Admission

Please read the information below carefully before starting the application process.

The admission period for the 2021-22 school year are open!

If you have any question regarding the admissions process, please feel free to contact our Admission Secretary Iris Mäeker: iris.maeker@est.edu.ee

Please make sure to read the Admission Policy before starting the application process.

From January 2021 the registration fee is 120 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 120 euros 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. 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 2021-22 school year are:

  • Nursery: 3,630.00 euros
  • Primary: 4,240.00 euros
  • Secondary: 5,190.00 euros

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
  • Aftercare
  • Transport
  • Field trips and study visits
  • Special education needs
  • Study materials

Tallinn European School is entitled to grant tuition fee reductions in the following cases:

  • Family-based Reduction: more than one child of the same family is studying at Tallinn European School.
  • Employee’s Reduction: the parent or legal representative of the pupil studying at Tallinn European School works at TES (teachers and other staff members) with a minimum of 0,6 workload.

More information and applications for tuition fee reductions

  • 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 on the invoice.
  • Explanation: European School tuition fee, Number of the Schooling Contract, name and class of the Pupil.

TES primarily enrols:

  • Children of employees of the European Union institutions and agencies;
  • Children of foreigners living and working in Estonia, if the children cannot study in their mother tongue/dominant language (called L1 in European Baccalaureate curriculum) in a local state or private school;
  • Children of TES teachers and employees with an employment contract of at least 0,6 workload, if the children cannot study in their mother tongue/dominant language (L1) in a local state or private school;
  • Provided there are unfilled study places, children of the members of Estonian diplomatic corps;
  • Provided there are unfilled study places, children who could study in their mother tongue/dominant language (L1) in a local state or private school, but who have studied previously for at least 2 (two) years in a European School abroad at Primary (P1-P5) or Secondary (S1-S6) level;
  • Provided there are unfilled study places, children whose mother tongue/dominant languages (L1) is not one of the section languages of TES (English, French), but who have studied previously for at least 2 (two) years in an international school in one of these languages;
  • Provided there are study places available, siblings of previously enrolled TES pupils under the aforementioned conditions.

Please note that the ranking of the applications is based on our Target Groups (see above). The school will guarantee a place for the children of employees of EU institutions and agencies (Category 1). All other pupils (Category 2) can be placed upon availability.

The enrolment documents can be submitted through the APPLICATION FORM.

You can also arrange an appointment with our Admission Secretary Iris Mäeker (phone: +372 6311 331, email: admission@est.edu.ee) for delivering the documents.

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 an 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 (N0-N2; pupils’ age 3-6)
  • Primary (P1-P5; pupils’ age 6-11)
  • Secondary (S1-S7; pupils’ age 11-19)
What curriculum does the school follow?

The school follows the curriculum of the European Schools leading to the European Baccalaureate.

The curriculum focuses on different aspects of education:

  • European dimension and Solidarity
  • Cultural Diversity and Tolerance
  • Multilingualism
    • TES offers two language sections: English (all classes) and French (Nursery and Primary only).
    • The mother tongue/dominant language (L1) is compulsory from P1 to S7.
    • A second language (L2) is compulsory from P1 to S7. Some subjects are taught in Language 2, especially from S3 (Human sciences…).
    • A third language (L3) is compulsory from S1 to S5 (optional in S6 and S7).
    • In addition, it is possible to pick a fourth (L4) and fifth language (L5) (optional from S4 and S6 respectively).
    • The target languages are the official languages of the EU.
What is the primary language that is used throughout the school?
  • English is the primary language of communication and instructions in the English-speaking section and more generally in the school.
  • French is the primary language of communication and instructions in the French-speaking section.
What are the languages offered?
  • Besides the section languages (English and French), the following languages are offered (for the 2020-21 school year) as L1: Bulgarian, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Spanish and Swedish. In case there are less than five pupils at one level, lessons can be taught in combined classes.
  • The L2 offered are English, German and French. Children with the L1 mentioned above have the language of their section as L2.
  • The L3 offered are Spanish, German and French.
  • Estonian is proposed as a host country language (HCL) in P3 to S2 and pupils are in level groups.
How much does it cost to send my child to Tallinn European School?
  • Nursery: 3,630.00 euros per year
  • Primary: 4,240.00 euros per year
  • Secondary: 5,190.00 euros per year

(Tuition fees for the 2021-22 school year – the maximum increase rate is 10% per school year)

Please take note that the costs of the following facilities are not included: canteen, extracurricular activities, aftercare, transport, field trips and study visits, special education needs, study materials.

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

The application period for the next school year starts every year in January. Applications can be submitted until the end of the school year in June. Applications are not processed in July, during the school’s summer break.

What can parents do if the family relocates outside of these application times and the parents 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.

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) – if needed or requested – 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 (if needed):
    • 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)
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 2021-2022AGEYEAR OF BIRTH
Nursery 032018
Nursery 14-52017/2016
Nursery 25-62016/2015
Primary 16-72015/2014
Primary 27-82014/2013
Primary 38-92013/2012
Primary 49-102012/2011
Primary 510-112011/2010
Secondary 111-122010/2009
Secondary 212-132009/2008
Secondary 313-142008/2007
Secondary 414-152007/2006
Secondary 515-162006/2005
Secondary 616-172005/2004

We have received your application. Thank you!

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