Moscow International Schools
There are over 20 international schools in Moscow and the surrounding area, with 11 British schools, 3 IB schools in Moscow and 2 American schools. Most are English speaking and some are bi and multi-lingual. Read on to find out what the areas of Moscow are like and how they relate to some of the best Moscow international schools.
Life in Moscow
Moscow is the capital of Russia and the largest city in Europe by area. It is also one of the most populous cities in the world with an estimated current population of more than 15 million within the city limits and 25 million within its metropolitan area. According to the 2019 Forbes List, Moscow is home to more billionaires than anywhere else in the world apart from New York and Hong Kong. Moscow has a rich cultural history and is well known for its unique and beautiful architecture, art, classical music and ballet. The city is easy to get around on foot or by public transport, although the metro gets very crowded during rush hour. The roads are very busy with frequent traffic jams. In recent years Moscow has become a real culinary capital with plenty of excellent restaurants coffee shops. It is a common misconception that Russians are unfriendly. In Russian culture it is unusual to smile at strangers. Most Russians are warm, sincere and honest and will give you a genuine smile once they get to know you.
The prestigious district of Arbat is centrally located in the western part of the city and home to a number of embassies. It is a popular area rich in beautiful architecture and luxurious apartments.
The central, convenient and lively Tverskaya Street in the north westerly part of the city leads directly to Red Square and the Kremlin. There are, however, some quieter side streets, like Kamergersky Lane, with beautiful housing and an abundance of restaurants and cafés.
To the southern side of Tverskaya Street is the popular family area of Patriarshiye Prudy (Patriarch’s Ponds). This is a calm and quiet neighbourhood around a beautiful city park.
To the east of the city centre is the Basmanny District, a clean, green neighbourhood considered to be a calm oasis in the heart of the city. This area is home to Chistye prudy (Clean Ponds), a popular park with paddle boats to rent in the Summer or ice skates in the Winter.
Situated in the southern part of the city, the Tretyakov Gallery area is lively with plenty of upmarket bars and coffee shops. There are some quieter neighbourhoods off the main streets of Pyatnitskaya and Ordynka.
Outside the Garden Ring
To the south west of the city, just outside the Garden Ring, is the Fruzenskaya embankment. This area is very leafy and green overlooking the Moscow River and Gorky Park. This area is popular with families but apartments are often quite small and expensive.
Leningradsky Prospekt is a busy avenue to the north west of the city that connects with the top of Tverskaya Street at its southern end. This quirky, bohemian area, famous for its Artist’s Village (Sokol area), is leafy and green with some remaining dachas (Russian country cottages).
Outer areas of Moscow
Botanical Garden District
Around 10 km to the north of the centre is the green district of Moscow’s Botanical Gardens, one of the largest in Europe, is a great place which boasts a valuable collection of rare plants while providing visitors with the opportunity to plunge into the world of nature without having to leave the city. It is also home to one of the most visited and favorite places of rest and entertainment for guests and residents of the capital - VDNHa - the Park, Exhibition and Cultural Complex.
Around 15 km to the north west of the city centre is Pokrovsky Hills, an exclusive gated, residential community with family housing situated in a hilly, wooded area adjacent to the several international schools.
Another 5 km further to the north west of the city centre is Rosinka. This luxurious, gated international community of individual family homes is spread over 134 acres with facilities including a private lake with its own beach, a woodland nature reserve, playgrounds and a leisure centre with sports facilities, conference facilities and a restaurant.
Just under 20 km to the west of the city is the ecological forest park island of Serebryany Bor. In addition to the protected ancient woodland this area has clean beaches, a watersports complex, marinas and stables. This area also has spacious, family housing.
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Read The English School of Science and Technology reviews
International English School of Science & Technology (ESS) is a co-educational independent school that offers students from diverse backgrounds the best of English national education. The school is firmly based on the academic standards found in a typical, high-quality British independent school.
ESS is a rigorous international university preparatory school specializing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). English School of Science & Technology is small enough to provide a caring, respectful atmosphere whilst promoting the highest academic achievement. The warm and welcoming school community makes it an ideal place to receive a quality education with a diploma valid for the best Universities around the world.
Read Brookes Moscow International IB School reviews
Brookes Moscow International School is a member of the Brookes Education Group (BEG), a global family of IB schools with seven campuses around the world, including major ones in Cambridge (founded in 1982), Vancouver and Seoul.
The 800-pupil capacity Brookes Moscow site welcomes local and international students from age 2 to 18 to its campus and offers the chance to study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Students also have access to BEG’s family of schools and the opportunity to study abroad. Highest academic standards and enquiry-based learning.
Read Hinkson Christian Academy reviews
Hinkson Christian Academy (HCA) is an English language elementary and secondary school located in Moscow, Russia. For over 20 years, Hinkson has served the needs of expat and local families who desire their children to receive a quality English-language education that is informed by a Christian worldview, and values Christian character principles.
Hinkson Christian Academy is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, whose accreditation is recognized worldwide.
Read Embassy of India School reviews
Embassy of India School (KV) Moscow is a vibrant educational institution in Moscow catering to the educational needs of the wards of the Embassy of India personnel and community of Indian origin. The main objective of the School is to impart quality education of an international standard, together with developing the holistic personality of the child, to face the challenging needs of the ever changing society. Established in the year 1987, today the school has a strength of a little over 350 students with classes I to XII and has Science and Commerce streams.
