of additional professional services.
Students identified with challenges the school is unable to effectively address can be denied admission to the school.
The child must turn three before November 1 in order to be admitted to the program. Exceptions may be made only by the school director, and only in coordination with the parents and preschool teachers.
Children must be aware of their toileting needs and be toilet trained—which means that children must consistently demonstrate the following habits: recognize when they need to use the toilet; ask to go to the toilet or seek to go to the toilet on their own; be able to manipulate clothing to assist in using the toilet; be able to use the toilet.
We understand that accidents happen and that small children often don’t have the fine motor skills to perfectly manipulate buttons, snaps, and zippers—and we are prepared to help children with these obstacles. It is essential, however, that children have moved out of diapers or pull-ups before they enter this program.
Children must be able to feed themselves. They should be able to use basic utensils to eat their snacks and lunches when required. We will open bottles and assist children with their lunch needs; however, we do not feed children at snack or lunch time.
Children must demonstrate both the willingness and ability to appropriately engage with peers and be led by the teacher.
Any exceptions to the admission policies must be approved by the school director.
QSI International School of Skopje offers and Intensive English program for students who are in need of additional instruction in verbal and written English, particularly those for whom English is not a first language. The principal goal of Intensive English is to bring students to a level of academic English, including oral competency, which allows them to transfer to regular classes as rapidly as possible. Students of different ages, maturities, linguistic backgrounds, and previous exposure to English will progress at different rates. Students are assigned to the appropriate level to best meet individual needs. The content of Intensive English parallels that of the Elementary literacy courses while building a foundation for academic success.