Admission

ADMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2019/2020!
For Nursery and French Section classes, admissions remain open also for the school year 2018/2019. All other applications for admission during the ongoing school year will be studied on a case-by-case basis.
Please read the information below carefully before starting the application process.

The registration fee is 60 Euros.

Once the complete application has been received by TES, the parents or a legal representative will be informed in writing and a statement for the required registration fee in the amount of 60 € will be included. The registration fee does not apply to the children of employees of EU institutions and agencies. Registration fee is a one-time, non-refundable fee. If the Pupil is accepted to TES, the registration fee will be deducted from the annual tuition fee. The registration fee is to be paid by bank transfer or credit card payment. Cash payments are not accepted.

In case the registration fee is not paid, the application documents will not be processed.

Tallinn European School annual tuition fees for the 2018/2019 school year:

  • Nursery: 3 300 EUR
  • Primary: 3 860 EUR
  • Secondary: 4 725 EUR

The annual tuition fees for the school year 2019/2020 are not set yet. The maximum increase rate is 10% per school year. 

In accordance with the Admission Procedure of the Tallinn European School, 25% of the yearly tuition fee has to be paid prior to the start of the school year. An invoice for this amount will be sent to the parents.

If at the end of the school year, the tuition fee has been only partially paid, or remains unpaid, the pupil(s) of the families concerned will be removed from the school list.

Please take note that the costs of the following facilities are not included:

  • Canteen
  • Extracurricular activities and Aftercare
  • Account holder/Beneficiary: Rahandusministeerium (The Ministry of Finance)
  • Bank account numbers:
    • SEB Bank: EE 89 1010 2200 3479 6011; EEUHEE2X
    • Swedbank: EE 93 2200 2210 2377 8606; HABAEE2X
    • Luminor Bank: EE 70 1700 0170 0157 7198; NDEAEE2X
  • Reference number: 3500080886
  • Explanation: European School tuition fee, Number of the Schooling Contract, name and class of the Pupil.

TES primarily enrolls:

  • Children of employees of EU institutions and agencies.
  • Children of foreigners living and working in Estonia if at least one parent works in a foreign diplomatic position and if the child’s mother tongue / dominant language is not Estonian;
  • Children who have studied abroad in the European Schools’ system or International School for at least three years, due to the fact that one of their parents is working or worked in a foreign state according to the employer’s written confirmation;
  • Children of foreigners living and working in Estonia, if the mother tongue / dominant language of the child is an official language of the EU other than Estonian;
  • Children of TES employees with a contract of at least 60%, if the mother tongue / dominant language of the child is not Estonian.

Please note that the ranking of the applications is based on our Target Groups (please see above). The school will guarantee a place for the children of employees of EU institutions and agencies. All other pupils can be placed upon availability.

The enrolment documents can be submitted through our online application form

You can also arrange an appointment (phone: +372 735 0795, email: info@est.edu.ee) for delivering the documents.

1) What kind of school is Tallinn European School?

The European Schools came into being in 1953 and were established to promote the mobility of European officials. The education is designed to ensure that, after a stay abroad, children can enrol in a school in their home country without too many difficulties or can continue their school career at a European School in another European country. Therefore, such schools are established where European institutions and agencies are located.  The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security, and justice (EU-LISA) was established in Tallinn in 2014.

Tallinn European School offers education that meets the pedagogical requirements laid down for the European Schools within the framework of the national school networks of the Member States. More information about the European schools can be found on the official website of the European Schools www.eursc.eu.

Tallinn European School provides general education in Nursery, Primary and Secondary level.

  • Nursery (N1-N2; pupils’ age 4-6)
  • Primary (P1-P5; pupils’ age 6-11)
  • Secondary (S1-S7; pupils’ age 11-19)
2) What curriculum does the school follow?

The school follows the European School (The European Baccalaureate) curriculum.

