International School of Tallinn

IB Candidate School for PYP offering international education in English

The IST at a Glance International School of Tallinn (IST) was founded in 2016 and opened its doors in September 2017. IST is conveniently situated a five-minute walk from the airport and very near to the tram stop. Our school location is Keevise 2. The school owner is Mainor Group, who has provided high-level education since 1992. We have grades 1-8 for the school year 2018-2019, and we will open grades 9-10 in 2019 and grades 11-12 in 2020. We follow the Estonian national curriculum within the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Digital options are promoted throughout our education services. This enables us to increase student motivation, use interactive programs and tests, apply a personalized approach, and take into account the results of learning analytics. We hope and trust that we will earn a reputation for excellence in the provision of international education services. The school´s language of instruction is English. The students may choose Russian, German, or French as an additional language. At IST, our aim is to implement cutting-edge learning concepts that cultivate fundamental and problem-solving skills as well as research-based learning, interdisciplinary integration, teamwork, and creativity.

International School of Tallinn is a new school located in Ülemiste City, Tallinn. We are opening our doors in autumn 2017. The developers of Ülemiste City have taken the responsibility to meet the specific needs of our international community. A new school was initiated by Mainor as an addition to on-site educational center in Ülemiste City where one can find also a local kindergarten (Kalli-Kalli), a pre-school (Emili School) and the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Science. In International School of Tallinn we are serious and glorious at the same time. We believe that every little person must have the opportunity to feel valuable and brilliant so we support that by our activities and care. Because of that our main colours are navy blue as the deep oceans of the real world, which we all are part of. The golden elements present glitter in the eyes of inspired children, when they reach to the doors of our school every morning. The official study language in the school is English. We are starting with Estonian educational programmes but we are aiming to provide IB educational programmes in following years. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is fully recognised across the globe. Apply now and become one of us!

Mission: Our mission is to support the holistic development of every individual to become responsible global citizens and independent life-long learners by providing a rigorous inquiry and multicultural learning environment.

The family of IST wish all the singers and dancers of the 150th Jubilee Estonian National Song and Dance Festival, 'My Fatherland is My Love' the best of energy and sunshine this coming weekend! We at IST are here throughout the summer to welcome you for a coffee and a talk about international education in Tallinn. Contact our Director of Marketing and Communication, Paul Senosi: [email protected] or mobile +372 56950986. More information available on our website:

We had a wonderful afternoon of song, music, dance and videography during our First Annual Talent Show. Our students were absolutely outstanding during their performances and we express our gratitude to our teachers, in particular, our music teacher Merily, for their contribution in making the afternoon such a resounding success. A special word of thanks to all our students and to their parents who supports them unconditionally.

عید مبارک!
Blessings and Celebrations to all our Muslim families. Have a wonderful day! From all of us at the International School of Tallinn

The classroom with no walls. Learning takes place everywhere and this time we went to Pääsküla Raba Matkarada to connect with nature.

We are growing and looking for new language teachers to join our team. See ad for more information.

[05/21/19]   NEWSFLASH!


The IB Candidacy for Middle Years Programme (MYP, Grades 7-10) has been approved starting formally on 1 Sept 2019. IST aims to provide education within the framework of IB (International Baccalaureate) study programmes. IST has been an IB Candidate School for Primary Years Programme (PYP, Grades 1-6 and preschool) for the last year aiming to receive full membership during 2019.

International School of Tallinn is a candidate school* for the PYP and MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

Our younger students visited the Energy Discovery Centre yesterday and experienced a few hair-raising moments. 😀
Making learning fun!

Mr Ryan and the grade 3&4 class organised their annual Mini Bazaar to raise funds for the orphaned and abandoned children under the care of SOS Children's Village, Tallinn. Today, they had a chance to meet with Margus Oro, the National Director of SOS Children's Villages Estonia to hand over the money they collected at the Mini Bazaar.
Thanks to our grade 3&4 students and Mr Ryan for taking action for those in need. You make us proud.

International School of Tallinn's cover photo

[04/27/19]   Dear Families, please note that we come back to school on Thursday, 2 May. Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Mr Ryan and the grade 3&4 class organised their annual Mini Bazaar event today in the school. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for the orphaned and abandoned children under the care of SOS Children's Village, Tallinn. The students sold some delicious food, handmade accessories and personal artworks. What a wonderful way to end off the term before the Spring Break! Well done guys! We are proud of you.

A wonderful Spring Break to all our students, parents and teachers. Travel safe and we see you all back on 2 May.

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International English speaking School in Estonia - International School of Tallinn

We are looking forward to welcoming you on Thursday, 4 April at 17h00 at our school for the Annual Open Doors Day. We are open to families from the international community as well as local families who want international education for their children. We offer English education from Preschool to High school in a friendly environment with caring and professional teachers at an affordable tuition fee. See you soon! The International School of Tallinn (IST) is committed to provide a high-quality international education. Visit our site for more information.


