A snapshot: schools in Moscow considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.
Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.
By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.
PYP/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,250 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. Graduates leave for leading global universities
Cambridge International School Moscow (pending)
EYFS/ Cambridge 1, 2/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 students
Founded in 2009 for the children from expat families (embassy workers or employees of multi-nationals) and prominent Russian families and 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. Originally opened on a campus, in a residential area in north Moscow, with a new campus opened at Skolkovo in the western part of the city.
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned
On two campuses in the west and south-west of Moscow. The west campus educates children from 3 to 11 and the south-west from 3 to 18. The schools are owned and run by the Orbital Education group of ten schools. 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
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 World school offering an all-through International Baccalaureate programme on two campuses, the first one opened in central Moscow and the second, in the country outside the city. Classes taught in Russian and English with other foreign languages introduced in the second grade. The only school in Moscow to be accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and one of only two schools in Russia that they inspect.
The schools below have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them
EYFS/ adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 2-7; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 80 students
Newish nursery and primary school (opened in 2016) in central Moscow, with a British curriculum taught by UK qualified teachers helped by 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.
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 six schools in different locations in Moscow (all Russian owned and run) with one offering a Russian department teaching in Russian, following Russian Federal State guidelines. The remaining five schools are divided into three foundation stage and primary schools, one secondary school offering IGCSEs and then A levels and one offering IGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. An Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and inspected by Cambridge Education for British Schools Overseas (BSO).
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 850 students
The first (2018) of two newly opened schools in Russia (the second has since opened in St Petersburg in 2019), 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 and has recently been authorised to offer an all-through International Baccalaureate education. Opportunities for exchange programmes with the other schools in the group.
German curriculum/ Abitur; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit
Shot up the talked about schools chart after being picked by Vladimir Putin as the scholastic choice for his daughters. For German speaking children only, with non-German speaking children integrated at the kindergarten level but not above ([presumably there are exceptions). An embassy school recognised by the German Educational authorities.
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE; ages 3-16; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit;
Founded in 2008 and unashamedly promoting STEM from the beginning of the child’s education. Open to expat and local children and now on an up-graded campus in Lefortovo. Positive reviews from students and parents.
Adapted curriculum/ American High School Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 210 students
Established in 1991, offering a specifically Christian, English-language education to both Russians and expats. Accredited by the Association of Christian International Schools (ACSI) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).
French National Curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 6-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,130 students
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. A member of the French Agency for Education Abroad (AEFE) network and accredited by the French Ministry of Education.
Russian curriculum/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level/ Attestat; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned
Aimed mainly at a Russian audience, the school offers both a Russian and an English curriculum, with students having the choice to graduate either with A Levels or the Russian Certificate of Secondary General Education (Attestat ob Sredem Obschem Obrazovanii).
For more information on the schools above, please go to each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.