Most common questions prior to enrolment


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
  • Starting from schoolyear 2018/2019 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 8 mother tongue programmes: Estonian, Finnish, German, French, Italian, Greek, Hungarian and Latvian. 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

(Current prices – 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 started on November 2017; applications can be submitted until June 2018.

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, 1st.

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:

N1 4-5 2014/2013
N2 5-6 2013/2012
P1 6-7 2012/2011
P2 7-8 2011/2010
P3 8-9 2010/2009
P4 9-10 2009/2008
P5 10-11 2008/2007
S1 11-12 2007/2006
S2 12-13 2006/2005
S3 13-14 2005/2004
S4 14-15 2004/2003
S5 15-16 2003/2002
S6 16-17 2002/2001