Students around the world are striking today to demand action on climate change. Many were inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, who was just nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. #ClimateStrike

Watch Greta's full TED Talk here:

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, has inspired kids in more than 112 countries to skip school on March 15 in what may be described as one of the biggest environmental protests in history. The students and teachers of IST showed their solidarity and went to town in support of this important cause. March now or Swim later!

[03/15/19]   The International School of Tallinn is open for applications for the new school year. If you and your family are looking for International Schooling in English based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, at an affordable rate with qualified and caring teachers and small classes, then make contact with us now. Join us on April 4 for our Open Doors Day.

When the kids are off to grandma and grandpa to visit for the holidays, it is time for mom and dad to put up their feet, relax, catch up on lost sleep 🛌 and spend some quality time together. Sometimes dreams do come true! 🙂
I have the school building all to myself this week and made use of the opportunity to see what our students were up to the last few months. I share some of their work with you in photos taken over the last few days. Enjoy what is left of the winter break and we see you all bright and fresh on Monday, 4 March.

New Aftercare Teacher

Hello, my name is Latifat Igbin. I am the mother of two boys, and I'm a dynamic EYFS practitioner. I have more than 12 years of teaching experience, both local and international. Also, I was recognized with a GEMS outstanding teacher award in 2016. I have pertinent experience in British and American common core curriculum. I have taught children of different backgrounds from more than 30 different nationalities around the world — from the UK, U.S., Asia, etc.
I have obtained certification in early childhood education and hold a degree in social studies education. I have a passion for children and work to create real-life situations in the classroom. I help motivate children to develop their critical-thinking skills by exploring their environment and with hands-on activities as well as planning lessons based on STEM. I enjoy creative projects, dancing, and travelling.

We have a job offer. Please feel free to apply!

The festive season is so much more than Christmas parties and gift giving. It is about spending time with family and friends, creating happy memories that will last a lifetime, the closeness of friends, the comfort of home.

May your festive season be filled with the miracles and meaning of this beautiful time, understanding that beneath the hustle and bustle of the festive season, there is the real beauty of connecting with loved ones.

We leave you with photos from our first Christmas Concert organised my our music teacher, Ms Merily and her helpers. Thanks to every student, parent and teacher who makes IST such a wonderful place. Together we are creating an environment where every child can find their inner happiness. 🎄🎄🎄🎄

One can taste the excitement in the air as we are getting closer to our Christmas Concert later today. Our students are busy glazing gingerbread cookies as part of the treats for the festive event. “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!” 😛

As we enter the period of the Advent, a time to take stock of a calendar year that has nearly come to an end, we reflect on the past and await new things in anticipation. “The secret of happiness, you see is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”-Socrates
From all of us at the IST family, Spread Goodwill and Cheer during this time of giving.

We had a host of International visitors on our campus and school over the last few weeks including the Polish Ambassador, HE Kozłowski Grzegorz, Latvian Ambassador, HE Raimonds Jansons and the ladies from the International Woman's Club.
The focus with these visits is to introduce our campus to the members of the International Community and to introduce the International School of Tallinn (IST) as the new international school of choice for families seeking international education in English at a reasonable price.
For more information visit

For a tailor-made visit, contact our Director of Marketing and Communication, Paul Senosi: [email protected]

What a beautiful Sunday! IST students, parents and staff all pitched in to make our first contribution to the IWC Christmas Bazaar a memorable occasion. We are sincerely grateful to the ladies from IWC for letting our school be part of such a worthwhile event, changing the lives of those who are less fortunate. We salute the sterling work done by the International Woman's Club! A Special Thanks to the IST team who came out to work at our stall for the day!

A Day in the life of IST - we took our cameras behind the scenes this week to capture what is happening in the classrooms and canteen. 🙂

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Our students went on a field trip earlier today to visit the Estonian Maritime Museum popularised due to the Seaplane Harbour exhibition, where they got a glimpse into Estonian maritime history.

International House of Estonia

Some of us always wait for birthday🎉, some wait for summer vacation⛱️ - and we definately know a person or two, who counts days until winter holidays🎄. But we here in IHE are waiting for opening our doors to public. :)

Starting from 27th November you are more than welcome to visit us in Valukoja 8.

Online booking will be available very soon. Until that time you can take a cup of tea and dig into our brand new Relocation guide:

We are happy to introduce you to Inna Inanna Soone – IST Art Teacher

I was born and educated in Estonia. I have worked and lived here and other European locations. I am a believer in life-long learning and life keeps offering me unlimited possibilities to learn.

I have a background in economics, business, finances and accounting, IT, international relations and diplomacy, artistic expression, energy healing and balancing, languages and translation, publishing, child-friendly education and coaching. I am also a mother of five. That span has allowed me to explore my different aspects and get in touch with what the holistic approach fostered in IST means in practical life.

I speak English, Russian, Estonian and French. I love travelling, dancing and making music.

