IST newsletter

Charles Dickens once wrote that Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. Many of you might have experienced this phenomenon to be especially true in Estonia.

Someone also once wrote that Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be. Well, spring has sprung and with it brings changes and a time for renewal.

Our management team and IB coordinator were hard at work in preparing the initial documents towards the PYP Candidacy application and we are happy to announce that based on the timeline, the documents were sent off in good time. We are expecting to receive approval by June and start as a PYP Candidate School in September 2018. Below you will find a brief summary of the application process.

The International School of Tallinn (IST) was founded in 2016 with a purpose to become an IB school (International Baccalaureate) that will offer all IB programmes:

  • PYP (Primary Years Programme)
  • MYP (Middle Years Programme)
  • DP (Diploma Programme)

Before applying for the PYP Candidacy the school had to align a number of practices and standards with the IB. We revised our mission statement and refined our school values in order to reflect the IB philosophy which can be found on our website. We aligned the syllabuses of core subjects with the IB scope and sequence documents ensuring vertical articulation along all those subjects for a purpose of full learning continuum. As IB emphasizes the importance of ongoing professional development, our management team and all homeroom teachers attended the required IB workshops. At collaborative meetings, our teachers are more actively integrating the inquiry themes with subject-specific teaching throughout the unit.

The benefits of the PYP:

First, the implementation of the PYP will ensure a systematically harmonized approach to curriculum development, assessment, teaching, and learning.

Second, it will support the development of the quality system in the primary school based on the IB standards and requirements.

Third, it will foster the professional development of the teachers and pedagogical leaders via access to IB workshops and resources.

Fourth, it will support the mobility of international families by providing a smooth transition for their children from one school to another due to the similar study programme.

Fifth, it will promote the reputation of the school as the PYP is a globally recognized educational programme.

New Premises

As we ponder on the lessons learned during the first part of the year at IST, we are simultaneously looking at the road ahead. One of the changes occurring right now is the renewal of our new premises for the new academic year 2018/2019.

Workman is preparing the building in Keevise 2 and we will equip the building during summer to be ready when your children return to school.

This section of the building, facing SuurSõjamäe Street, is currently under renovation in preparation for the 2018/2019 academic year

The picture below is the wing of the building which we recently restored to its former glory

Next School Year

The demand for quality international education in English is growing in Estonia and the owners of the school, Mainor, has understood this very clearly right from the start. Growing a Smart City, Ülemiste City, brings with it the need for a high-quality English education available to the families from abroad and locally, who sees Tallinn as a hub of opportunity.

We have experienced good growth during our first year and the current number of new applications for the new academic year is an indication of similar and even better growth prospects. We will open the next two classes, grades 7 and 8.

This implies a need for new teachers as PYP homeroom teachers as well as the following subjects:

English (Gr 6-8), French (Gr 3-8), Russian (Gr 3-8), Math (Gr 6-8), Science (Gr 6) Biology (Gr 7-8) Chemistry (Gr 7-8), Physics (Gr 7-8), History (Gr 6-8), Social Sciences (Gr 6-8), Art (Gr 1-8), Physical Education (Gr 1-8)

Candidates need to have a higher pedagogical education or equivalent qualifications, a very good command of English language and a willingness to contribute to the development of the school.

Work experience in the PYP (Primary Years Program) or in the MYP (Middle Years Program) as a teacher or coordinator will be in advantageous, as well as competencies to teach several of the courses offered above.

Our Mission encapsulates the true spirit of IST: We believe that we can create a better and more peaceful world through education by supporting the holistic development of every individual to become responsible global citizens and independent life-long learners by providing a rigorous, inquiring and multicultural learning environment.

If you feel that you want to be part of inspiring new responsible global citizens to contact us by

Other News:

Applications are now open for new students to join the International School of Tallinn from grade 1 to grade 8. For more information and online applications visit our website:

For a personal meeting to discuss the educational needs of your child, you may contact our
Director of Marketing and Communications,
Paul Senosi