The History of QSI

QSI is an outgrowth of Sanaa International School, founded in Yemen in 1971 by James E. Gilson. Sanaa International School opened in September 1971 with four students and grew to over 200 within a few years. The QSI organization’s history is related to the founder`s first assignment in Yemen.
Two decades later, in May of 1991, Mr. Gilson travelled to Albania to have a look at a country just emerging from over 45 years of dictatorial rule. During his time there, Mr. Gilson met some key people in the Tirana community and made a decision to begin Tirana International School.
As a result of the decision to establish the school in Albania, the founders, Jim Gilson and Duane Root, created Quality Schools International. QSI continues its expansion resulting in an organization that today offers excellence in education in 31 different countries.


Professional Development

QSI offers Professional Development for administrators, counselors, teachers, and paraprofessionals. Professional Development may be offered online, at a school, within a region, or at the organizational level. Some Professional Development opportunities are in-house, while others involve outside presenters.

Master of Science.

This opportunity is provided to a cohort of QSI teachers through the State University of New York. Ten courses are conducted via a hybrid approach: online courses, summer institutes, and professional development classes.


Educators around the world


Years of average faculty experience

60% +

Educators with Master's or Doctorate degree

95% +

Native English Speakers

QSI’s Employment Application


Quality Schools International is a large family of international schools with 37 schools in 31 countries. QSI encourages certified educators to apply.

If you are certified teacher seeking employment for the 2020-2021 school-year, please complete the QSI Application





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