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Best schools in Moscow Russia

A snapshot overview of schools in Moscow that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Moscow schools reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Anglo-American School of Moscow (The) (AAS)  (pending)

PYP/ School adapted curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,200 students

Established in 1949 for the children of embassy officials and the majority of students still come from diplomatic families. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Priority to children of diplomats from America, Britain and Canada and then to children of those countries, thirdly to children whose parents work for a company with reserved seats. Heavily oversubscribed and has a dedicated SEN programme. Graduates leave for leading global universities.

Cambridge International School Moscow   (pending)

EYFS/ Cambridge International Curriculum/ IGCSE/ A-Level; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 students

Founded in 2009 for children from expat families (embassy workers or employees of multi-nationals) and prominent Russian families, now one of four campuses in Russia managed by the Cambridge International Schools Group. There is also an option to study the Russian State curriculum starting at the age of seven and leading to the Unified National Examinations at the end of year 13. Opened on a campus in a residential area in north Moscow with a new campus opened in September 2019 at Skolkovo in the western part of the city.

English International School (EIS) (The)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A-Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 students

On three campuses in the east, west and south-west of Moscow. The original east campus educates pupils from 3 to 18, the west from 3 to 11 and the south-west from 3 to 16. The schools are owned and run by the Orbital Education group of ten schools and the east campus is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). On leaving, roughly 35 per cent go to university in the UK with the remainder almost all heading to US or European universities.

Click here to read our full review of the English International School

International School of Moscow (ISM) (The) 

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A-Level; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,150 students

A member of the Nord Anglia Education group, now incorporating a performing arts programme in collaboration with Julliard, New York and a STEM programme designed with input from MIT. Classes taught in English to students from over 60 different nationalities. Very impressive IGCSE results and 100 per cent of graduates in the latest year published went on to university, including Oxford and Imperial College in the UK and other leading global universities. Inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Click here to read our full review of the International School of Moscow

Moscow Economic School  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 535 students (Odintsovo) 550 students (Presnya)

IB Continuum school offering the full IB programme on two campuses, the original one in central Moscow and the other in the country outside the city. Classes taught in Russian and English with other foreign languages introduced in the second grade. Re-accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2013.

The schools below have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them

Britannia School Moscow

EYFS/ Key Stage 1; ages 2-7; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 80 students

New, British pre-nursery, nursery and primary school (opened in 2016) in central Moscow, with a British curriculum taught by UK qualified teachers with bi-lingual (English/Russian) classroom assistants. The Welsh-born head was previously a teacher at the International School of Moscow. The school acts as a feeder for the Anglo-American School and the International School of Moscow.

British International School (BIS)  

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A-Level/ IB Diploma; age 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 1,000 students

Currently, consisting of seven schools in different Moscow locations (all Russian owned and run) with one offering a Russian department teaching in Russian according to Russian Federal State guidelines. The remaining six schools are divided into four foundation stage and primary schools, one secondary school offering IGCSEs and then A-Levels and one offering IGCSEs and the IB Diploma. Accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

Brookes Moscow

School adapted curriculum/ PYP candidate/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 800 students

One of two brand new schools in Russia (Moscow 2018, the second in St Petersburg 2019) opened by the Brookes Education Group. The company already operates schools in the UK, Canada, USA, India and South Korea. Consisting of a Kindergarten, Lower and Upper School (very recently authorised to teach the IB Diploma) with the intention of becoming an all-through IB school. Opportunities for exchange programmes with the other schools in the group.

Deutsche Schule Moskau

German State Curriculum/ Abitur; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit

Shot up the talked about schools chart for being picked by Vladimir Putin as the scholastic choice for his daughters. For German speaking children with non-German speaking children, only integrated in the kindergarten. An embassy school recognised by the German Educational authorities.

Lycée Francais de  Moscow

French National Curriculum/ Bac/ Brevet; ages 6-18; co-ed; day; independent; state

International school, on three campuses, but giving priority to French nationals and French speaking children, with quotas for other nationals including Russians. Follows the rigorous French curriculum and the high standards of the French international lycée system. Overseen by the French Agency for Education Abroad (AEFE) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education.

The ESF English School of Science and Technology  

Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit;

Founded in 2008, teaching in English and unashamedly promoting STEM from the beginning of a child’s education but also, slightly surprisingly or not as this is Moscow, encouraging ballet for both boys and girls. Open to expat and local children and now on an up-graded campus in Lefortovo. Positive reviews from students and parents.



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