History of World Academy of Tirana

The World Academy of Tirana was founded in 2010 in response to the request of a number of parents who had their children at the International Montessori School of Albania. They liked the top quality provided, the International mindedness of the International Montessori School of Albania and the ethos of the founder, Mirlinda Boshnjaku who herself is the result of top tier international education and experience in UK, USA, China and other countries.

Parents wanted to have a continuation of the above ethos in their children’s primary education. After exploring different options available, the International Montessori School of Albania decided to expand its service with the IB programmes representing its values at the best. The mission of the school can be described as a genuine interest in student learning, a belief in the value of collaboration and a cooperative approach to making positive outcomes possible.

The school started with 6 students in 2010 in two villas in the centre of Tirana and within four years expanded to 175 students in four villas. The school became a PYP candidate school in 2011 and was authorised in 2014. Likewise the school is in the process of obtaining MYP authorisation and will host the IB authorisation visit in 2016. The IB has just granted the school IB Diploma candidate status. We expect to start offering the IB DP in 2017. In the meantime, until we are IBDP authorised and until our first IBDP cohort graduates in 2019, our Grade 11 and 12 students will work towards their AP exams in 2017 and 2018.

In 2015, the school, after considering several options for more suitable premises, found the current location, a large, modern and well equipped building located at the best suburb of Tirana-Lunder. Post building purchase, was followed by hard work, creative solutions and a huge amount of commitment to renovate the school to suit the needs of our IB programme and our age group. The school successfully opened its doors for its 210 students on Friday 4 September 2015.