Director's message


Dear Students, Parents and Visitors

I would like to welcome you to the International School Riga and hope this website provides a useful overview of our school and community.

Your children and our students are at the forefront of what ISR is all about. Our vision sets us high targets and ensures that children and their learning are the focal point of decision making within the school. The Student Council plays an important role in providing feedback and suggesting ideas for future consideration. They also help coordinate the increasing number of community service projects that ISR is engaged in. This is important work and highlights the central role our students have in shaping the future of the school.

Our students and their families come from around the world representing more than 40 nationalities. ISR families provide a rich mix of culture and talent which together help provide a truly international experience for both our Latvian and non-Latvian students. Parents are a vital part of life at ISR and many enrich our programme through their direct participation in the educational experience. We are an open and welcoming school with parents encouraged to become a part of the community through volunteer and social events.

You visit us at an exciting time in our continued progress and development. ISR has always been proud of the learning experiences it has provided in the Primary School and more recently in the Middle School where ISR was amongst the very first schools in the world to adopt the International Middle Year Curriculum. For Grades 9 and 10 ISR has adopted the Cambridge IGCSE programme and Grades 11 and 12 follow the Cambridge ‘A’ level programme.

ISR is an authorised International Baccalaureate PYP World School and we continually review our teaching to ensure we maintain high quality learning experiences for all students.

Our full accreditation by the Council of International Schools and the Latvian Ministry of Education serves to highlight our commitment to a process of on-going review and renewal. By sending your child to ISR you will become an important partner in this process and you can be sure that your thoughts and comments will be heard.

Enjoying some the best facilities in the Baltic region, ISR offers a wide variety of extracurricular and sports activities. Students have opportunities to participate in Model United Nations, Swimming, Foreign languages, Piano, Choir, Football, Yoga, Cross country Skiing, Poetry, Fencing and Film among many others.

ISR seeks to recruit the very best teachers from within Latvia and from around the world and attends the Council of International Schools and Search Associates Recruitment Fairs each year.

Selecting a school for your children can be difficult but I hope that these pages help you with your decision. If you are visiting Riga please contact us and we will happily show you around the school and give you an opportunity to experience the special atmosphere. If you are unable to visit then please feel free to contact us with any further details you may require.

I hope to see you in Riga soon and hope this website provides a useful overview of our school and community.  

Lee Chalkly
Director