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International Schools in Estonia

You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Estonia with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Estonia. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French education system.

Education in Estonia

Estonia's education is based on the system of the 13-14th centuries when the first monastic and cathedral schools were founded. Today's system is based on four levels which include the pre-school, basic, secondary and higher education. This consists of nine-year compulsory and comprehensive school (Estonian põhikool, "basic school").

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Estonia. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, or France. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English or French. Schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

  • The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) is among the premier accrediting associations in the world.

Tartu

Tartu International School (TIS)
Address: Veski 1
Tartu, 51005, Estonia
Tel: 372 742 4241
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

TIS is a private school that offers English language instruction for students from age 6 to 15. It follows a college preparatory school curriculum based on an international curriculum and is accredited by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

Tallinn

International School of Estonia (ISE)
Address: Juhkentali 18
10132 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372-666-4380
Tuition Rates: €3,302 - 17,254 per year

This school caters to children aged 3 to 19 with a curriculum based on the programs of the International Baccalaureate Organization and taught in the English language.

International School of Tallinn (IST)
Address: Suur-Sõjamäe 10a,
Tallinn, 11415, Estonia
Tel: +372 5682 9331
Email: info@ist.ee
Tuition Rates: €7,500 per year (25% discount in 2017/2018)

IST is an international private school accredited by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. The school will cover full cycle of general education taught in English providing currently instruction for students from age 6 to 12 and gradually for pupils aged 13-19 in a few years from now. Kalli-Kalli kindergarten serves as a preschool for IST by offering nursery education for kids aged 3 to 6. The study programme is aiming to unite the approach of IB (International Baccalaureate) programmes and the content of national curricula.

Tallinn International Kindergarten
Address: Väike-Ameerika 39
10129 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 5341 1884
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language kindergarten.

Tallinn European School
Address: Tehnika 18
10149 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 735 0550
Tuition Rates: €3,300 - 4,725 per year

TES is an Accredited European School established by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research to provide a multilingual international education at Nursery, Primary and Secondary levels for children aged 4 to 19. The schoolfollows the European Schools’ curriculum (EB). Two language sections: English and French.

French School in Tallinn

Tallinna Prantsuse Lütseum
Address: Hariduse 3, Tallinn 10119
Õpetajate tuba 6 463 626
Sekretär 6 462 199
Tel: 6 461 816
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Tallinn French School is a co-educational comprehensive secondary school. It consists of basic school (from 7 to 16) and secondary school (16-19) levels. Students learn three foreign languages from an early age: French from year one, Russian from year three and English from year four.

Les Petits Francophones
Address: 20 Toom Kuninga
15 185 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: (372) 6 461 306
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A French language school recognized by the Ministry of Education of France.