Strategic plan 2023 – 2028

The International School of Tallinn (IST) Strategic Plan for 2023-2028 outlines our goals to enhance academic excellence, expand our facilities, and strengthen our community engagement. By focusing on continuous improvement and strategic growth, we aim to position IST as the leading choice for international families in Estonia and one of the most prestigious international schools in Eastern Europe.


  • Increase the number of students from 230 to 250.
  • Open at least one parallel class across grades 1-8 to accommodate growing enrollment.
  • Move the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) (grades 7-12) to larger facilities, totaling 660 m², to enhance the learning environment.
  • Partly automate procedures for admission and HR management to improve operational efficiency.
  • Launch a career counselling system for Grades 9-12 to better prepare students for their future careers.
  • Establish annual customer satisfaction monitoring and surveys to ensure continuous improvement and stakeholder engagement.
  • Link tuition fee discount rates to adherence to school rules and policies by both students and parents, fostering a cohesive and disciplined community.
  • Create incentives for teachers to become IB/NEASC facilitators, visitors, and evaluators, promoting professional development and educational excellence.
  • Join the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) and the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS) to enhance collaborative opportunities and maintain high educational standards.
  • Develop additional services and support for families, including childcare during school holidays and an au-pair network, to cater to the needs of the school community.
  • Activate the Student Council to encourage student engagement, leadership, and a stronger student voice within the school.


  • IST aims to become the first choice for international families, establishing itself as the largest IB school in Estonia.
  • Increase the number of students from 250 to 270.
  • Develop a structure for the systematic use of student data to support learning, including benchmarking global testing results and tracking language proficiency levels.
  • Prepare for MYP e-assessments for Grade 10 students to ensure high standards and readiness for international examinations.
  • Establish a coordination system for foreign languages and ESL (English as a Second Language) support at IST to enhance language learning and proficiency.
  • Launch an extended coding program, offered either as a supplementary subject or an afterschool activity, to foster technological skills and innovation.
  • Promote engaging social activities for IST parents, such as sport clubs, to build a strong, involved community.
  • Prepare the first Diploma Programme (DP) cohort to take the IB exams, marking a significant milestone in IST’s academic journey.


  • Increase the number of students from 270 to 330.
  • Some grades in primary and middle years are covered with parallel classes.
  • The new school building is to be completed (the main complex includes a gym, science labs, tech workshops, library, subject-specific classrooms, expanded playground areas, assembly hall, etc.).
  • The enlarged library becomes a research center and multimedia studio.
  • High-quality security to control access to the school building/territory.
  • IST extends significantly the range of DP subject choices, extra-curricular activities, and MYP strands (Grades 9-10).
  • Establishing strong foundations for STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in new facilities.
  • Active exploration of science-based approaches to learning (use of neuroscience and artificial intelligence/machine learning, multi-intelligence testing systems).
  • Developing the entrepreneurial student/high-tech startup community.
  • Active engagement of student + parent body in school life and events.
  • IST obtains NEASC accreditation (New England Association of Schools and Colleges).
  • IST joins CIS (Council of International Schools).


  • The number of students increases from 330 to 360.
  • Starting to build the other section(s) of the school building.
  • IST extends the range of DP subject choices, extra-curricular activities, and MYP strands (Grades 9-10).
  • Active engagement of student and parent body in school life and events.
  • Initiating and hosting international networking events, competitions, and conferences.
  • Developing the IST alumni body.


  • Increase the number of students from 360 to 400.
  • Complete the 2nd phase of the school building, adding additional premises.
  • Ensure up to 25% of IST management and senior teachers become IB and NEASC visitors/facilitators.


  • Increase the number of students from 400 to 450.
  • IST will become one of the most prestigious international schools in Eastern Europe, gaining visibility in regional and global networks.