I am passionate about creativity. I sense that it holds the key to opening up our highest potential. Creativity and happiness go hand in hand forming a basis of a holistic approach.

Creativity lies within everyone and is most natural to us. It may be likened to a flower or a seed that will sprout and gather power not by forcing it but rather noticing and cherishing it, creating conditions and a welcoming atmosphere for it to grow and flourish in ways that are totally unique.

Therefore as an art teacher, I am there not so much to develop their creativity but rather support the student to get in touch with something that is already there. That allows them to become more aware of it, grow in confidence and eventually be able to self-support.

In art lessons, I encourage an attitude of curiosity, playfulness and fun while growing the student’s ability to stay consciously focussed on their work and being respectful towards themselves and others in the class.

Happy Halloween! Halloween celebrated in style by teachers and pupils of IST. 😈

Halloween is here! Grades 1-2 have been exploring 2D and 3D spaces with the Art teacher, Inna Soone. This now also includes spooky spaces.

Tomorrow, 30 October, we start with our Early Learners Full Immersion English Class, meant for boys and girls turning 5 years and up to 6 years old who want to immerse in the English language through organised play, having fun while learning. Our teacher, Natallya Svuetsouva, arrived back to Tallinn after spending the last 14 years in, Mumbai, India where she coordinated Early Childhood Care and Education Programmes between 2013 – 2018.

Besides qualifications in Early Childhood Education obtained in Mumbai, she also holds a degree in Art from the Estonian Academy of Arts.
We are very privileged to have her on our team not only because of her outstanding record as a teacher but her caring nature as a mother and mindful teacher will benefit every child in her group.
If you are interested to know more about this group, please contact our Director of Marketing and Communication, Paul Senosi at [email protected] for a discussion or a visit to our facilities.
Skype: paul.senosi

Our doors are open.

We take this opportunity to wish our families and staff a well-deserved autumn break! Travel mercies to those who are taking the highways. We welcome you back on Monday, 29 October. We leave you with a few photos from our final assembly earlier today. We are available during the break. Contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Our new PE teacher will join us on Monday, 29 October. We are looking forward to welcoming Miguel Machado to our specialist team of teachers.

He holds a Masters Degree in Physical Education and Sports by Instituto de Estudos Superior da Maia (Portugal) and in the last ten years dedicated his professional life to sports and teaching the youth of different ages. He started his teaching career in Portugal in middle school and spend a few more years working with kindergartens and primary schools. His first international experience was in China working with groups between 5-10 years old. He now calls Tallinn his second home coaching football in Harju Jk with one under 14 group.

Our students will benefit tremendously from the experience of Miguel. Welcome to IST! 🙂

Building Bridges

We were fortunate to have the Brazilian Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr Roberto Colin as our guest at IST. He got to know more about our school, the IB programme and our status as an IB Candidate school and our soon to be realised dream of becoming an IB World School. He also took the opportunity to visit the Head Office of the owners of IST where Ursel Velve, Member of the Management Board of Mainor Ülemiste, gave a detailed presentation of the vision of the company.
IST, the Pulse of International Education in the Heart of the Smart City, Ülemiste City.
For more information, visit our webpage:

New Aftercare Teacher!

We are happy to announce that our Aftercare got underway this week under the guidance of our new Aftercare teacher, Evgeniia Golikova.

Evgeniia is a respected animator with work experience covering several years with AtomArt animation studio, Creative space (​​) -animation school for kids.
During summers she enjoys being a summer camp teacher and workshop leader working with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter or with Huvikool Tee Tulevikku ​hobby school.
Her volunteering experience with AIESEC took her to Mysore in India where she worked with orphans as well as the Springer Loretto Girls' School in Gorakhpur.

Evgeniia holds a bachelor degree in textile design and a Masters degree in Animation from the Estonian Academy of Arts.
She studied Artistic bookmaking at KIT, Trondheim, Norway and attended KASK-Royal Art Academy in Gent, Belgium.

Her programme for the week:

Visual arts class.
(Art styles and techniques, craft projects, sculpture, collage, bookmaking and illustrations, recycling design)

Tuesday :
Fun science experiments and/or "Around the world "- countries for kids (geography, traditions, food, clothes, learn 2-3 words)

Animation class
(We will learn all stages of cartoons production: idea, story developing-script, characters design, animating, sound, editing)

Thursday :
"Kids favourite topic" "Book club"-reading short stories together and analyse them (tricky words, characters, main idea, problem solution, draw illustration )

Animation class.
Different animation techniques, pixelation, stop motion, drawing and experimental animation)

All classes will include different games - an icebreaker, team building, energetic and relaxing. Walking and playing in the park is a standard part of the day (weather permitting).

The price is 60 Euro per month and afternoon snack at 0.65 Cents. For more info contact: [email protected]

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General information

International School of Tallinn is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.** *Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its program’s, visit **Mission Statement from 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 program’s 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.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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