Student Initial Enrollment Contract
I. “THE GJERASIM D. QIRIAZI” FOUNDATION, registered with the Court of Tirana on 8 August 1995, no. 8229, represented by the Executive Director, Roger Pearce, hereafter referred to as “THE FOUNDATION.”
The above-mentioned parties, in accordance with their free will and based on the Labour Code of the Republic of Albania, are in agreement with the contents of the contract laid out as follows:
1.1 THE FOUNDATION is engaged in the area of education by means of GDQ International Christian School, a private 12-year school licensed with the Albanian Ministry of Education.
1.2 THE PARENT wishes to register his/her child (herein used in reference to all children of THE PARENT) for the aforementioned private school, GDQ International Christian School.
2.1 By means of this contract, THE FOUNDATION commits to registering the child for GDQ International Christian School.
2.2 THE FOUNDATION will offer instruction to the aforementioned child through qualified teachers. Learning standards and course descriptions, approved by the Albanian Ministry of Education, are found on the GDQ internal Sycamore Education website
2.3 Upon graduation, THE FOUNDATION will present a graduation diploma and an official transcript, testifying to the completion of the program.
2.4 THE FOUNDATION is committed to preparing students for a university education.
- GDQ is MSA-CESS (Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools) and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) accredited. The school is fully compliant with the Albanian Ministry of Education. The College Board recognizes GDQ as an official testing site.
- Careful attention is given to ensure that students graduating from GDQ International Christian School have the qualifications needed to apply to their universities of choice. The school, however, recognizes that its graduates attend institutions of higher learning throughout the world. GDQ cannot be held responsible if an institution chooses not to accept a GDQ student’s high school diploma or transcripts.
- Parents who plan to have their child graduate from GDQ should verify that universities/countries where their child would potentially be attending will recognize course work completed at GDQ.
Article 3: Length of Contract
3.1 This contract is legally binding for a defined period, beginning on the first day of the school year and ending on the last day of the school year.
Article 4: Fees and Payments
4.1 In exchange for the service offered by THE FOUNDATION in Article 1 above, THE PARENT is required to pay a non-refundable registration fee, determined each year by the FOUNDATION. This is an annual fee.
4.2 Tuition fees are determined each year by the FOUNDATION. Tuition fees are payable as a single payment due by the end of the first week of the school year or in two installments. If paid in two installments, the first payment is due by the end of the first week of the school year and the second payment is due by the end of the first week of school following the Christmas and New Year holidays. Tuition fees change yearly and, historically, have increased from year to year.
4.3 Families are entitled to apply for financial assistance. The application, in and of itself, does not guarantee a reduction in tuition fee.
4.4 To help with equipment purchases and other capital improvements for the school, all new families will pay a one-time capital levy fee of 75000 leke per family.
4.5 Evangelical protestant missionary families who leave GDQ International Christian School for a set period of time with the intention of returning to the school may be asked to pay a retainer fee per child in order to hold a position for each child.
4.6 The FOUNDATION will pay for the cost of the external examinations associated with Cambridge International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) and College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations.
Article 5: Responsibilities
5.1 THE FOUNDATION agrees to the following:
- To offer instruction to the child for the duration of the academic year according to the teaching program.
- To ensure the safety of the child during the school day.
- To inform and/or to request a conference with THE PARENT in the event of problems or concerns involving the child.
- To gain parent permission prior to any formal assessments that the school believes would help the school address a child’s learning needs. This may include a formal psychological assessment, not to be included in the child’s permanent record.
5.2 THE PARENT agrees to the following:
- To send his/her child to school. THE PARENT is freed from this responsibility if his/her child cannot attend school for valid and justifiable reasons (illness, for example).
- To pay regularly and promptly for his/her child’s education (Article 4 above).
- To pay the cancellation fee incurred if, by extenuating circumstances, a student is not able to take a Cambridge IGCSE or College Board AP exam and the exam has already been ordered (Article 4 above).
- To abide by any consequence arising from the child’s disrespect for school rules as laid out in the school handbook or in the event that the child chooses not to obey a rule or request made by THE FOUNDATION, the school director, or the child’s teachers.
- To give serious consideration to the school’s request for formal assessments, as needed, that will help the school address a child’s learning needs. This may include a formal psychological assessment, not to be included in the child’s permanent record.
Article 6: Termination of Contract
6.1 The contract may be terminated by either party for the following reasons:
- When either of the aforementioned parties does not fulfill the requirements of this contract.
- If the parties come to a mutual agreement.
- Upon request by THE PARENT, due to the family permanently leaving Tirana or Albania.
- If the child behaves in an offensive manner, behaves in a manner that endangers the safety or well-being of another student, or damages the reputation of the school.
- If the child commits a crime.
- If the child willfully chooses not to uphold GDQ school policies.
- Should the administration expel the child from GDQ, the contract will automatically become null and void. See Article 7.2 regarding appealing a student expulsion.
Article 7: Miscellaneous
7.1 Grievances between THE FOUNDATION and THE PARENT will be resolved by mutual agreement. In the event that this cannot be done, the legal organization for resolving grievances is the “Gjykata e Shkallëssë Parë” in Tirana.
7.2 Any grievance must be submitted in writing to the Foundation, care of the GDQ Board of Directors, within ten (10) working days.
7.3 THE FOUNDATION, at the discretion of the board, may amend this contract at any time. In so doing, this contract will become null and void. THE FOUNDATION will issue a new contract requiring the PARENT signature.
7.4 Both THE FOUNDATION and the PARENT will have a signed copy of this document.
I declare that I have read the contract of enrollment. I accept this contract on the terms and conditions outlined above.
I have read and support GDQ International Christian School’s vision, mission, and philosophy of education statements.
I have read, understand, and agree to allow my child to be instructed in alignment with GDQ’s statement of faith.