QSI International School of Astana, a member of Quality Schools International (QSI), is a private, non-profit, coeducational, college-preparatory institution. QSI schools serve international communities in cities where they are located. Twenty-five of the 35 QSI schools are in cities that house American Embassies or Consulates. The Office of Overseas Schools of the US Department of State give small grants to 17 of these locations, and QSI schools are the recipients. QSI Astana was founded in 2005 to provide a quality education in English for expatriates and local citizens who are seeking a English education option for their children.
QSI International School of Astana 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. Studies are tailored to meet the needs of each individual student.
The school encompasses Pre-K through Secondary IV with a current enrollment of 313. The middle school’s enrollment is 67 and there are 69 students in the high school. QSI Astana represents 35 different nationalities with 26% being citizens of the United States.
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. 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.