The main aspects of the curriculum are the following:

a) European dimension and Solidarity

b) Cultural Diversity and Tolerance

c) Multilingualism

  • Mother tongue/dominant language/L1 – compulsory subject N1-S7
  • Second language (L2) – compulsory subject in P1-S7
  • Language 3 – compulsory subject in S1-S5
  • Target languages are the official languages of EU.

d) Subjects taught in L2 – in classes S3-S7.


3) What is the primary language that is used throughout the school?
  • English is the primary language of communication in school
  • TES offers two language sections: English and French
  •  1 subject in Primary and at least 3 subjects in Secondary taught in Language 2, e.g. in French or in German

4) What are the languages offered?

English is the language of instructions in the English section.

French is the language of instructions in the French section.

In addition, there are 10 mother tongue programmes (for the school year 2018/2019): Estonian, Finnish, German, French, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Latvian and Lithuanian. If the child is following a mother tongue program then his/her second language must be English (English section) or French (French section). In case there are less than five pupils in one level the lessons will be taught in combined classes.

Language 2 – English, German and French

Language 3 – Spanish, German, French and Estonian. L3 language groups are opened in case there are at least 3 pupils who have chosen the same language.


5) How much does it cost to send my child to Tallinn European School?

Nursery – 3300 Euros/per year

Primary – 3860 Euros/per year

Secondary – 4725 Euros per year

(Prices for the school year 2018/2019 – the maximum increase rate is 10% per school year)


6) What is included in tuition fee?

Tuition fee includes study materials (books and workbooks) and compulsory educational visits. The rest of the school supplies have to be purchased by the parents. After-care, extra-curricular activities and catering is charge in addition to school fees.


7) Does the school have a uniform?

TES does not have a uniform. Instead, we have school logo items for boys and girls of different ages.


8) When can the parent make an application for their child to join TES?

The application period starts every year in November. Applications can be submitted until August, but cannot be processed in July, during the school’s summer break. 


9) What can parents do if the family relocate outside of these application times and the parent wish to apply?

New applications will be considered only for the children of employees of European Union Agencies and Institutions. In case of vacancies, the school has the right to decide whether or not to accept applications outside the application period.


10) What does the application process involve?
  • Completing the necessary enrolment documents and applicable documentation
  • The family interview can be done via Skype. The interview is meant for getting a better understanding of the pupil’s previous education, the family’s routines and values, languages spoken at home etc.
  • Trial day(s) to give the child an opportunity to spend time with the prospective class as well as estimate his/her current level in subjects and see how he/she would fit in.
  • Language tests
    • Section language test (either English or French) starting from Primary 3
    • Test in Language 2 starting from Primary 3
    • Test in Language 3 starting from Secondary 2
  • Subject test: Mathematics (if required)
  • Result of application

Trial day and language tests have to be done prior to September.


11) How does the school decide what is the correct class level of an applicant?

We are following the table of equivalences (please see here), drawn up in accordance with Article 11 of the Convention defining the Statute of the European Schools, determines the level at which pupils who have successfully completed a period of study in a state/public sector school or educational establishment recognised by one of the Contracting Parties and who holds a certificate to that effect from the educational authorities of that country are accepted. The table also sets out the conditions for recognition in each of those countries, pursuant to Article 5 of the Convention, of years of study successfully completed at the European School.

However, it is not only previous education that is evaluated when placing a pupil who is transferring. The age and emotional maturity are also taken into consideration.

Pupils are admitted to the school at the beginning of the school year in of the calendar year in which the child reaches the minimum age of the class requested:

SCHOOL YEAR 2018/2019AGEYEAR OF BIRTH
Nursery 14-52015/2014
Nursery 25-62014/2013
Primary 16-72013/2012
Primary 27-82012/2011
Primary 38-92011/2010
Primary 49-102010/2009
Primary 510-112009/2008
Secondary 111-122008/2007
Secondary 212-132007/2006
Secondary 313-142006/2005
Secondary 414-152005/2004
Secondary 515-162004/2003
Secondary 616-172003/2002