DP and ISE Diploma Programme: Grades 11-12


The International School of Estonia offers a very successful programme of academic instruction leading to a high school diploma and the possibility of the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Students may pursue options in grades 11 and 12:

1) ISE Diploma Only. A fully accredited high school diploma certified by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) which provides students with access to worldwide universities.

2) ISE Diploma with registration for the full IB Diploma. Students can successfully complete the ISE Diploma simultaneously while preparing for the internal and external requirements of the IB Diploma.

The IB Diploma Programme at ISE

Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, globalized world, requires critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness, something that International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program students come to know and understand.

Please visit the IBDP webpage if you need more information about the programme.

IB Courses offered at the International School of Estonia

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

English Language and Literature (SL/HL)

Estonian Literature (SL/HL)

Self-taught Languages (SL) *

Group 2: Language Acquisition

French B (SL/HL)

French AB Initio (SL)

Spanish B (SL) (through Pamoja)

Spanish AB Initio (SL) (through Pamoja)

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

History (SL/HL)

Business Management (SL/HL) (in conjunction with partner school)

Psychology (SL/HL) (in conjunction with partner school)

Other Group 3 subjects (through Pamoja)

Group 4: Sciences

Biology (SL/HL)

Chemistry (SL/HL)

Design Technology (SL/HL)

Physics (SL/HL) (in conjunction with partner school)

Group 5: Mathematics

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (SL/HL)

Group 6: The Arts

Film (SL/HL)

Visual Arts (SL/HL)

*Students whose native language is not offered at the school may take a self-taught IBO approved language course

International School of Estonia (ISE) and Tallinn English College (TIK) collaboration in IB Diploma Programme

In the 2019, International School of Estonia (ISE) and Tallinn English College (TIK) entered into a teaching collaboration in the IB subject domains of Mathematics, Individuals & Societies as well as Experimental Sciences. Through this agreement, students can attend courses offered by the partner school. As a result of this cooperation, there are more possible options to choose from in the IBDP Group 3 and Group 5 subject areas. Please contact the school office for more information.

ISE Diploma Curriculum

The high school curriculum is predominantly college preparatory. Most graduates continue their educational careers at universities in North America and Europe. Graduates receive an ISE High School Diploma.

Requirements for ISE High School Diploma

The minimum requirement for students who have been enrolled in ISE since the ninth grade (or those who transfer to our school in grade 10 or 11) is to accumulate 22 credits as listed below. A TOEFL score of 80+ is required for non-native speakers.

ISE Graduation Requirements



Language and Literature (English)4
Individuals and Societies (History)3
Foreign Languages/Additional Language2
Physical Health Education1
Art/Music/Design/IB core requirements*/Electives**6
Total22 Credits

*IB core requirements: DP TOK, CAS and MYP Service and Action (SA)/Personal Project can be put towards credits.
**Electives: courses transferred from previous school(s), independent certified study, additional certified courses can be put towards credits.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Global Entrepreneurship scholarship
  • Margaret Sanders Scholarship
  • Council of International Schools Student Award

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.

Universities attended by ISE graduates over the last five years:

Baltic Film and Media School
Elizabethtown University (USA)
Erasmus University of Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Estonian Academy of Art (Estonia)
Estonian Business School (Estonia)
Estonian School of Music (Estonia)
Hong Kong University
Glasgow University (Ireland)
Hogeschool Rotterdam (Netherlands)
HZ University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
Loughbrough University
London School of Art (UK)
Manchester University (UK)
Oxford University (UK)
Portsmouth University (UK)
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture (USA)
Tallinn University (Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School)
Tartu University (Estonia)
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
University of Brighton (UK)
University of British Columbia (Canada)
University of Dundee (UK)
University of Exeter (UK)
University of Groningen (Holland)
University of Kingston (UK)
University of Leeds (UK)
University of Manchester
University of Moscow (Russia)
Yale NUS

Contact Information: Ashley Wallace
IB Diploma Coordinator

Contact Information: David Hagen
University Guidance Counselor

IB DP Parent Pack

ISE DP Handbook

IB DP Guide for Parents

FAQs about the DP