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Private Schools for Expats in Russia

Submitted: December 2013

When looking at schooling options for your child when you move to Russia, you may want to compare state schools and private schools, particularly bearing in mind that in state schools, the instruction is in Russian language. If your child is not sufficiently proficient in the language when you move to Russia, then this may be a problem; also, for continuity reasons, attending a state school may not be suitable.

In Russia, there are some 607 private schools which have been established over the past few years. Also, there are new types of schools called gymnasium and lyceum, which are patterned after the French and German type schooling models. The duration of studies at the gymnasia and lycei often exceed that of Secondary General Schools and their educational programmes are usually more advanced.

If you wish to consider sending your child to a private school in Russia, do ensure that the school you choose has the necessary authorization or accreditation to grant nationally recognized certificates, otherwise the certificate granted by an non-accredited school will not grant the right to be admitted to higher education institutions.

Privately educated institutions in Russia have gained the reputation of being more innovative, borrowing teaching methods from Western Europe and the United States. Emphasis is placed on teaching Russian students English and other critical skills.

Another advantage of private schools, compared to state schools, is that the student-to-teacher ratios tend to be much lower, allowing for more individual attention and teacher support. Tuition fees for private schools can be expensive but there are also some private schools that charge parents in accordance with their means and rely on donations from wealthier parents and other institutions.

Some private schools in Russia you may wish to consider are:

  • Atlantic International School (www.atlanticschool.ru) – this school offers education based on English and Russian curricula. The school comprises of a kindergarten, primary and secondary school in a completely modernized school building.
  • Bacalavre Russian International School ( www.bacalavre.ru)– this is one of Moscow’s leading private schools that combines Russian education with international teaching methods. The educational programme at Bacalavre is based on revealing and developing the pupils’ skills, and building the foundations of strategic thinking.
  • The British International School at Rosinka (www.rosinka.ru)- this school offers British and Russian curriculums as well English as a second language. The school offers education for children from three to 17 years.
  • Russian International School (www.rusis.ru) - provides an education based upon the strict requirements of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. In addition, it strives to maintain a high international standard that will permit their graduates to enter any university worldwide. 
  • European Gymnasium (www.eurogym.ru) – this school offers education for all stages, namely, pre-school, elementary school and high school.
  • Hinkson Christian Academy (www.hinkson.ru) – this academy is a Christian, elementary and secondary, English language educational institution established to serve primarily expatriate Christian missionary families.
  • Moscow Economic School (www.mes.ru) – this school is bilingual (Russian/English) with students being required to learn one foreign language (German, Spanish or French). It operates under the International Baccalaureate curriculum.



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