The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E), New Delhi and follows the curriculum framed by NCERT, New Delhi, India.
Read Russian International School reviews
Russian International School (RIS) is an international school which is dedicated to educating children from 2 to 18 years old. RIS implements the highest standards of International and Russian education, which provides exceptional academic success to students at all levels.
The international English school RIS has accreditation from Cambridge, Edexсel and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, which enables students to get two certificates and the opportunity to apply to the top universities in the world. A professional international team of educators, psychologists, methodologists and other specialists in various fields create and support an educational environment that motivates students to achieve the highest results possible, contributing to the formation of broad thinking and diversified development.
The unique teaching system at The Russian International School encourages each student to respect themselves and others, to independently acquire knowledge and be a success-oriented leader in the global world!
Read Britannia School reviews
Britannia School Moscow is a traditional British Nursery and Primary school that teaches students from the age of 1,5 years old to 7 years old. We follow the British Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) and the English national curriculum. All lessons at Britannia School are taught in English by experienced native-speaking British teachers.
Our school offers additional after school clubs, weekend English classes and summer camp to both internal and external students. Every year Britannia School Moscow graduates successfully enter international schools in Moscow and overseas.
Read British International School Moscow reviews
At the British International School Moscow (BIS), we welcome and educate students from around the world. We help facilitate new families settling into Moscow and are aware that parents who relocate need to be reassured that their children are educated and develop in a safe and secure environment.
As such, we have a proud history of providing ‘excellence in education’ to the pupils and parents we serve.
Read English International School Moscow West reviews
English International School Moscow West offers a warm and welcoming setting, in which students can develop a love of learning and parents are an integral part of our school community. We encourage regular communication with parents as we believe that working in partnership is the key to a successful outcome.
Read English International School Moscow East reviews
The English International School East is now in its 11th year. Given it is a relatively young campus, it has grown up very quickly and has achieved much in a short space of time. Parents enjoy a close parent-school partnership and their children an excellent staff-pupil ratio.
Parents play an important role in the school’s development. Our Parent Group contributes to many different aspects of school life.
Read English International School Moscow South West reviews
In September 2014 English International School, Moscow opened its third campus, EIS, Moscow South-West. Situated in the prestigious residential and diplomatic area near the Leninskiy Prospekt and not far from Prospekt Vernadskogo.
English International School Moscow South West is a school for children aged 3 to 14 and provides the same high quality British education as our campuses at Moscow West and Moscow East.
Read Deutsche Schule Moskau reviews
Deutsche Schule Moskau (DSM), is the school of the German Embassy in Moscow and one of 140 German schools abroad. DSM is aware of its guest role in Russia. The teaching of the common history of the two countries is a subject of learning at school. We promote contact and exchange with the city of Moscow and the entire country.
The support of the children in their development to social and self-responsible action is a central task of our school. Social skills are an important educational goal. This area of competence includes in particular the assumption of responsibility and conflict resolution capability. In addition to the technical and methodological skills, social skills are always promoted in all projects of Deutsche Schule Moskau.
Read Moscow Economic School reviews
Moscow Economic School (MES), is a private, non-governmental, IB World School. Founded as a result of democratic changes in our country, MES was the first and has grown into one of the largest private, non-governmental schools in Russia. Today, we have 600 students, boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 18 years old with over 300 employees. MES is striving to be a bilingual school. Russian is the primary language of instruction in the Primary and Middle Years Programs, but English is beginning to be used as an instructive language in their core subjects beginning in the 1st grade. By the time our students begin the Diploma Program, all of their lessons are taught in English.
Read The International School of Moscow reviews
International School of Moscow (ISM) is one of the leading schools in Europe, providing an exceptional education to children aged 2 to 18 through the full range of Early Years, Primary and Secondary schooling. I am thrilled that you are considering our school and hope that you can see, from the details on our website, that ISM is an excellent choice for your child.
Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will ever have to make. At The International School of Moscow, we recognise the enormity of this choice. We ensure that every child fulfils their potential and become fully-rounded individuals, well equipped to succeed in the ever-changing world around us.
Through highly enjoyable and engaging learning experiences, ISM pupils acquire the skills and knowledge set out in the English National Curriculum and also develop as individuals through a broad range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities.
Read Scuola Italiana Italo Calvino reviews
Scuola Italiana Italo Calvino was Founded in 1973 for Italians living in Moscow and today the school is also open for children of other nationalities who want to join one of the richest European cultures. One of the priority tasks of the school is to disseminate the Italian language and cultural traditions of Italy in Russia. All classes are held in Italian. The certification is recognized by all schools of the European Union.
Read Anglo-American School of Moscow reviews
Anglo-American School of Moscow, founded in 1949, is an independent, coeducational day school in northwest Moscow that offers an international educational program from pre-Kindergarten (4-year-olds) through grade 12.
The international student body of approximately 1200 students represents over 60 countries. Class sizes typically range from 16-18 students. Our faculty consists of 150 qualified and experienced educators and 13 administrators, principally from the US, UK, and Canada.
Other International Schools in Moscow
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