School Profile

Class in sessionThe 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 17 to the current enrollment of approximately 141, who represent 29 nationalities. The teaching staff also has a wide background of international experience, and represent training from the U.S., U. K., Portugal, France, Uruguay, Japan 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. In the 2014-2015 school year ISE was accepted as an IB MYP Candidate School. ISE will go for full authorization in December 2016.

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 2014-2015, the student body included the following nationalities:

American1410% Estonian/Slovenian21% Japanese21%
American/Estonian11% Finnish43% Latvian21%
Armenian11% French11% Latvian/German11%
Austrian43% German43% Lithuanian32%
Austrian/British11% Greek32% Mexican32%
Brazilian/Swedish21% Hungarian/Polish21% Norwegian43%
British54% Indian11% Russian2417%
Bulgarian21% Israeli54% Spanish11%
Canadian11% Italian11% Swedish32%
Estonian4330%     Turkish11%

Total: 141

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, Tallinna Kalevi Tenniseklubi and Tallinna Kalev Stadium 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 1:1 iPad program. 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)
Université Jean Moulin Lyon (France)
University College, London (UK)
University of Kingston (UK)
University of Sterling (UK)
University of Connecticut (USA)
Polk Community College
Whitman College (USA)
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Hogeschool Utrecht (graduate degree: Pediatric PT (Netherlands)
Portobello College (Ireland)
University of Moscow (Russia)
Wyszyński University – Warsaw (Poland)
Oxford Brookes University (UK)
University of Aberdeen (UK)
University of Dundee (UK)
University of Southampton (UK)
University of Strathclyde (UK)
Whitman College (USA)
University of Connecticut (USA)
Polk Community College (USA)
Hogeschool Rotterdam [degree: Physical Therapy] (Netherlands)
Instituto Europeo Di Design (Spain)
University of Brussels (Belgium)
University of Warsaw (Poland)
University of Oxford (UK)