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Accreditations
and Programmes

As an international school, we are committed to processes that help us to improve and develop in accordance with both national and international standards.

Exupery International School is a fully authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) school currently offering the Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) for preschool and primary pupils and also International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) in senior school, while the middle school focuses on preparing for the UK IGCSEs which take place in the 10th grade.

For pupils in EIS Senior school, there is a choice between two of the most famous and demanded programmes: the British Advanced Levels programme or the IB DP. The school is authorised by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) to carry out the Advanced Levels programme, as well as the authorisation by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to implement the IB DP programme.

The School is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Boarding School's Association (BSA), which sets high standards for the organisation of the learning process and accommodation of Exupery boarding school pupils.

In addition to international authorisations, EIS has obtained accreditation from the Latvian Ministry of Education. This means that our pupils are assured an education that is, first and foremost, formally recognized by both national and international institutions.

In 2021 State Education Quality Service of Latvia awarded the international status to Exupery International School. The new status gives pupils of the school the opportunity to study following international educational programs in English and receive international diplomas, which are recognized in Latvia and in other countries around the world.

Primary school


'Our school is a place where students come to ask questions and learn, not a place where the learning is done to them. Future-proof education is about life-long learning, and being able to navigate a global society by applying knowledge, skills and character combined. This is a different type of education than one that sees learning as synonymous with taking in information.'

Marcelle van Leenen, Head of Preschool & Primary

Primary school program (P2 - P6)

Students develop and pursue their passions in order to be successful and contribute to a positive global future. At EIS, this is reflected in our students, staff, and curriculum that challenges and inspires our learners to explore, discover, and thrive. EIS is an IB World School and the Primary and Preschool School use the IB Primary Years Programme to offer a rigorous inquiry-based programme. Our goal is for our students in the Primary to want to come to school each day, excited to learn. The IB PYP provides the framework for that learning to take place. Through the PYP, students develop the knowledge, skills and understandings necessary to prepare them for a life-long learning journey.

EIS students are equipped with the ability to think independently, ask questions, express their opinions while at the same time showing respect for the opinions of others. EIS also emphasises the importance of the creative, social and physical areas with a clear goal of developing children’s social and emotional skills in order to navigate themselves within a community.

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Middle School

Middle years program (M1 - M4)

In the upper grades, EIS is following the international curriculum meeting the requirements of locally accredited programs and international standards. Our curriculum and pastoral care are structured around learning that stimulates and inspires learners to find their passions and wrap around support enabling them to become the best version of themselves. Students develop a range of cognitive strategies to enhance their comprehension and use of language, and our additional activity program is an intrinsic and interwoven part of life in the High School, where learners are entrusted with values of independence, scholarship, and leadership.

EIS provides highly engaging, rich, and varied educational experiences that allow students opportunities to develop their skills and abilities to their maximum potential. These challenges help to prepare them for the many demands of the 21st century. Our dedicated teachers challenge and inspire students to stretch their thinking. Carefully crafted learning experiences help students make connections across subject areas that help to develop deeper metacognition. Small class sizes provide a more learner-centred approach, thus ensuring that the individual strengths of our learners are recognized and supported.

To honor our host country, students have the opportunity to learn more about the language and culture of Latvia through the subject “Latvian Studies”. The course was developed by EIS in accordance with state regulations and includes the study of Latvian culture, language, history, and geography.

Disciplines taught in grades M1-M4
M1 M2 M3 M4
English (EIS Language of Instruction)
Russian/English/Latvian
Latvian/Russian/French as a Foreign Language
Mathematics
Art | Craft and Design
IT Strategies | Film
Science | Biology
Physics | Chemistry
Geography
Global Perspectives
Physical Education | PSHE
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M4

Beginning from M4, EIS students commence a two-year International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme accredited by Cambridge Assessment International Education. This programme includes the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Computer Technology (ICT) and Global perspectives. It is a content-rich programme designed to prepare students for further study wherever they are situated in the world. The programme introduces students to a number of connected disciplines, preparing them for High School.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education

After taking five IGCSE exams in M4, our students are awarded The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). In addition to international authorisations, EIS is accreditated by the Latvian Ministry of Education. This means that our students are assured an education that is, first and foremost, formally recognized by both national and international institutions. IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14–16-year-olds, taken in more than 160 countries. The IGCSE is recognised around the world by employers and universities as evidence of academic ability.

