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International Schools in Latvia

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Latvia with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Latvia. Schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others run under the French system.

Education in Latvia

Education in Latvia is free and compulsory between the ages of 7 until 15. The education system is administered at three levels - national, municipal and institutional. The curriculum is determined by the national basic education standard. Pupils who have received evaluation in all subjects of the compulsory education curriculum, national tests and examinations receive a Certificate of basic education (aplieciba par pamatizglitibu). If a pupil does not receive evaluation in any of the subjects or centralized national tests and examinations, he/she receives a school report (lieciba) giving the right to continue education and training in basic vocational education programmes.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Latvia. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.

There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. 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

  • Council of International Schools (CoIS) 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.
  • European Association for International Education (EAIE) is the European centre for expertise, networking and resources.

International Schools in Riga

International School of Latvia (ISL)
Address: Meistaru iela 2
Pinki Babites pag, Babites novads LV-2107
Tel: 371 67755146
Tuition Rates: €6,500 - 14,700 per year

An international school providing English-language curriculum. The 3 IB programs are offered for children from primary to secondary classes.

International School of Riga (ISR)
Address: Zvejnieku 12
Riga, Latvia
Tel: 371 67 624 622
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The International School of Riga is an International Baccalaureate World School and Cambridge International Centre. ISR provides a learning focused education in English for students aged 2-16. It is internationally accredited by CoIS and locally accredited by the Latvian Ministry of Education.

Baltic International Academy (BIA)
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Once known as Baltic Russian Institute, Students can study English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Latvian and Russian as foreign languages. It is a member of EAIE.

French International Schools in Riga

École Française Jules Verne de Riga
Address: Rupniecibasiela 32
Riga LV-1045 Lettonie
Tel: (371) 29 14 17 91
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

French language school that caters to Ecole maternelle to Grande section (GS). Curriculum is approved by the L'Agence pour l'enseignement du français à l'étranger (AEFE).