Mission and Values

Our Mission:

The International School of Tallinn (IST)’s mission is to support the holistic development of every individual, fostering responsible global citizens and independent lifelong learners through a rigorous, inquiry-based, and multicultural learning environment.

Our Promise:

IST promises to cultivate a culture of innovation and a passion for lifelong learning through academic rigor and a network of global citizens.

Our Vision:

IST envisions creating a global community that values inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and entrepreneurial-mindedness. We are committed to acting with tolerance and compassion while supporting an outstanding IB faculty. Our goal is to prepare students to become entrepreneurial leaders in their chosen fields, ready for an ever-changing future.

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At IST, we believe it is important to be a balanced member of society through:


  • Being a good role model inside and outside of school
  • Inspiring and encouraging others
  • Being an effective communicator
  • Demonstrating empathy


  • Accepting everyone and embracing differences
  • Being true to yourself
  • Welcoming change
  • Demonstrating diplomacy


  • Being honest
  • Respecting everyone
  • Exhibiting a strong moral and ethical attitude


  • Being active members of the community
  • Taking responsibility for your actions
  • Embracing the creativity of your inner child

IST Values

Our values are based on, and fully aligned with, the IB Learner Profile attributes oriented toward international-mindedness. IB (International Baccalaureate) has outlined ten attributes aiming to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective
  • Organisational-Structure.

Our Core Values

Taking action

At IST, we believe it is our fundamental function as citizens of the world to react and act with enthusiasm concerning the local and global challenges imposed by the different issues that impact our existence as a community of learners. At IST, taking action means being:

  • A risk-taker
  • A communicator
  • Open-minded
  • Caring

Balancing our lives

At IST, we believe in the importance of balancing the different aspects of our humanity. We promote a healthy lifestyle, mindfulness, good relationships, physical and mental development, and career enhancement. IST believes balancing our lives means being:

  • Reflective
  • Principled
  • Balanced

Becoming lifelong learners

At IST, we believe learning should not stop at any certain point in our lives. As a community, we work hard to achieve our goals using different strategies and approaches to learning. We give importance to the development of skills and attitudes that help us to continuously satisfy our curiosity. At IST, becoming a lifelong learner means being:

  • Knowledgeable
  • An inquirer
  • A thinker

Our responsibility is to prepare students for their futures. At IST, teachers equip students with the tools to succeed in all areas of life: academically, socially, emotionally, and morally.
As change is inevitable in the world we live in, IST tirelessly works to stay ahead of the curve. We dedicate ourselves to ensuring that our curriculum, teaching methods, and infrastructure meet and exceed the standards of other highly competitive educational institutions.