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|Tirana International School|
Rruga Gim Gilson, Mullet Village (Near TEG), Tirana
|Motto||Success For All|
|Grades||Pre-K - 12|
|Number of students||400+|
|Color(s)||Orange and black|
|Team name||TIS Tigers|
Tirana International School, established in 1991 directly before the fall of the communist system in Albania, is an English-medium international school in Tirana, Albania. Its curriculum, while similar to US schools, contains links to both local culture and international educational elements. The current enrollment is approximately 400 students from 35 countries in preK – 12th grade classes. Tirana International School is part of Quality Schools International and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
With tuition fees starting at around 25.000 euros per year, since its inception Tirana International School has been the most expensive private education provider in Albania, attended almost exclusively by the children of the country's wealthiest elite and the children of diplomatic staff based in Tirana.
The curriculum focuses on English literacy skills, mathematics, cultural studies, the sciences, computer literacy, art, music, foreign languages (French, Spanish, German, Albanian and Russian) and physical education as part of the regular program. Intensive English classes are provided for those with a limited knowledge of the English language.
TIS offers onsite the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma and individual AP courses. As of 2021, TIS offers the International Baccalaureate diploma (IB). Students choose the IB, AP, or standard TIS track to complete high school.
Tirana International School adheres to a mastery learning approach to education that provides detailed feedback for students as they work toward ownership of the material. Grades reflect the current progress that students have made within a unit of study. The letter grade B is assigned when students demonstrate mastery of the subject, while an A grade represents mastery and the consistent, appropriate use of higher-order thinking skills. Students are given opportunities to continue their studies through extension activities that might lead to the upgrading of a B to an A. Students that do not fully master units of study are awarded no passing grade.
There are 87 teachers currently employed at TIS, and 121 total staff. Teachers come mainly from the United States and Albania, with several other countries represented, including the UK, China, and Senegal. All teachers are certified.
Tirana International School offers a range of extra-curricular activities for students in the 5-year-old to the secondary level. Competitive sports and activities include volleyball, soccer, tennis, basketball, swimming, team robotics, model United Nations, cross country, and knowledge bowl. Musical activities include violin, guitar, piano, and choir. Younger children are offered a wide range of interest-based activities four times a week after school.
Tirana International School is a founding member of the Tirana Association of International Schools (TAIS) and a long-standing member of the Central and Eastern European School Association (CEESA). Middle school and secondary students participate in competitive and cultural events with member schools across Europe.
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