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Bishkek International School

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Mr. James Steward, Director
Bishkek International School
DOS/Administrative Officer
7040 Bishkek Place
Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20521-7040
Tel. 996-312-66-35-03
E-mail qsibis@elcat.kg


The Bishkek International School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from ages 3 to 17 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1994. The school year comprises 3 terms extending from September 4 to December 15, from January 9 to March 16, and from March 26 to June 15.

Organization: The School is governed by the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International, the membership of which is formed as set forth in the Bylaws of Quality Schools International. An Advisory Board, composed of 6 to 10 members who reside in Bishkek, assists the School in its operation. The School operates with the approval of the Kyrgyzstan government.

Curriculum: The School offers an outcomes-based educational program with a curriculum similar to that of U.S. public and private schools. Instruction, leading to individual mastery, takes advantage of small class sizes and the diverse educational backgrounds of the students. Instruction is in English. Courses include English, mathematics, cultural studies, science, computer literacy, art, music, physical education, Russian and French. A full extracurricular program is also in place.

Faculty: There are 4 full-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 3 Canadian citizens and 1 Indian national.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 26. Of the total, 8 were U.S. citizens, 2 were host-country nationals, and 16 were third-country nationals.

Facilities: The facilities are adequate for the current enrollment, and there is sufficient playground space for the students.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, 98 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Kdg.(age 5): $8,500; and ages 6-17: $11,000. The School also charges an annual capital fund fee of $1,600 or a capital fund deposit of $4,000 per student, and a registration fee of $100. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.