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 elementary, our student-teacher ratio allows even more support to take place in the classroom so that all students are provided continued opportunities to be successful. Both the homeroom teacher and the assistant teacher are directly involved in instruction, corrective teaching, and they encourage students to work to the best of their potential. Our TIS students experience a warm, inviting, and friendly classroom environment; one which focuses on positive interactions and incorporates important success orientations such as kindness and politeness, group interaction, and others. The elementary classes are an exciting place to be at TIS!