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Living in Russia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Russia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What are the schools in Russia like?

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"A pricey school with the curriculum of a mid-level American public school. It changed to common core a few years ago which is baffling and the change was done apparently without clear understanding of the international parents. It is now a mish mash of PYP, common core and IB programming. The math program is very poor. They run some standard testing but the computer systems often fail during testing and scores are therefore uneven. Teachers' kids appear to be given preferential treatment. Teachers have special use of facilities and parents are made to pay to even use the gym facilities! This school is sub par in my opinion. It is a shiny, beautiful building on the outside, without the academic structure you would expect. Administration is not responsive and can actually be unwelcoming to those who point out problems. We were glad to leave," said another parent with children at Anglo American School of Moscow in Moscow.

"Think hard about attending here. This school thinks it is much better than it is. The curriculum, particularly math, is very weak. Most parents engage tutors for the children to keep up with the home curriculum. The teachers' children receive preference in sports, drama clubs etc. The teachers receive preference for use of school facilities such as the workout room. It is not nearly good enough for the high tuition paid and the headmaster is ineffective. The administration does not welcome constructive criticism. The best advice? Attend ISM if given the choice," commented one expat when asked about Anglo American School in Moscow.

"I would recommend to do enroll child in advance (spring time) - otherwise you might loose the place for your child," explained one expat in Moscow, Russia with kids at Atlantic International School.

"I am very worried about this school. Is it a school? I'm not sure. It seems so strange that this is a school run by Turkish businessmen who have been given offices in a tiny school, when there are not enough classrooms for the children. I am getting the feeling that they have employed a few western teachers to give it a look of being credible, but they are hiding behind them. Everything is done so cheaply - and so is the canteen food. My children complain of the boring food! Not enough resources for students! ICT VERY tiny. I am paying good money - for what?," wrote an expat living in Moscow with children attending Atlantic International School.

"To look at the kindergarden at Rechnoy Vokzal as a good range of qualified teachers from a range of countries. It is a small school, where you get to know the teachers and all of the children know each other," said one commented one expat when asked about Atlantic International School in Moscow.

"Here everyone is welcome: the atmosphere is multicultural and English-speaking; As I've mentioned, there is a free trial week; Many tutors have worked out their own methods of teaching; Physical Education classes also include Physical Therapy; The celebrations and concerts held at school are amazing! I've been to a couple of schools in Saint-Petersburg and this one is really the best! Judging by my kid, the tutors know how to find a mutual understanding with any child and how to make him interested in studying," mentioned one expat living in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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Learn what members have to say about living in Russia.

Russia Forum Russia Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Russia on our Russia forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Russia Index Russia Index
An index of all of our site's Russia information.

Contribute to Russia Network Contribute
Help others in Russia by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Russia.

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