The objective of the Tartu International School’s (TIS) curriculum is to support each student’s individual development, through taking into consideration their individual needs, ethnicity, cultural background, and plans for the student’s further education.
The curriculum of TIS is based on the Estonian national curriculum for basic schools and on the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The ideas and requirements of the relevant community groups, such as the owners of the school, students and staff, parents and stakeholders, have been taken into consideration when composing the TIS curriculum.
Grades 1–6 follow the IB Primary Years Programme, which is a transdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach to learning. There are six transdisciplinary themes of global significance that guide students to become caring, active participants in the lifelong journey of learning. The units of inquiry are delivered by class teachers and subject specialists.
Grades 7–9 follow the Estonian national curriculum, which has been adapted to the needs of an international student body. Also, we are working towards the implementation of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The subjects are delivered by specialist teachers of a specific field.
The curriculum, methodology, learning environment and use of ICT provide students with a balanced learning experience, which allows them to make connections between studies and the real world, and continue studies at the next level of education.