Frequently Asked Questions
Does IST have secure entrances?
Yes, there is a staff member at the entrance during busy hours, and when that staff member is not there, the gates that are locked for security purposes.
How many students are in IST?
Currently, we have more than100 students from preschool to grade 12.
What are the tuition fees for the school?
Grades 1-12: €7,500
Additional food cost: €612,5 (€3,50 per day)
How big are the class sizes?
Class sizes currently range from 8 to 18 with the class of 18 being split for core subjects.
What is the IB?
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. For more information visit www.ibo.org
When will IST be authorized for IB programs?
IST became an IB World School for the Primary Year Program in 2020, and is currently the candidacy face for the Middle Year Program and Diploma Program.
What countries and nationalities are represented at school?
We have many local and foreign students and staff. Our students range from, but not limited to, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, and Nigeria, to Estonia, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico, Bangladesh, India. Our staff ranges from, but not limited to, Taiwan, Nigeria, The United States, France, and England to the Philippines, Ukraine, Estonia, and Brazil, Indonesia, Spain, Canada and Azerbaijan.
When does school day start?
The doors are open at 8.30.
The class starts at 9:00.
When does school day finish?
Preschool to grade 2: 14:05
Grades 4-6: 14:55
Grades 7-8: Monday and Friday: 14:55 and Tuesday-Thursday: 15:45
Grades 9-12: 15:45
End of the school day depends on whether the students attend aftercare or extracurricular activity.
What is the best mode of transportation to get to IST?
Tram number 4, stopping at Ülemiste Linnak, or bus 15, stopping at Dvigatel.
Does your school have Estonian language lessons?
Preschool to grade 3: 2 lessons per week.
Grades 4-9: 4 lessons per week.
Grades 10-12 : 3 lessons per week.
What is included in school lunches?
A hot meal with salads, fruit, and juice. There is also the option for vegetarian, vegan, or other alternative meals if there are dietary restrictions or preferences.
What kind of certificate do students from IST graduate with?
Currently, students will be graduating grade 12 with a school certificate from the Estonian Ministry of Education. In the future, after full IB accreditation, based on their performance, students can either choose to take the IB path or Estonian path for graduation and certificate.