Placement,  transition and language

Every effort will be made to find the best programme to match each child’s skills and knowledge.  The pupil’s initial placement will be based on the documents submitted to the school by the parents or guardians and the meeting between the family and the school.

During the children’s first four weeks they will be observed and the suitability of their placement monitored by teachers in close cooperation with parents or guardians.  The pupil’s definitive placement will be approved by the Teachers’ Council generally within four weeks of admission.

In order to ensure a smooth adjustment to their new school, IST runs a Transition Programme for pupils and their families.  The Programme includes parent-teacher meetings, English language-learning support and individualised study programmes.

All subjects are taught through the medium of English.  In addition, English is also taught as a subject.

Pupils who speak little English may enrol in our school and we will support them as they learn through our personalised methods using a variety of games, visual resources and tasks that activate both motor and creative skills.  

We also encourage acquisition of the local language and culture.  All pupils commence Estonian as a Second Language from Grade One and the same methods and care are taken to stimulate inquiry and ability.

Pupils who have a working knowledge of English may start to learn a foreign language in Third Grade.  Pupils may choose Russian, German or French.   It is possible to study a foreign language either as part of the curriculum or as an extra-curricular activity. 

Our teaching staff comprises teachers who are native speakers and teachers with an Advanced level (C1) of English.