Tirana International School’s elementary program is designed to meet the unique needs of students age 5 to 10. We offer a full range of academic classes as well as a thorough specials program consisting of art, music, technology, library, and physical education. We also offer multiple levels of French, Spanish, German language for students 5 year-olds and older.
Our Reading, Writing, and Mathematics programs are based on the “Common Core” in the United States. Each class has 10 units that must be mastered before moving to the next class. Course work is both age- and developmentally appropriate, and requires students of all ages to apply what they learn as they learn it.
Our Science and Cultural Studies courses are inquiry-based and students are often engaged in interdisciplinary projects, incorporating environmental stewardship and physical fitness into their units of study. Each class has five units that must be mastered each year.
We believe that a strong academic program must also have a strong “specials” program. Students participate in musical performances, study art movements and artists, learn to be digital citizens, choose “good fit books”, and learn how to integrate healthful fitness habits into their lives.
Throughout our program, students are engaged in projects and field trips which give them hands-on experiences, especially as they learn about our host country and the environment. Our students are excited to come to school each day, and they find that they are constantly learning and mastering new material.
A popular and enriching part of the TIS experience for elementary school students, beginning at age 5, is the after-school program. Many of these activities are simply for fun and social interaction; however, some are curricular-related—activities.
TIS is committed to teaching children habits and skills that help them to build character, manage emotional and social situations, and keep themselves safe. Currently, we have a full range of lessons on Child Protection that we teach children of all ages. We also incorporate lessons to support the Success Orientations and Social Emotional Development of the students.
In our elementary division, we wholeheartedly embody the QSI mission statement in all aspects of our work. Our teachers strive to establish vibrant academic settings where our students not only receive exceptional care and support but also face meaningful challenges. Our dedication to nurturing the individual learning journey of each student aligns with our mastery learning philosophy. We firmly believe that every student has the potential to succeed, and this belief profoundly influences how we structure our classrooms, design our academic units, and make instructional and placement choices.
The elementary department is deeply committed to cultivating an environment that fosters a genuine love for learning, ensuring that our students have an enjoyable educational experience.
Elementary Director of Instruction