The American School of Kosova (ASK) was founded in 2003. It is now located in the center of Kosova’s capital city, Prishtina, and has become one of the landmarks of the city. ASK means more than a school to Kosova. It is indeed the bridge to the world for the young generations aspiring to be the leaders of tomorrow. The founding of ASK brought lots of hope and enthusiasm in the country for both the international community living in Kosova as well as the people from Kosova. For the international community it meant being able to bring their most loved ones to Kosova while they are living and working here and having their child(ren) get a high quality American education. For the local people it meant that the dream of getting an American education was being realized, without having to leave their country and family while still at a younger age. It also meant that the bridge to attending the best universities in the world was being built. The student population in 2003 was 105, and has now grown to be about 450 students, from pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, thus reaching our maximum space capacity.
ASK together with its wonderful community has become the most wanted school by most students and parents in the country, as well as one of the most wanted schools North American teachers want to be part of when considering to work internationally. With the successes that our students have shown, our name is among the most respected in the education community world-wide, which has been our vision from the beginning. We work hard to prepare our students for the best universities in the world. Many of our alumni receive scholarships to American and European universities. In the recent years, the average of the scholarships for graduating classes has totaled more than $2,000,000 every year. Individually, 4 students have earned scholarships as high as $180,000, and the highest scholarship earned (by Agon Kastrati, class of 2013) is $230,000.
The school operates with the principles of the American educational system and provides a curriculum that is U.S. State Department’s AERO Standards. Instruction is primarily in English, with the exceptions of courses of Albanian language, Albanian culture, Albanian history and foreign languages (German, Italian, and French). It is licensed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kosova, and accredited by the AdvancED, one of the largest accrediting agencies in the world. ASK is also one of the few schools in the world to be certified with ISO 9001:2008.
“Educating the leaders of tomorrow for a better future” is our school’s mission. This simple creed guides each decision we make at ASK.