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Students’ achievements

We are very proud today to officially announce that two of our students participated in the National Round of the French Olympiad and achieved high overall results. Following their participation at the local and regional level, Aylar S.(Gr. 9) and Kristina M.(Gr. 6) took part in the National Olympiad on 8 February 2020, which was hosted by the University of Latvia’s Faculty of Humanitarian Sciences. Our young francophones took part in the category "French - second foreign language". In total there were about 250 participants from grades 5 to 12, and 90 of them passed to the National level. Aylar came in 3rd place in her age group, and Kristina received the incentive prize (4th place) among the students from her age group.

On December 4th 2019 the French Olympiad took place in Riga French Lycée already for the 50th time. This anniversary became a festive debut for us. It was the first time when a team of participants from grades 6, 8, and 9 tried their forces at this prestigious competition. Jelena Jesajana, our French teacher has been inspiring and training a team for two months and convinced the students to believe in themselves. We performed in the category French as a second foreign language. And we are happy and extremely proud to announce that the debut was successful: a 9th-grade student won the 3rd place, and an 8th-grade student received the incentive prize.

At the end of February, the Semarah Hotel Lielupe held an international children's and junior chess tournament, Rudaga-Kaissa 2019, in the lovely city of Jurmala. In the group for beginners (which had 26 participants), a 6th grade student, Andrei Ugolev, represented Exupery International School. Over the course of 7 games Andrei managed to score 6 points and take first place. Andrei's coach at EIS, Nikolai Kovshun, is a candidate master chess master and FIDE Instructor. Andrei also advanced to the fourth class in chess. Congratulations!

Our students recently won first place in the 2018 Hip-Hop Daugavpils Open Contest! The Exupery team, led by the fantastic choreographer and teacher Linda Paulauska, has received first place among beginners from 15 teams!

Exupery’s Grade 5 team has received the prestigious award of 2nd Place in this year’s Science Day competition! The team members competed against fellow students from all across Latvia. Their tasks included constructing an ecosystem’s food chain, working with buoyancy, producing chemical reactions, and solving a computer-based logic puzzle.

High School

(M5 - S2)

Why choose
Exupery International High school?

M5

At Exupery International School, we take a learner-centred approach. This means we work with students as individuals to help them find a pathway best suited to their needs. In M5 (Year 10) all IB and A Level program subjects are offered as a way to introduce learners to the IB or A Level syllabus. This preparation allows students and their families to make informed choices, in consultation with faculty members that will support their transition to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the Cambridge International AS & A Level programme.
At the end of M5 students take extended IGCSE exams in Combined Science, Maths, English Language and Literature. IGCSE is one of the most sought-after and recognised qualifications in the world. It is recognised by colleges and universities worldwide. An extended curriculum offers more challenging content for students aiming for grades from A* to E.

S1 – S2

There are two pathways of study available to EIS students. The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the Cambridge International AS & A Level programme.

What is the primary difference between the A Level and IB Diploma?

They are both popular terminal qualifications for school-based education and strong attainment indicators for university admission tutors.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (IBDP) provides a broad and balanced learning approach to subjects; whereas, the students taking the Advanced level (Cambridge International AS & A Levels), tend to become more specialised and focus on three of four subject areas that reflect the direction that they are likely to take at university level. The IB subjects can be taken as stand-alones, where an IB Certificate may be awarded (additionally to A Level Diploma)

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at EIS

To ensure both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts. 3 subjects may be taken at standard level (SL) and 3 subjects at higher level (HL).

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
Language A literature SL/HL
Latvian (School-Supported Self-Taught Language A)
SL/HL
Russian Language A - SL/HL
Other (School-Supported Self-Taught Language A)
SL/HL
Language Ab-initio
Language B
Russian B SL/HL
Russian Ab-initio SL
French B SL/HL
French Ab-initio SL
Global Politics SL/HL
Physics SL/HL
Biology SL/HL
Chemistry SL/HL
Math (Applications and Interpretation) SL
Math AA (Analysis and Approaches) HL
Film Studies SL/HL
(or one extra subject from another group)

Please note that 2 Group 1 subjects can be taken instead of a Group 2 subject, and that Group 6 can be replaced by another subject from another group.
Some courses are available through an online learning platform Pamoja. The school supports one Pamoja online course.
In addition to the 6 subjects that the students study in the IB, they also fulfil three Core requirements: TOK, CAS, and the EE.

