The International School of Estonia offers a comprehensive education to children aged 3 to 19 years (Pre-school to Grade 12) who wish to maintain continuity with their home country education or to join with an English speaking program. The school is operated on a non-profit basis by a Board of Directors elected annually by the parents of children in the school. Parents participate in the life of school by serving on school committees, organizing extra-curricular activities and volunteering in the school.
Since it opened in September 1995, the number of students has grown from 20 to the current enrollment of approximately 115, who represent 25 nationalities. The teaching staff also has a wide background of international experience, and represent training from France, U.S., U. K., Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Uruguay and Estonia.
Curriculum - The school is fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the Primary Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. The ISE Middle School Program is based on internationally accepted best practices for students in grades 6-9.
The curriculum is based on 7, equally valued core strands – English, mathematics, sciences, social studies, the arts and wellness. These strands are enriched by classes in information technology and Estonian culture.
ISE students have attended field trips to Romania, Siberia, France, Moscow, Germany, Sweden, Finland, and numerous locations in Estonia.
Accreditation/Affiliations - ISE is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In addition to its affiliation with the IBO, ISE is a member of the European Council of International Schools. The school is also licensed by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Estonia. ISE is also an authorized center for the Cambridge Admissions Tests.
Student Body - The ISE student body is drawn primarily from European, Scandinavian and North American families who are in Estonia for business or diplomatic assignments; however, the school is also open to Estonian children. For the school year 2009-10, the student body included the following nationalities:
Activities - ISE encourages participation in after-school activities as an extension of the academic program. A varied and interesting list of offerings is established at the start of each semester. Past offerings have included archery, Tai Kwan Do, ballet, tap dancing, video editing, piano, handicrafts, computer club, guitar, badminton, chess club, video club, basketball, etc. In addition, during the regular school day, students can choose from an assortment of electives, including photography, the literary magazine, basketball, Knowledge Bowl prep and creative problem solving and Odyssey of the Mind.
Facilities - The school is located in the central district of Tallinn, and currently has 2400 square meters of space on two levels. The school has 19 full-time classrooms, a dedicated science lab, a library (with 10,000+ volumes), a gymnasium and playground areas for sport and break times. The school takes advantage of the excellent facilities offered at Tallinna Spordihall and the Tallinna Kalevi Tenniseklubi less than 100 meters away. Older students have a choice of various hot and cold meals in the cafeteria, while Pre-school and Reception students have a fixed-price meal. The school has a student/computer ratio of 1 to 1.4, 3 times better than the international average. The entire school is Wifi accessible and fully networked.
Postgraduate Studies - ISE students have been accepted at respected universities around the world. We are proud of their achievements and wish them well in their studies and welcome them back to visit whenever they are in Tallinn. Colleges attended by ISE graduates include:
|London School of Art (UK)||Oxford Brookes University (UK)|
|Université Jean Moulin Lyon (France)||University of Aberdeen (UK)|
|University College, London (UK)||University of Dundee (UK)|
|University of Kingston (UK)||University of Southampton (UK)|
|University of Sterling (UK)||University of Strathclyde (UK)|
|University of Connecticut (USA)||Whitman College (USA)|
|Polk Community College||University of Connecticut (USA)|
|Whitman College (USA)||Polk Community College (USA)|
|Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (Switzerland)||Hogeschool Rotterdam [degree: Physical Therapy] (Netherlands)|
|Hogeschool Utrecht (graduate degree: Pediatric PT (Netherlands)||Instituto Europeo Di Design (Spain)|
|Portobello College (Ireland)||University of Brussels (Belgium)|
|University of Moscow (Russia)||University of Warsaw (Poland)|
|Wyszyński University – Warsaw (Poland)||University of Oxford (UK)|