QSI International School of Dushanbe, founded in 2004, is part of the Quality Schools International (QSI) system of schools located in over 31 countries around the world. QSI Dushanbe is a private, non-profit, coeducational, college-preparatory, Pre-K through Secondary IV school located in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. QSI schools serve international families in urban communities, with 25 of the 35 QSI school in cities with American Embassies or Consulates whose students form a significant part of the student body. The Office of Overseas Schools of the US Department of State gives grants to 17 QSI schools, including ours. Like all the schools in the QSI system, QSID provides a high standard of education for expatiates and local citizens who want their children to learn in an English-speaking environment.
QSI International School of Dushanbe 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 ages through 18, with our secondary students taking a select number of online courses to supplement our face-to-face options. Studies are tailored to meet the needs of each individual student.
The school encompasses Pre-K through Secondary IV with a total current enrollment of 153. There are 93 students in preschool and elementary; the middle school’s enrollment is 19 and there are 41 students in the high school. QSI Dushanbe students represent 23 different nationalities.
Teachers evaluate mastery of each essential unit with an A or B. B represents mastery at a sufficiently high level, and A represents mastery at a sufficiently high level with the student consistently demonstrating higher-order thinking skills. In elementary and middle school, mediocre or poor work, resulting in Cs and Ds is not accepted, as students are required to engage in an essential unit until they achieve mastery. Students who master a unit with a B evaluation may attempt to demonstrate a higher level of mastery at a later time, within a given time period, to change the evaluation to an A. Time periods (quarters, semesters, terms) are not evaluated; student performance is assessed on each essential unit completed.
Secondary students who require additional time to master a unit at a B level must demonstrate effort towards that goal. A lack of effort can lead to a D grade, which unless upgraded to a B before the end of the academic year will not result in full credit for the course. All secondary students are encourage to strive for A-level mastery.