Moscow schools: a guide for expatriates (part 1)

Finding a good school is an essential part of the relocation process for expat families. However, deciding on the right school can be a difficult decision, particularly for those moving to an unfamiliar city. Here, Moscow-based Intermark Relocation gives Re:locate readers its insights on finding the right schooling opportunities in the city, in the first part of its Moscow school guide.

Finding a good school is an essential part of the relocation process for expat families. However, deciding on the right school can be a difficult decision, particularly for those moving to an unfamiliar city. Here, Moscow-based Intermark Relocation gives Re:locate readers its insights on finding the right schooling opportunities in the city, in the first part of its Moscow school guide. For expatriates with children, choosing a school takes priority over choosing a property. Moscow has a wide range of international schools to choose from, and Intermark Relocation advises to not only research prospective schools on the internet, but to also visit them all.It is also worth bearing in mind that visiting a school during a designated open-day is very different to visiting a school during a normal school day, where you see the students and teachers interacting. It is also a good idea to speak to other parents and children to get an idea of their impressions of the school, and to remember that what may suit one child may not suit another.International Schools  The International School of Moscow
  • Located in the Northwest Krylatsky Hills area, the International School of Moscow offers the British curriculum for students from 2 until 15 years old.
  • This is one of the few schools in Moscow where prospective pupils need to pass an entrance examination. The school places a great deal of importance on academic standards, and children are expected to have a native or near-native level of English as the school follows the English National Curriculum.
  •  Applicants above Year One are invited to spend a day at the school, complete the examination and meet their peer group. In some cases it is possible to do the entrance exam remotely but that can be discussed with the Admissions Tutor.
  • Convenient housing options are in Serebryanny Bor, Myakinino, Rosinka, and there are good nearby apartment options in Krylatskoe as well as in the centre of Moscow.
The Anglo-American School of Moscow
  • Located in the North of Moscow, in the Leningradsky prospect area, the Anglo-American School of Moscow (AAS) is a lower, middle and upper school for children from three to 18 years old.
  • AAS has a clearly structured plan for admissions.  Priority is given to children of diplomats from the American, Canadian and British Embassies. Following this, priority is given to those with American, Canadian or British passports. There are waiting lists for all year groups, and children with siblings at the school have priority on the waiting list.
  • Some recommended nearby housing options are in Pokrovsky Hill and Rosinka, and apartment options in Leningradsky prospect area, such as Beregovaya street and Alisa.
British International Schools
  • The British International Schools in Moscow are eight schools for children from 18 months to 18 years old.
  • The schools are numbered from one to nine (although there is there is no school number six) and are divided by the age of children. The schools in the North and South are located quite close to each other to make the logistical arrangements easier for parents who have children attending various schools. With the exception of school 5, all schools follow the English National Curriculum.
  • For children attending the Northern Campus, there are convenient housing options in Serebryany Bor, and apartment options in Leningradsky prospect area. For children attending the Southern Campus, there are nearby housing options in Dubrovka, Syetun, and apartment options in Leninsky prospect area. For students attending the campus in Rosinka there are housing options in the same compound.
The English International School
  • Located in the East of Moscow, the English International School (EIS) offers British curriculum and standards for students from three to 18 years old.
  • If this is the school of choice, some of the recommended housing options are those in Kuskovo, and apartment options in the centre of Moscow. There are also a few apartments available near the school.
Atlantic International School
  • The Primary school students of Atlantic International School are taught in the North of Moscow, in the Leningradsky prospect area, whilst Secondary school pupils are taught in the Southeast of Moscow.
  • This is a new and developing school that follows both English and Russian State curriculums. Prospective pupils entering both primary and secondary should expect to undertake a 45 minute written assessment at the school.
 Hinkson Christian Academy
  • Located in the South of Moscow in the Varshavskoe highway area, the Hinkson Christian Academy is a Christian kindergarten and school, and teaches pupils to Grade 12 and the American diploma. The main nationalities of the students attending are American and Korean.
Next month, Intermark Relocation will continue this article, with the second part of their Moscow school guide. Click here for more information about Intermark Relocation and its services.