The International School of Estonia (ISE) is a coeducational day school, which offers an educational program for students ages 2 to 20 of all nationalities. ISE was founded in 1995. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 22 to June 8.
Organization: ISE is governed by a Board of Governors elected by members of the non-profit parent Association. ISE is organized into an elementary school (preschool – grade 5), middle school (grades 6-9) and Diploma Academy (grades 10-12). It is recognized and fully licensed by the Education Ministry of the Estonian government.
Curriculum: ISE offers a comprehensive education program with an international curriculum. ISE is fully authorized as an International Baccalaureate PYP and Diploma Program school, with an ISE Middle School Program for grades 6-9. The language of instruction is English. ISE is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and New England Association of Schools and Colleges. ISE has an IB Diploma graduation rate of 93%.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 26 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 100 (preschool-grade 12).
Facilities: ISE is located in a former vocational school in the central district of Tallinn. The building was built in the mid 1800's and originally was a summer stable for the Czar's cavalry. The facility is within walking distance of most points in the central area of the city. Specialist areas include a newly equipped science laboratory, a gymnasium with showers and changing rooms, an ESL room, a cafeteria, a 12 station computer laboratory (MACs) for lower school, and a 16 station computer laboratory (laptops) for upper school. ISE also has a newly renovated library; a newly renovated, fenced playground; an outdoor basketball court and utilizes the Tallinn sports hall for upper school PE classes.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, ISE's income derives 95% from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS3 (1/2 day): €3,089; PS4 (full day): €4,078; Kdg.-grade 5: €15,015; grades 6-10: €16,309; and grades 11-12: €16,766. There is an additional one-time non-refundable registration fee of €250 for Preschool and €500 for grades Kindergarten to Grade 12. All new students are assessed a one-time capital levy fee of €2000. The capital levy fee begins with enrollment into kindergarten. These fees are payable in euros or Estonian kroons. (All fees are quoted in euros.)