The International School of Estonia (ISE) is a coeducational day school that offers an educational program for students ages three to 20 of all nationalities. ISE was founded in 1995. The 2020-2021 school year comprises two semesters from August 24 to June 18.
Organization: ISE is governed by a board of governors elected by members of the nonprofit parent association. ISE is organized into an International Baccalaureate PYP elementary school (preschool–grade 5), MYP middle school (grades 6-10), and a DP Diploma Program (grades 11-12). 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 World School. The language of instruction is English. ISE is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). ISE exceeds international averages for IB Diploma scores and has had a 100% pass rate for the last six years (international average is 78%) with students moving on to top universities worldwide such as Oxford and Yale. ISE offers a wide variety of cost-free after-school activities to its community.
Innovation: ISE was named a “Best Practice Pioneer” by Cambridge University’s Student Union in 2017. The school is visited by Ministries of Education from around the world, especially in regard to its use of flexible and comfortable learning spaces coupled with very high academic results. The school promotes the idea of “compassionate space” based on the neuroscience of learning.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year there are 28 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 133 (preschool-grade 12).
Facilities: ISE is located in the heart of downtown Tallinn with a less than 10-minute walk to the U.S. Embassy. The school has gone through extensive renovation in recent years with a new playground, science labs, cafeteria, computer cafe, Learning Commons, flooring in the lower school classrooms, and additional individual/group workspaces. The school has a trend-setting IT infrastructure to accommodate the 1:1 iPad program and the numerous desktop computers throughout the school. Apple computers, various universities, and the Center for Innovation in Education have recognized ISE for its innovative learning environment.
Finances: ISE derives 81% of its income from tuition. For the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: Preschool (Age 3 & 4): €6,752; kindergarten-grade 5: €19,392; grades 6-10: €20,864; and grades 11-12: €21,636. There is an additional one-time nonrefundable registration fee of €600. All new students in reception to grade 12 are invoiced a one-time capital levy fee of €3,000. (All fees quoted in euros.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.