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International School of Herzen University

International School of Herzen University

Vosstania str., 8 "B", St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

+7 812 275 7684



International School of Herzen University
School type Coeducational Day
Status Private
Headteacher Lilia B. Lapteva
Language of Instruction English, Russian
Co-ed Age Range 6-18
Number of pupils 115
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP
Diploma Coordinator Irina Tomashpolskaia
MYP Coordinator Irina Tomashpolskaia
Associations IB

St. Petersburg - the cultural capital of Russia!

Our school is located in the heart of Russia's cultural capital which is home to over 200 museums, 100 theatres, and several world-renowned universities. Founded in 1993 as the first private school in the city, we use its rich history and cultural life as an extension of our classrooms. We also boast a historic tie with Herzen University, arguably Russia's finest university for teachers.

Our Tailor-Made Approach to Education

From our founding 25 years ago until the present day we have always been about our students. We love to share that our staff to student ratio is 1:2. From the moment families enter our school we work with the student, their parents, and our teachers to ensure that they get the education they need to succeed in an increasingly internationalized world that values critical thinking skills over the learning of content. We develop a flexible individual educational pathway combining different styles: regular group classes (never more than 10 students in a group), one-on-one with a subject teacher and, even guided independent study.


We proudly employ over 20 highly qualified language teachers that allow us to offer standard and advanced language classes in English, Russian, German, Spanish, and French.

Our World School Journey

Our school gained authorization as an IB MYP school in September 2017. In 2019 we successfully hosted an IB verification team and are now the only school in the city to offer the IB Diploma Programme. But our journey as a world school began much earlier. Besides our approach to education, our director always wanted our school to be different from other schools in our city in three main ways: (1) a focus on constant innovation in educational practices, (2) an internationally-minded environment, and (3) a holistic approach to the development of our students.

Even though we are newly authorized as an IB World School, we are proud that most of its principles have been integral to our community from the start. Our first set of MYP e-assessment results proved this by particularly impressive results in Mathematics and English Language and Literature. With our strong focus on hiring the best and helping them integrate educational best practice in the classroom - we are confident that our new Diploma Programme students will soar.

All Are Welcome

Although many of our students are local, we also boast diverse demography with students from Korea, China, the USA, and all over Europe. Due to our small size, we gladly welcome all students, whether they plan to stay in Russia for a semester or a lifetime. And with IB transitioning to another school is that much easier.