Welcome to the International School of Latvia

Dear Parents,

As the 2014-2015 school year comes to an end, I want to thank you for all we have accomplished as a community and keep you informed of some changes you will see when you return next year.

This has been a very successful year. On the 30th of May, 15 Grade 12 students graduated to become our Class of 2015. They have offers from well-respected universities. We now have an Advisory program in both Middle School and High School which supports students in the affective part of their lives and helps us to further develop a positive school culture. In Elementary School, teachers have developed and implemented exciting new Units of Inquiry.

And let’s not forget the new offices and the relocation of the front desk, as well as the placement of the temporary classrooms. Last, and definitely not least, our purchase of the land adjacent to the school became a reality, giving us room for future expansion.

There is one change in staffing for next year that I want to share with you now. Ms. Ieva Smits spent this past year serving as the Assistant Middle School Principal and Middle Years Program Coordinator. While she did a great job in these roles, it meant that she spent less time doing what she loves - teaching classes. Recently, she came to me and asked if it would be possible to return to the classroom full-time. Of course, I want to support staff requests whenever possible, and though it was late in the year, we have been able to sort things out in a very positive way.

Much to her (and our) delight, Ieva Smits will return to the Middle School classroom full-time next year and will continue to work with CAS Coordination. Ms. Jaime Pustis, who joins us in August, will serve as Assistant Principal for the Middle School and will teach Middle School classes as well. Ms. Pustis comes to us with years of international school experience as well as mid-level administrative experience. Ms. Elizabeth Phillips, who has been teaching Middle and High School classes for two years here at ISL, and who has coordinated the grade 10 Personal Project, will serve as the Middle Years Program Coordinator. Her attention to detail and her passion for this age group insures that our students will be in good hands.

At this time of the year, there are always changes...some staff and students leave us and new staff and students join us. This year we are saying “good bye and good luck” to Diana Baudere,  Ekaterina Friedman,  Mark Friedman, Liga Husko, Skye Salveson, Nick Schubert, Sloane Schubert, Sarma Svilans and Jeffrey Young. I’ll introduce our new staff to you at the beginning of August.

Remember, our first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year is Wednesday, August 19th. School starts promptly at 8:30 with our flag-raising ceremony, weather permitting, in front of the building at our flag poles. Do plan to arrive early as the parking lot fills up very quickly.

Again, thank you for all you have done to support your children and the school. If you are leaving us, I wish you all the best as you transition into the next chapter of your life. Please know that you will always be a part of ISL. For those of you who are returning, have a wonderful, safe vacation and I look forward to welcoming you back in August.

All the best,

Mary Russman , Director


We are very proud to be the only Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12 International Baccalaureate World School in the Baltics.  The International School of Latvia is the oldest and most experienced international school in the country, and we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year.  Located in the small town of Pinki, just minutes away from Riga and Jurmala, our purpose-built-school houses more than 330 students from over 30 countries. Our international flavor also extends to our faculty who come from the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Latvia, Israel, Australia, and Russia.  This diversity and the wide-range of activities and sporting fixtures across Central and Eastern Europe gives our students a truly International experience while at our school.  We are a community of staff, students and parents who work together in our school community and in the world around us.  We build academic excellence through a balanced education using English as a common language.  We strive to promote responsibility, integrity, and respect in all our students through an international view of the world.

We hope our website provides you with all the information you might need, but if you seek more information, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help. 


School Programs

Elementary School

IB Primary Years Program

The Elementary school follows the PYP (Primary Years Program) designed for international students aged 3-12.

The Middle School 

IB Middle Years Program

The Middle school follows the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) which continues the work established in the PYP and prepares students for the challenges of the high school IBDP program bridging the two programs. 

The High School

IB Middle years/Diploma Program


Our High School consists of students from Grades 9 to 12.  In the first two years of High School, students gain independence and initiative as they become more involved in the leadership of the student body.  They also prepare for the Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12.  An important part of these final years is our college counseling program, which assists students in finding the right path in their future studies.  Graduates of ISL have been accepted into many prestigious universities.