Anglo-American School of Moscow

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Coordinates: 55°45′22″N 37°37′05″E / 55.756°N 37.618°E / 55.756; 37.618

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The Anglo-American School of Moscow (Russian: Англо-американская школа - Москва "Anglo-amerikanskaya Shkola - Moskva") in Moscow, Russia, is an independent, non-profit, co-educational, international day school catering for students between the ages of 4 and 18, chartered by the American, British and Canadian embassies. It is located in the Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo District in the north-west of Moscow. Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade is available and utilizes the International Baccalaureate program, including the Primary Years Program for younger children. It was founded in 1949 for the children of embassy officials in Russia. It moved to a new, purpose-built campus in a wooded location in north west Moscow, near Pokrovsky Hills, in 2000, and now has over 1250 students from over 60 nationalities. The majority of students are the children of diplomats and foreign businesspeople. Further improvements since 2000 have seen the addition of a 630-seat theater, a swimming pool, an all-weather sports pitch, and additional classrooms.[1]


The school was organized into three divisions, Elementary School (pre-K to grade 5), the Middle School (grades 6–8) and High School (grades 9–12). Each division has a Principal (Elementary School: Michelle Alzamora, Middle School: Noah Bohnen, High School: Paul Sexton), the whole school operating under the aegis of a Director and a Board of Trustees. The Director is Jon Zurfluh, who arrived in 2011, replacing Drew Alexander who had been head of the school from 2003 to 2011. Class sizes are typically 18 students.[citation needed]

The high school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), and also a college-preparatory program leading to a High School Diploma. The elementary school offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The school performs well,[2] some graduates being accepted by Ivy League schools, and has been maintaining an IB score that is above the world average.

First priority on admission is given to the children of American, British and Canadian diplomats, second priority is for the children of those countries (America, Britain and Canada) and third is given to children whose parents work for a company or organization that has reserved seats. Any remaining places are available to any child who meets the general admission requirements, while limiting to 15% the number of students from any one country except the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. The school is currently heavily oversubscribed, but welcomes admissions inquiries.

On December 29, 2016, the school was falsely reported to have been closed in response to U.S. sanctions for Russia's interference in the U.S. election. Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said it was a lie that the school had been shut.[3] The school confirmed in a statement that Russian officials had refuted the story and the school added that it would re-open as scheduled after the New Year's break.[4]

Financial costs[edit]

The school is a not-for-profit organization wholly financed by school fees, though it does receive a small annual U.S. State Department grant which is used to enhance learning support programs and campus security. Support from the chartering embassies is of a non-financial nature.

Fees differ by age group, ranging from $17,000–$31,300 USD. Specific School Year 2015–16 fees will be as follows:

Moscow St Petersburg
Seat Fee on Entry $10,000 $8,000 (2015–16 new students only)
Pre-Kindergarten $17,500 N/A
Kindergarten to Grade 2 $26,250 $25,500
Grade 3 to Grade 5 $26,750 $26,500
Grade 6 to Grade 8 $28,400 $270,500
Grade 9 to Grade 10 $29,750 $28,500
Grade 11 to Grade 12 $31,300 $28,500

Saint Petersburg campus[edit]

The school also had a campus in Saint Petersburg[5]

See also[edit]

Russian embassy schools in the United States and United Kingdom:


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  2. ^ "High School Profile 2016-2017". The Anglo-American School of Moscow. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Russia moves to expel US diplomats in response to sanctions". BBC. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  4. ^ Forster, Ian (31 December 2016). "Message from the Director regarding media reports of the closure of the Anglo American School Moscow campus". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Contact Us." Anglo American School of St Petersburg. Retrieved on February 13, 2015.

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