International education in Münster!
QSI International School of Münster stands as the only international school in Münster area where children of expatriate families can receive an accredited, American-style education in English. We are here to serve families during their stay in Münster, giving children a welcoming, safe place to learn and grow with small class sizes, highly qualified teachers, and the benefit of a mastery learning approach. Families of German nationals may also find that QSI Münster meets their family's needs for an English education. Since 1971, Quality Schools International has offered families and their children a rich learning environment in its global network of international schools.
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Application and Documents Needed
To apply, please prepare:
- the application, one copy per child: StudentRegistrationForm1.pdf
- supporting documents per child:
- previous school records
- past 2 years' records if available for ages 6-13
- none needed for preschool or kindergarten unless available
- ALL years for any high school (Secondary) credits previously earned
- passport copy for child(ren)
- prepare to pay the non-refundable registration fee of $300 USD (in cash or by bank transfer only) upon submission of the application
-please review the document from the German government about compulsory school attendance for all persons residing in Germany :CompulsorySchoolAttendancenew1.pdf
Our Preschool and Elementary program is for students ages 3 through 11. Class sizes are small with an average of 7 students per class. Classes are combined age levels, with typically 2 ages per class. Preschool and elementary are homeroom-style classes with one head teacher and with German taught by the specialist teacher. For students still gaining English fluency, Intensive English support is available.
Placement is made by birth date:
Age Level Class
Age on or before 31 October
3 year old
|4 year old||4||Preschool|
|5 year old||5||American "kindergarten"|
|6 year old||6||1st|
|7 year old||7||2nd|
|8 year old||8||3rd|
|9 year old||9||4th|
|10 year old||10||5th|
|11 year old||11||6th|
Our Middle School is for students ages 12-13. Class size is typically 8-12 students with ages 12 and 13 combined. Middle school classes are taught by 4-5 content-area teachers. For students still gaining English fluency, Intensive English support is available.
Placement is made by birth date:
|Age Level Class||Age on or before 31 October||Grade|
|12 year old||12||7th|
|13 year old||13||8th|
Our Secondary School consists of students who have successfully completed a middle school program and are earning credits towards graduating with a QSI U.S.-accredited high school diploma. The Secondary school as a whole is on average 8-12 students with 2-4 students in each grade level of high school. Classes are taught by 4-5 content-area teachers and some courses are combined age-levels. Students can choose to take online courses as needed through QSI's Quality Virtual School (QVS) to meet graduation requirements or have a larger selection of course options. Advanced Placement courses are available either in-person or through QVS on an individual-needs basis.
For students still gaining English fluency, Intensive English support is available in Secondary I and II years. A student's English language fluency is determined during the admissions process to ensure that success in the Secondary program is possible with limited Intensive English support.
Placement is based on evaluation of previous academic records:
|Secondary I||14 - 15||9th|
|Secondary II||15 - 16||10th|
|Secondary III||16 - 17||11th|
|Secondary IV||17 - 18||12th|
- Is there a deadline or time frame for applying?
- Are new students only accepted at the beginning of the school year?
- Does my child need to be fluent in English to go to your school?
- Will my child need to take a test? What if they fail the entrance test?
- Is QSI Münster accredited and what type of diploma will my child receive?
- My child has an identified learning or behavioral need: what accommodations are made for children with special learning needs?
- Tuition and Fees
- I'm a German national - can my child attend your school?
- I'm not yet in Germany - how can I get more information?
- My child is nervous about a new school! How can you help him or her feel more comfortable?
Is there a deadline or time frame for applying?
Are new students only accepted at the beginning of the school year?
Does my child need to be fluent in English to go to your school?
QSI schools offer Intensive English support for elementary and middle school students based on their English language fluency levels, which are assessed during the admissions process. For students ages 6 and older, we may give them a screening test for English before they begin school so we know how best to meet their language needs. Preschool students enjoy an English-language environment where they are immersed in the language.
English language fluency is carefully considered for students entering our Secondary program. Intensive English support can be offered for students in the Secondary I and II classes, but students and their families should be aware that success in the high school program requires a certain level of English fluency. Students still gaining English fluency can and have earned their QSI high school diploma in their time at QSI Münster!
Will my child need to take a test? What if they fail the entrance test?
The Director will decide if it will help the school to have your child take the placement test. There is no "failing" the placement test. The placement test helps us get a first look at your child's abilities and English fluency so that we can begin to place them appropriately. The placement test is just one way we will get to know your child! Children 5 and younger do not take a placement test.
Is QSI Münster accredited and what type of diploma will my child receive?
QSI Münster has been accredited since it's first year of operation by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. This is one of the major accrediting bodies in the U.S. for public and private schools, and many international schools use MSA as their main body of accreditation. Student grade reporting includes details of courses and specific units studied so that a student's future schools can get a detailed understanding of their learning during their time with QSI. Narrative reports are also issued 3 times a year.
A high school diploma earned at QSI Münster is recognized in the U.S. and abroad. Some German universities will recognize the diploma if a student is on an English-language or international track. QSI offers a General Diploma and an Academic Diploma with or without honors depending on the courses completed in the Secondary program. AP classes are available on an individual-needs basis either in-person or virtually through QSI's Quality Virtual School.
My child has an identified learning or behavioral need: what accommodations are made for children with special learning needs?
If your child has a previous IEP, 504 or other academic learning plan or educational psychological report from a previous school, QSI will be able to evaluate the previous plan and determine if our campus can provide suitable accommodations. In many situations, the school is able to provide adjustments within the classroom to support your child.
Quality Schools International has made considerable gains in the area of special needs with the development of a special needs policy. This policy is the foundation for our learning support framework created to serve students with mild to moderate learning challenges who may need accommodations to master the curriculum. With the support of Regional Learning Support Coordinators, QSI is able to develop and support appropriate academic and/or behavioral learning plans to meet the needs of each individual student. For more information about specific learning support services at QSI International School of Münster, please contact us directly for more details.
Tuition and Fees
I'm a German national - can my child attend your school?
Students aged 3-7 years of age can attend QSI. Beyond the age of 7, German nationals and residents will need to acquire permission from their region's educational department to attend QSI. Depending on a family’s situation, older children can attend our school. For more information on this process, please contact the school. We are happy to explain the process.
Please review the document about compulsory school attendance by German law here: CompulsorySchoolAttendancenew1.pdf
I'm not yet in Germany - how can I get more information?
We know that deciding on a school for your children is a big life decision. QSI International School of Münster is here to support you in the process. We can arrange conference calls with the school administrator, teachers or current parents in order to gain more information about our school or to help your child feel connected if you have already decided to join us. Reach out the the school director and a meeting can be arranged: https://goo.gl/maps/rvL7LHFVT5vdGzxN7
My child is nervous about a new school! How can you help him or her feel more comfortable?
While moving to a new school can be exciting, the change in a school campus can make a child nervous. Moving to a new country can make it even more challenging! QSI International School of Münster wants to make sure your child has the smoothest transition to our program. Depending on your child’s comfort level, the school can help facilitate a group call with a future class, arrange for a pen-pal, or place the future teacher in contact with the family. The school is open to other ideas in order to support your child’s transition to QSI International School of Münster.