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2020-04-02 00:02:13

TOP-10 best private schools in St. Petersburg

TOP-10 best private schools in St. Petersburg

Private schools in St. Petersburg vary significantly in quality of teaching, curriculum, conditions and cost. Some educational institutions offer traditions of gymnasium education with honored teachers of Russia, while others offer international programs with innovative approaches and native speakers. Only a parent and a student can answer the question of which school to choose in Saint Petersburg after studying the rankings, feedback from students and the learning system.

TOP-10 private schools in St. Petersburg: list and selection criteria

When choosing a school for a child in St. Petersburg, it is important to study:

  1. Availability of accreditations, licenses and certificates;
  2. School Profile;
  3. Location;
  4. Language of instruction;
  5. School programs;
  6. Teaching Staff;
  7. Form of education;
  8. What is included in the price and is there an entry fee;
  9. Conditions: class size, facility level;
  10. Introductory requirements.

Private St. Petersburg ranking


Cambridge International School »(CIS Russia)




Brookes Saint Petersburg


"The trajectory of life"


Insight International School




International Education Center “Aspect”


Gymnasium "Northern Venice"




The British School of Saint Petersburg

Best schools in St. Petersburg: ranking with a detailed description

  1. Cambridge International School (CIS Russia)

A private school was opened in early 2019 and immediately entered the list of the most expensive educational institutions in the city. The secret of high prices in the educational services provided is that you can get a classic Cambridge education under the guidance of qualified teachers from Britain, Australia, the USA and Canada.

Graduates of the school receive double diplomas - the Cambridge international certificate and the Russian state diploma.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Furniture 11a
  • Age: 3-18
  • Accreditation: Ministry of Education of the Moscow Region and the international center Edexcel
  • Class size: up to 18 people
  • Educational program: Cambridge international programs AS, A-Level, IGCSE and the Russian program
  • Language of instruction: English, Russian
  • Form of study: full-time
  • Cost: from 10,850 - 15,660  per year
  • Entrance fee: 5,000 .

The educational institution offers a wide selection of sections and electives, but they are paid separately: the cost of one class (music, vocals, choreography) will range from 770  to 2,200  a year. This is a day school with no campus facilities. CIS is located in the northern part of the city and has modern infrastructure, spacious classrooms, a library, a creative studio, a dining room and a medical office.

  1. "Diplomat"

The educational institution was opened in 1993 and offers education in the Russian educational program. "Diplomat" is a member of the Association of the best schools of Russia and positions itself as an exclusive school with its own developments. So, in the educational institution there is a program “Emotional Intelligence”, which was developed together with American scientists.

The teaching staff of the school consists of teachers with the highest and first qualifications, many of the teachers have honorary titles and awards. Pupils of the school regularly participate in olympiads, championships and conferences - only in recent years 63 students have become prize-winners of the All-Russian Olympiad in all subjects.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, ul. Butcher 11
  • Age: 3-18
  • Accreditation: License of the Education Committee of the Government of St. Petersburg
  • Class size: up to 18 people
  • Educational program: Russian
  • Language of instruction: Russian
  • Educational format: day school
  • Cost: from 460  to 530  per month.

The price includes not only the curriculum, but also educational materials, breakfasts, an extended day group, school transport and classes in circles and sections. The educational institution works on a five-day working week.

  1. Brookes Saint Petersburg

The international school with the International Baccalaureate program is considered one of the best in Russia. Brookes Saint Petersburg is part of the Brookes Education Group, a large network of private schools located around the world. The main goal of the educational institution is to unleash the potential of students thanks to the favorable atmosphere and professionalism of teachers. Children are enrolled in the international IB program, which places particular emphasis on developing students' natural interest in science. No less attention is paid to the formation of valuable personal qualities - leadership, the ability to think critically and apply a creative approach in all areas of knowledge.

Lessons are held in English, native teachers work with students. Brookes Saint Petersburg offers exchange programs that expand student horizons. Students can visit the Brookes Education Group campuses located in major cities around the world.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Tatar Lane 3-5
  • Age: 3-18
  • Number of students: 70 (kindergarten) and 180 (school)
  • Class size: up to 10 people
  • Educational Program: International International Baccalaureate
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Educational format: day school
  • Cost: from 12,050  to 27,710  per year
  • Entrance fee: 4,484 .
  1. "The trajectory of life"

The Trajectory of Life combines Western traditions with Russian traditions in teaching and creating a favorable atmosphere. The progressive approaches of the school are expressed in an individual approach to each student, the desire for diversified development and the formation of future competencies. The positive experience of students is based on the school environment in which they are psychologically comfortable. Teachers give feedback every day, a photo report and constantly maintain contact with parents.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Northern Road
  • Age: 4-18
  • Class size: up to 8 people
  • Educational program: Russian
  • Language of instruction: Russian
  • Cost: from 15,900 per year.

The "Life Path" has an excellent technical and material base, spacious classes, the school has a cozy and unusual design.

