International School of Moscow
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The International School of Moscow (abbreviated ISM) is an international school serving the expatriate community in Moscow (children aged 2 to 16 years – Pre-Nursery to Year 11). All teachers are qualified in the United Kingdom. The school follows the English National Curriculum, which is one of three internationally recognised curricula. Students who graduate from National Curriculum schools may study in most universities worldwide, without additional examinations.
Location and facilities
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ISM is governed by the British Schools Foundation, a UK non-profit organisation which aims to promote quality British-style education worldwide; its day-to-day operation is overseen by a headmaster. The school is also an affiliate of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), and licensed by the Russian authorities.
The pre-school uses the Early Years Foundation Stage from ages 2–5. Offers of placement are made subject to assessment. Pre-school assessments are social in nature, and conducted over a one-hour period in the pre-nursery classroom.
Children are considered ready for (Pre)-Nursery when they:
- Can be separated from the main caregiver
- Are toilet trained
- Answer to their name
- Make eye contact
- Follow simple instructions in English (such as "come with me", "hold my hand", "take a seat", "do you need the toilet?", "wash your hands", "would you like a drink?")
- Art and design
- Dramatic arts
- Circuit training
The ISM has recently partnered with an orphanage and social-rehabilitation centre for children in Krylatskaya. Charity fundraising events have included a music marathon to benefit BBC's Children in Need.
The student body is primarily expatriate, representing over 45 nationalities. The school adheres to a strict admissions policy, maintaining English as the common language in the classroom and on the playground. The majority of students come from a native English-speaking background, and/or from English-speaking countries such as the UK, USA and Australia.
Parent representatives volunteer to be the primary contact for each class teacher. They meet regularly to coordinate parental involvement in class events and visits in support of the curriculum – the swimming gala, field trips and sports day, for example. The Event and Fundraising Committee (EFC) serves to encourage parental support, assist with fundraising and build school community and pride. All parents and guardians of ISM students are members, and are encouraged to contribute ideas for discussion at meetings; they are also informed of upcoming events. The EFC also acts as a steering group, making key decisions when planning and organising events. They receive regular feedback from parent representatives.