Education and Schools in Moscow
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Schools in Moscow have deteriorated in standard since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The government is currently trying its best to jump-start the education system, but improvement will likely take time.
In light of this fact, most expats choose to send their children to international schools. Expat parents find that the teaching language and the method of instruction in public and private schools are not ideal for foreign children.
The school year in Moscow follows the northern hemisphere pattern, with the longest break being in the summer months. The school week is generally Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3pm.
International schools in Moscow
Most international schools in Moscow are expensive. Curriculum models range from those that follow American or British teaching systems to ones that combine the Russian curriculum with international curricula. There are several English-language schools to choose from, and there is also a German school, Korean school and Indian school. Most of these schools compete against each other in sports and in other extra-curricular activities.
Demand for the most prestigious schools can be high, and long waiting lists are to be expected. For this reason, expat parents moving to Moscow should attempt to enrol their children as early as possible.