For UK/EU Families

Authorizations from the IBO for curricular programmes were granted in 2002 for the PYP, 2004 for the DP, and 2017 for the MYP. The school was accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2007. 

“Diploma Programme students are well-rounded, multifaceted, multiskilled, and have studied in depth. They have good time-management skills. They score higher than students in other national systems, and the IB score is worldwide the same measure.”

Hrilina Lock
Undergraduate admissions manager, London School of Economics, UK

“When I interview for top jobs, I always look for people with a breadth of skills and knowledge. The IB Diploma provides this breadth, plus language skills and an all-round balance. It invariably gives applicants who hold it an advantage over other job candidates.”

 Peter Forbes
Head of Sales UK, Streamline Merchant Services, Royal Bank of Scotland

For university admissions around the world, the IB Diploma is the gold standard of world diplomas, and it is accepted in all EU countries and in the UK. Numerous sources attest to its desirability for the level of rigor and critical thinking required to receive high scores. Many students who finish IB education set their sights on the UK university system, where the IB Diploma has a clear advantage.

Principal Paula Holloway of St. Clare’s, Oxford made a comparison to British A level results:

“How difficult is the A-Level when compared with the IB Diploma? The maximum score achievable for the IB is 45. Only about 65 students worldwide are able to do so each year. The pass mark is 24 points.”

“The percentage of students achieving a Diploma each year has remained constant over the last decade, which indicates that, unlike the A-Level, there has been little grade inflation.”

Transferring between schools and programmes

Transferring back to a home country is a question parents consider when placing their child in an international school abroad. There are great advantages in what an IB learner gains. Students who participate in IB programs who then return to traditional systems find that they exceed their peers in areas of critical thinking, creativity, depth of learning, global awareness, and presentation skills. Students at ISE are world leaders in IT integration, and have clear digital fluency in all forms of media.

The IB approaches to learning skills allow students to obtain any information and content effectively in and outside school settings and help in transitioning between different national and international curriculums. Our transcripts and recommendations usually allow a smooth transition to another school. Many of our students have gained entrance into elite schools in places like the UK, Switzerland, and Denmark after attending ISE. In some cases, students have been immediately placed in honors programs due to their advanced abilities.

With the expansion of the IB program to thousands of schools worldwide, you may well be able to find an IB school in your new community. Sweden, for example, has 40 IB World schools, and in Britain, over 5000 students participate in IB programs. Students transition across IB schools with minimal disruption as the principles, values and expectations are the same between all IB schools.  If you need to look for an IB school for your transfer home, follow this link.

University bound

To summarize, the IB Diploma programme is one of the most difficult programmes on the planet. It requires student competency, dedication, and high-quality teaching: International School of Estonia provides this rigor. The IB Diploma Programme is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students. For further information, follow this link

University Guidance Counseling at ISE

Most university admissions provide a requirement of desirable scores and/or courses for entering their programmes. As the learners enter the Diploma Programme, the ISE University Guidance Counselor will help learners investigate these requirements to ensure students have the right courses and possibilities for the schools of their choice. A great advantage to students who study at ISE is a flow of university counseling in order to apply with recommendations and a CVs that works to their benefit. ISE provides help with writing essays and personal statements along with other matters involved in the process of applying to universities abroad. In general, it is our experience that students who are seeking English language university programmes are rated above their national peers in the admissions process and often receive special admissions and grants.