Please note that 2 Group 1 subjects can be taken instead of a Group 2 subject, and that Group 6 can be replaced by another subject from another group.
Some courses are available through an online learning platform Pamoja. The school supports one Pamoja online course.
In addition to the 6 subjects that the students study in the IB, they also fulfil three Core requirements: TOK, CAS, and the EE.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is the capstone of the IB program. As one of the core requirements of the IB Diploma, TOK is an interdisciplinary class designed to help students question and understand how they know what they know. Students ask questions like “What makes a method scientific?” or “Is historical knowledge scientific?” or “How is reason different than faith?” The course is designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language, and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical, and historical).

Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS)

One of the core requirements of the Diploma is CAS. Creativity, activity, service requires students to actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Over their two years in the programme, diploma candidates must set goals and record their progress towards a set of “Learning Outcomes.” All DP candidates also complete a CAS project, for which they plan, complete, and reflect on an event that incorporates two or more of the CAS strands of creativity, action, and service.

The Extended Essay (EE)

The Extended Essay is a core requirement of the IB Diploma. Working with an advisor, Diploma Candidates, complete an independent research project in an area of personal interest, which culminates in a 4,000 word (11-14 page) essay. Students plan the paper in their junior year, write a draft over the summer, and revise it in the fall of their senior year. The extended essay is an opportunity for student to engage in independent research through an in-depth investigation of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery, and creativity.

  • Exams:

To receive the full award of the IB Diploma (IBDP) at EIS, students need to successfully complete six subjects, three at higher level and three at standard level, plus core components in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), an extended essay and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS). IB subjects are graded on a 1- 7 scale with 7 being the highest score. To qualify for the award of the IB Diploma a student must receive a combined score of 24 points across 6 subjects with at least 12 points from higher level subjects and a minimum of 9 points from standard level subjects. In addition to the 6 subjects, IB Diploma students are required to complete three Core elements – Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service).

The maximum points that can be awarded to an IB Diploma student is the full score of 45 with 42 points generated across the 6 subjects and 3 bonus points derived from Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.

  • IB Diploma:

The IB Diploma program is internationally recognized. It is recognized by universities from more than 90 countries. This includes the top ivy leagues in the world such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford.

  • Bilingual IB Diploma:

Our school offers an opportunity to receive a bilingual IB diploma. It is awarded to students who complete and receive a grade 3 or higher in two languages selected from the DP course studies in language and literature.

The Cambridge International AS & A Level program at EIS

Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary Levels (AS Levels) and Cambridge International Advanced Levels (A Levels) are subject-based qualifications taken in the final two years of high school at EIS. Cambridge International AS Level is typically a one-year programme of study, while Cambridge International A Level typically takes two years. Assessment takes place at the end of each programme. Students can decide how many A levels they wish to study, depending on their career choices, ability and advice given to them by teachers and careers services. Students aiming for university entry typically study three or four subjects to A level and an additional subject to AS level (3 Subjects + English Language AS level, if the student’s English is below C1 or 2 subjects + English A Level).

There are five A-level subjects on offer at EIS– some will be subjects that you studied at IGCSE and others may be new.

The choice of The Cambridge International AS & A Level program is to be done among:

  • Mathematics
  • English language
  • Computer Science
  • Art and Design
  • Psychology
  • The IB subjects can be taken as stand-aloness where an IB Certificate may be awarded (additionally to A Level Diploma).

    • Exams:

    The Cambridge International A Level is reported on a grade scale from A* (highest) to E (minimum required performance). There is no A* grade for Cambridge International AS Levels, which are reported from grade A to E. Each subject is graded separately, and no Grade Point Average is calculated. Separate certificates are issued for each examination series. Grades are awarded only for subjects that students pass. Students take the Cambridge International AS Level exams in Year 1 and in Year 2 complete the Cambridge International A Level.

    • Cambridge International A Levels Diploma:

    Our students use Cambridge International AS & A Levels to gain places at leading universities worldwide including the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. In countries such as the United States and Canada, good grades in carefully chosen Cambridge International A Level subjects can result in up to one year of university course credit.

    Our Boarding House

    In 2021 we opened a new and purpose-built facility offering over 5000 m² of additional space, including specialist laboratories, multifunctional classrooms, study labs, and common areas for teamwork. Our boarding house spaces were designed to meet all the needs of life away from home.

    Feel free to get in touch with us over the contact number + 371 266 22 777 or e-mail admissions@exupery.lv.

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