IST School Supply List

• Backpack
• #2 Pencils (many)
• Pens (black and red. Grades 5-8)
• Erasers
• Pencil Box or Pencil Pouch/Case
• Pencil Sharpener
• Colored Pencils
• Calculator (Grades 3-8)
• Oil pastels
• Felt-tip markers (Grades 3-8)
• 2 Dry Erase Markers
• Highlighters
• Measuring stick/Ruler
• 5 inch Blunt Tip or Pointed Tip Scissors (age appropriate)
• 4 Glue sticks
• 4 Notebooks
• Lined paper not in a notebook
• Flat folders – at least 4 (one for each core subject)
• 2 2-Ring Binders
• Watercolor Paints
• Lined Index Cards (Grades 5-8)
• Tissues (2 classroom boxes of tissues)
• Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
• Cleaning Wipes (baby wipes, antibacterial wipes, etc.)
• Indoor/outdoor shoes

eKool

eKool (e-School) is an information system for storage of study-related information (grades, comments, notifications, homework, tests, subject content of lessons, absences, late arrivals, study reports, and forum). eKool is available to users over the internet and provides formal, study-related information and broad data statistics to the school management.
All parents are expected to join eKool and to consistently monitor the progress and study results of their child on a daily basis.

Please read the Guide to eKool for access rights to join eKool and for advice on how to use the portal, http://ekool.company/en/for-parent
Should you have any questions, please contact Eve Oro, eKool Coordinator: eve.oro@nullist.ee

Insurance

Seesam Insurance AS will be the insurance partner of International School of Tallinn for the year 2017.

International School of Tallinn and Seesam will enter into two contracts: the School’s property insurance contract and a liability insurance contract:

  1. IST’s assets(articles that cost more than €300) will be insured against all risks (including when children/students intentionally or unintentionally damage the school’s property).
  2. Children and their propertywill be insured on the terms of liability insurance. Damage that is caused to the children is compensated for but not damage caused by the children.

The liability insurance contract covers all the activities, which IST organizes and where IST has guilt and/or responsibility. The insurance will cover all events that occur during the day (lessons and breaks) and the evening (aftercare, extracurricular activities), on IST grounds (playground) or outside of it (educational visits), within the territory of the Republic of Estonia.
When traveling abroad, parents have to maintain separate travel insurance for their children.

Contact person in Seesam
Marju Lipand marju.lipand@nullseesam.ee

Student’s Card

All students need to be issued the International Scholar Identity Card (ISIC).
The ISIC card is the only internationally recognized student ID, and ISIC cardholders are members of a truly global club. There are more than 125,000 student discounts on offer, including 1,000 in Estonia.
Please read more about ISIC cards and find the application form on their web page www.minukool.ee

Lost and Found

All items found on school premises without an owner will be collected and placed in the lost and found cupboard in our office. Marked items are delivered to the children via the school.
Before the holidays, all the items left in lost and found will be donated to charity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why a new school at all? Are there enough students for every international school in Tallinn? Is your activity sustainable in a longer perspective? Why is your school needed? What distinguishes your school from other international schools in Tallinn?

  • Many high-tech companies with a highly qualified international staff are located in Ülemiste City. Thus, an international school is a necessary part of its ecosystem. The developers of the city are motivated to invest in the long-term development of a new.
  • All schools in Tallinn based on an international curriculum have increased the number of students. It’s evidence of positive trends of internationalization in Tallinn, resulting in a growing demand for international education.
  • The new school provides an alternative for those:
    • Who are not able or willing to afford IB programs more expensive than ours
    • Who value the most rigorous academic program
    • Who enjoy a smaller school with a cozy atmosphere

On what will the teaching and learning be based? What are the learning outcomes of the studies? How will it ensure a smooth continuation of the child’s education?

  • The content of the study program is based on the Estonian national curriculum, during the transition to International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • The assessment procedures of the school will ensure transparency and availability of the learning outcomes at all levels.
  • The school curriculum will be complemented by IB program frameworks, including the focus on the attributes of the IB learner profile; and the IB study methods with respective culminations, multilingualism, and intercultural engagement.
  • IB program frameworks can operate effectively with national curricula at all ages (more than 50% of IB World Schools are state-funded).
  • An IB diploma is recognized worldwide by more universities than any other program diploma.
  • IB programs develop independent of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools. They encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts. They encourage students to be internationally minded within a complex and hyper-connected world.
  • The school will assist the students for a smooth transition while entering and leaving the school.

What helps build confidence in the quality of the education at your school being better than what’s available in other international schools in Tallinn? Why should families prefer your school?

  • IB study methods and the content of Estonian national curriculum, used in conjunction, will provide very effective learning conditions for the development of the students.
  • The school will incorporate all necessary procedures and indicators/target levels regarding planning, implementation, learning outcomes, and study analysis—resulting in an effective and high-quality education
  • Teaching is based on the best science-based and hands-on practices.
  • IST will conduct a satisfaction survey for all parties in the school community (students, parents, teachers) on a yearly basis.
  • The holistic approach of school organization at IST will enable all stakeholders to have a full overview of quality, trends, and progress. Any client may independently compare our offerings with other schools.

Who will teach? How much experience do they have? Can I entrust the care and education of my children to these teachers?

  • Each teacher has a recognized pedagogical qualification and prior pedagogical experience; prior work at an international school is ideal.
  • The personal qualities of every teacher have been previously explored in-depth.
  • IST is recruiting international personnel primarily to teach basic subjects (English, math, natural sciences). These teachers must be native English speakers or have the highest proficiency in English (level C2).
  • Teachers of other subjects are expected to speak English at level C1.
  • IST also prefers other world languages (French, German, Russian, and Estonian) be taught by teachers who natively speak the respective language.
  • Teachers will undergo an induction program, which will provide professional training reinforcing IST’s goals and pedagogical approach. Teachers will be regularly supervised and supported in their professional development.