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

Anglo-American School of Moscow
Англо-американская школа - Москва
Beregovaya Street, 1 Moscow 125367, Russia

Other nameAAS
TypeNon- profit, International day school
DirectorRhonda Norris
Enrollment1200 students

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 a few miles northwest of downtown Moscow in the Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo District. 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 and moved to a new, purpose-built campus across the street from Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo Park and adjacent to Pokrovsky Hills in 2000. It now has over 1150 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 is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council of International Schools, and the International Baccalaureate Organization. It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the European Council of International Schools, and the Central and Eastern European Schools Association.


The school operates under the aegis of a director and a board of trustees. The director is Rhonda Norris, who arrived in 2018. It is 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 (Jeff Hinton for the elementary school, Noah Bohnen for the middle school, and Paul Sexton for the high school).

High school principal Paul Sexton will be moving from Moscow after the 2018–19 school year.

AAS campus with the sign

The high school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and a college-preparatory program leading to a high school diploma. The elementary school offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. 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.


The school board is responsible for the governance and oversight of the Anglo-American School of Moscow. The board consists of 12 members, including the board chairman John Kuschner.[3]

The board is composed of members selected as following:

  • Two voting members appointed by the British Chief of Mission
  • Two voting members appointed by the American Chief of Mission
  • One voting member appointed by the Canadian Chief of Mission
  • Three voting members elected by the Board: at least one member must be a national from a country not represented by an appointed member of the Board
  • One voting member elected by the Board from nominations forwarded by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Board briefs are published online after board meetings to keep the AAS community informed of important decisions being made.

Student body and life[edit]

As of the 2018–19 school year, AAS had 1200 students originating from more than 60 different countries.[4] AAS is permitted to grant enrollment to Russian nationals, even those without foreign passports. The class sizes typically range from 16-18 students per class, and with 150 teacher that means an 8:1 student teacher ratio. All teachers are principally from the UK, USA or Canada.


The school is a not-for-profit organization financed by school fees, though it does receive an 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 $18,400–$31,600 USD. Fees for the 2019–20 school year are:

Capital Fee on Entry $10,000
Pre-Kindergarten $18,400
Kindergarten - Grade 2 $27,000
Grade 3 - 5 $28,000
Grade 6 - 8 $29,200
Grade 9 - 10 $30,300
Grade 11 - 12 $31,600

Saint Petersburg campus[edit]

The school also had a campus in Saint Petersburg[5] which closed in September 2018.[6][7]

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. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Leadership & Governance - The Anglo-American School of Moscow". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  4. ^ "About Us - The Anglo-American School of Moscow". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  5. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2018-01-16 at the Wayback Machine." Anglo American School of St Petersburg. Retrieved on February 13, 2015.
  6. ^ Times, The Moscow (2018-09-28). "Anglo-American School in St. Petersburg Closes After 40 Years". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  7. ^ "Смольный опечатывает школу Новой Англии на Петроградской стороне. МИД не нашел там иммунитета после закрытия генконсульств". (in Russian). 2018-09-27. Retrieved 2019-04-13.

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