IST School Supply List
  • Backpack
  • #2 Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Box or Pencil Pouch
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Colored Pencils
  • Calculator
  • Oil pastels
  • Markers
  • 2 Dry Erase Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Measuring stick/Ruler
  • 5 inch Blunt Tip or Pointed Tip Scissors (age appropriate)
  • 4 Glue sticks
  • Wide Ruled 1 Subject Notebook
  • Composition Notebook
  • Loose Leaf Filler Paper Wide Rule
  • Folders – at least 4 (one for each core subject)
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Ruled Index Cards
  • Tissues
  • Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Cleaning Wipes (Clorox, antibacterial wipes, etc.)
  • Weekly Planner


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.
Should you have any questions, please contact our office at ee.tsi@ofni  


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 liability insurance contract:

  1. The School’s assets (articles that cost more than 300 euros) will be insured against all risks (that includes when children/pupils intentionally or unintentionally damage the School’s property).
  2. The children and their property will 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.

Liability insurance contract covers all the activities, which the School organises and where the School has guilt and/or responsibility. The insurance will cover all events that occur during the day (lessons and breaks) and the evening (aftercare, extra-curricular activities), on the School grounds (playground) or outside of it (educational visits), within the territory of the Republic of Estonia.
When travelling abroad, parents have to get a separate travel insurance for their children.

Contact person in Seesam:
Marju Lipand 

Pupil’s Card

All pupils need to be issued with the International Scholar Identity Card (ISIC).

The ISIC card is the only internationally-recognized student ID and ISIC card holders are members of a truly global club. There are over 125 000 student discounts on offer, including 1000 in Estonia.

Please read more about ISIC cards and find the application form on their web page:

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.

Good to know

Why a new school at all? Are there enough pupils 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 at Ülemiste City. Thus, an international school is a necessary part of its ecosystem. The developers of the city are motivated to invest into the development of a new school according to a long-term development plan of the school.
  • All schools in Tallinn based on an international curriculum have increased the number of pupils. It’s an evidence about 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 more expensive IB programme than ours;
    • who value the most rigorous academic programme;
    • who enjoy more a smaller school with a cozy atmosphere.

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

  • The content of 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 programme frameworks including the focus on the attributes of IB learner profile, the IB study methods with respective culminations, multilingualism and intercultural engagement.
  • IB programme 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 by more universities, worldwide, than any other program diploma.
  • IB programmes develop independently 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 pupils for a smooth transition while entering and leaving the school.

What helps to build confidence that quality of the education in your school is better than in other international schools in Tallinn? Why should one 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 pupils.
  • The school will incorporate all necessary procedures and indicators/target levels regarding planning, implementation, learning outcomes and study analysis, resulting in an effective and functioning quality system.
  • The teaching and learning consider the best of science-based and hands-on practices.
  • The school will conduct a survey about the contentment of all parties in the school community (pupils, parents, teachers) on a yearly basis.
  • The holistic approach of school organization at the IST will enable all stakeholders to have a full overview on quality, trends and progress. Any client may compare independently an available data with the other schools.

Who will be the teachers? How much do they have the experience in working with children in a school? Can I entrust my kids to these teachers?

  • Every teacher has a recognized pedagogical qualification and prior pedagogical experience, particularly prior working in an international school is preferred.
  • The personal qualities of every teacher have been previously explored in-depth.
  • IST is recruiting the international personnel primarily to teach the basic subjects (English, math, natural sciences). These teachers must be English native speakers or have highest proficiency in English (at C2 level).
  • The teachers of other subjects are expected to speak English at level C1.
  • IST also considers that foreign languages (in addition to English, also French, German, Russian and Estonian) are taught by a teaches who speaks the respective language as a mother tongue.
  • All teachers will undergo an induction programme of the school which will provide prior professional training about the pedagogical approach and goals of the school. Teachers will be regularly supervised and supported in their professional development.