International Pre-School

of St. Petersburg

since 1993


International Pre-School of St. Petersburg


The International Pre-School of St. Petersburg is a parent-run cooperative school committed to providing safe, affordable, high-quality English-speaking care for children aged 2½ to 5.

  • St. Petersburg’s oldest pre-school (since 1993)
  • Unique early-years programme for children aged 2½ to 5
  • Five additional special classes/activities
  • Group size limited to 12 children
  • Bi-lingual environment, multi-lingual group
  • Parental involvement – affordable tuition
  • Courtyard playground



The International Pre-School was the first of its kind in St. Petersburg, originally founded back in 1993 under the auspices of the US Consulate, to provide care for the children of diplomatic families based in St. Petersburg. Over the years, the Pre-School has evolved to provide an early-years experience for children from both the diplomatic and the foreign business communities. The teaching staff have been working at the Pre-School since 1993.

Over these years, children from 26 different countries have attended the Pre-School. The Pre-School’s current students include children from the USA, the UK, Germany, India, Turkey, Poland and Korea.

Governing principles


We encourage close parental involvement not only on the Parent Governing Board which determines our overall policies, but also on a day-to-day basis. Parents are always welcome to “drop in” and join in the day’s activities.

In this way, we minimize our costs and can keep tuition fees low. Our fees are in fact the lowest of all the international pre-school programmes currently available in St. Petersburg.

The Pre-School has close links to the Anglo-American School and other international schools operating in St. Petersburg, where many former Pre-School students now study.

Parent-teacher conferences are held at regular intervals over the course of the academic year to keep parents informed of their child’s progress and performance.

Sample daily schedule


9:00 - 10:00Children arrive. Self-directed activity centres. Teacher-directed activities for junior students.
10:00 - 10:20Snack Time
10:20 - 10:30Circle Time
10:30 - 11:00Playtime/Directed activities. Russian circle time (Wednesday and Friday)
11:00 - 11:20Getting ready for outdoors
11:20- 11:50Outdoor play time
11:50 - 12:00Routines before lunch
12:00 - 12:30Lunch (provided by an outside catering company)
12:45 - 13:30 
 •Gym (Tuesday and Friday)
 •Art (Wednesday)
 •Rhythmics (Monday and Thursday)
13:30 - 14:00Quiet activities (table time, reading, listening to ESL programme, etc.)
14:00 - 14:30Playtime
14:30 - 15:00End of day routine

Our curriculum


Our educational programme has been designed to prepare young children for later academic success.

For small children, meaningful learning requires active thought processes and experimenting to find out how things work. The best way of accomplishing this is through play supported by teaching practices.

Our children participate in special courses, including music, rhythm and dance, and art. We also have field trips once a month to museums, theatres and the zoo.

An employee of the St. Petersburg Zoo visits our group once a month with a selection of small animals from the Zoo for our children to handle and pet. The Science Programme sees fascinating age-appropriate experiments performed for and explained to the children.

Daily outdoor play is provided each day in the school’s courtyard playground.

Meet the Team


  • Asya Malina studied at the University of Culture’s Library Faculty, majoring in Technical Translation. She has completed special courses in English for Children. She has over 22 years’ experience at the International Pre-School.
  • Irina Dorogostayskaya holds a University degree in German Philology and worked as an English teacher for many years. She has completed numerous ESL British Council courses. She has been working at the International Pre-School for over 20 years.







  • The school year runs from 1 September up to mid-June
  • School hours are from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
  • We welcome enrolment at any time during the year.

location and contact details


We are located in the centre of St. Petersburg on Ulitsa Chaykovskogo, very close to the Chernyshevskaya metro station.

If you have any questions about our programme or would like to tour our facility and observe our teachers in action, please contact the Parents' Committee:



phone:             +7 (921) 927-41-53