  1. Insight International School

The oldest international school in the city was founded in 2001. Initially, the school opened for students of English-speaking expats living in St. Petersburg, but today both foreign students and Russian students study in it. Insight International School has an international atmosphere and constantly confirms the high quality of educational services: the educational institution is annually audited by the British organization UK National Curriculum Assessment. Insight International School is the only educational institution recognized by the Association of British Schools ISA.

Graduates of the school receive double diplomas - the Russian state "School of Russia" and the British National Curriculum. Both programs are mastered simultaneously and in full.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Krestovsky Prospect, 22
  • Age: 3-11
  • Class size: up to 10 people
  • Educational program: British
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Cost: from 12,900  to 17,350  per year.

Pupils of the school traditionally spend the summer semester in England among English peers in St. John's International School. The educational institution has modern infrastructure, located in an ecologically clean area, special attention is paid to nutrition and physical development of students: students eat 4 times a day in their own dining room, participate in sports, go out for a walk twice.

  1. "GROWTH"

The educational institution was opened about 20 years ago: today "GROWTH" offers high-quality programs, traditions of gymnasium education and copyright methods. "GROWTH" is aimed at combining classical education and introducing students to the values of the Christian world.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, 27 Engels Ave.
  • Age: 3-18
  • Class size: up to 12 people
  • Educational program: Russian
  • Language of instruction: Russian
  • Educational format: full-time school.

Programs: kindergarten with preparation for school, primary and secondary schools, children's music studio, preparation for the exam and the English club.

  1. International Education Center “Aspect”

Preparatory school and elementary classes with the British Standard program, which is close to the educational model of Great Britain. Experienced educators from Russia, the USA and Great Britain work with students.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Vyazovaya 8
  • Age: 6-18
  • Class size: up to 15 people
  • Educational program: Russian
  • Language of instruction: Russian
  • Educational format: full-time school.
  1. Gymnasium "Northern Venice"

The gymnasium was created in 2010 as an investment social project in collaboration with the Russian Pedagogical University. A.I. Herzen (Department of Psychology). The educational process is organized in a full day mode - students receive full 3 meals a day and are constantly under the supervision of experienced teachers. Graduates of the school confidently enter the leading universities of St. Petersburg and go to receive higher education abroad.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Moskovsky Prospect 82
  • Accreditation: License of the Education Committee of the Government of St. Petersburg
  • Age: 5-18
  • Form of study: half board
  • Class size: up to 15 people
  • Educational program: Russian
  • Language of instruction: Russian
  • Cost: about 13,250  per year.

  1. "Wash"

A specialized school with 4 areas: economics and business, humanities and law, management and psychology, computer science and information technology. Students weekly receive specialized education for 6-8 hours, are sent to practice in large companies. Although the main language of instruction at the school is Russian, “Wash” has created excellent conditions for learning English from an early age. So, in the school there is an English kindergarten and a college of European languages, IQ college for students from 1.5 to 7 years.

The educational institution occupies a large four-story building, on the territory of which modern classes, business classrooms, academic rooms and computer classes are located.

The main curriculum is state-sponsored: at the end of school, students pass the exam, can pass the Cambridge exams. According to the exam results, the educational institution is in the TOP-25 of the best schools in the city. The school annually provides grants for free tuition.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Tramway lane 20
  • Accreditation: License of the Education Committee of the Government of St. Petersburg
  • Age: 1.5+
  • Profile classes: Grades 7-11
  • Number of students: about 350
  • Form of study: half board
  • Class size: up to 15 people
  • Educational program: Russian “School of Russia”
  • Language of instruction: Russian or English
  • Educational format: full-time school.

The school was founded in 1989: during its work, “Wash” has collected many awards and is considered one of the most prestigious schools in the city. In their free time, students will enjoy active extracurricular activities and entertainment.

  1. The British School of Saint Petersburg

A private institution offers education in the national British program, the language of instruction is English. Upon graduation, graduates will receive international certificates and will be able to continue their studies at any university in Europe.

The school believes that for the formation of a diverse personality, the educational process must go beyond the classroom. So, playing tennis, students can develop mathematical abilities in practice, and playing the violin will help to develop not only musical ear, but also intellectual abilities. Therefore, The British School of Saint Petersburg invested considerable funds to create a modern and diverse infrastructure: after classes, students actively spend time participating in school events and visiting various sections.

  • Location: St. Petersburg, ul. Zhdanovskaya
  • Age: 6-10
  • Form of study: full-time
  • Class size: up to 15 people
  • Educational Program: UK National Program
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Educational format: day school
  • Cost: about 16,900  per year.

The school’s teaching system is interesting - upon admission, students are divided into faculties, which are headed by deans. The faculties are named after famous scientists - Turing, Shackleton, Franklin and Eliot. During study, faculties compete with each other and receive points equivalent to financial means. At the end of the year, the faculty with the largest amount transfers money to charity funds.


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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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