QSI International School of Minsk (QSIM) is an independent, coeducational day school that was founded in 1993 at the request of the U.S. Department of State and is pleased to celebrate 28 years of high quality education for children (ages 2-18) from parents working with diplomatic missions. , NGOs and multinationals in Minsk.
Organization: QSI – International School of Minsk is governed by the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International. An advisory board, made up of six members living in the Minsk region, assists the school in its operation. One board member is appointed by the US Embassy. QSIM operates with the approval of the Government of Belarus.
Curriculum: The school offers a performance-based educational program with a curriculum similar to that of American public and private schools. Teaching, leading to individual mastery, takes advantage of small class sizes and the diversity of students’ educational backgrounds. The instruction is in English. Russian or French are taught as a foreign language every day from the age of 5. Music, art, computer and physical education are also offered. QSIM offers a comprehensive high school curriculum including Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the AP Capstone program, launched in 2015. QSIM offers 7-10 on-campus AP courses each year and has access to nearly 20 AP courses through online providers . The school is accredited by the Middle School Association of Colleges and Schools until 2021. QSIM is a member of the Central and Eastern European School Association (CEESA) and is a College Board-approved SAT testing site.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, QSIM has a total of 68 employees, including 42 teachers, including 16 US citizens, 24 host country nationals and 2 third country nationals. Our faculty and staff represent four different nationalities, including the United States, United Kingdom, Lithuania, and Belarus. All teachers are fully qualified to teach, as determined by their country of origin.
Registration: At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the number of students was 160 (from 2 to 18 years old). Of this total, 21 are US citizens, 15 host country nationals and 124 third country nationals.
Facilities: QSIM has two separate campuses 150 meters apart located near the National Library and the Botanical Gardens at the northern end of the city of Minsk. The main campus for children ages 5-18 includes 26 classrooms, a library, computer lab, science lab, gymnasium and cafeteria. The outdoor area includes two playgrounds and a sports field for football and/or basketball. In August 2018, QSIM opened a new early childhood center (CPE) for children aged two to four. The ECC building includes five large classrooms, three nap rooms, a music room, an indoor play area, and a cafeteria with kitchen. The outdoor area includes swings, a sandbox and other play equipment.
finance: In the 2022-2023 school year, the school’s revenue comes from tuition and fees. Annual tuition fees are as follows: PK: $9,000; and K-12: $23,000. The school also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 for K-12 students. There is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $300. Books and Chromebooks (ages 12 and up) are loaned free of charge. These fees are payable in US dollars. (All fees are quoted in US dollars.)
Special needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Belarus, Minsk) for this school to find out more about its ability to support students with difficulties.
This information sheet is intended to provide general information. Potential school users may wish to inquire further with the A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more accurate and up-to-date information. Information and statistics are current to September 2022 and provided by the school.