A new English-language school opens in Tallinn

The new International School of Tallinn with close to 20 pupils from more than ten different countries starting their studies in the first year opened in the Estonian capital on 4 September.

There are two composite classes in the first year with pupils coming from a variety of countries including Estonia, South Korea, Denmark, USA, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and others.

The school, located at the Ülemiste City campus and meant for the children of expats in Estonia, will be providing education in English and based on the globally recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

The International School of Tallinn has specially invited experienced teachers from the US and the Philippines to start teaching in Estonia.

The aim of the International School of Tallinn is to provide education from primary classes until the end of upper secondary school. The new educational institution has placed a lot of emphasis on multidisciplinary integration, developing general competencies, problem solving skills and creative and science-based teaching.

The school was founded by Mainor, a private company that started as a small but influential consultancy even before Estonia regained independence in 1991, and later developed into a substantial conglomerate with almost 20 subsidiaries and interests in education, metal and wood industry, energetics and real estate. The company is also the developer behind the Ülemiste City, a modern district in the immediate vicinity of Tallinn Airport.

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Cover: A child at the International School of Tallinn (courtesy of the school.)

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Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and politics and society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.