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A fledgling international school sector is springing up in Riga, the capital of Latvia, as the small, highly developed Baltic state becomes increasingly integrated into the global economy after joining the European Union in 2004. Three English-medium independent schools offering an international curriculum are now established in the city, with the oldest, the International School of Latvia (ISL), dating back to 1994. All are coeducational day schools offering through-train education.
The ISL has gained authorisation for the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate and is a candidate school for the Diploma and Primary Years programmes, while the International School of Riga (ISR) is authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme.
The ISR offers a mixed curriculum, which also includes the International Middle Years Curriculum of UK-based education provider Fieldwork Education, British A-levels and the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education.
Opening in September 2017 is King’s College, the British School of Latvia, which belongs to a group of eight international schools that follow the English national curriculum and offer IGCSEs and A-levels. The school for 580 pupils will initially admit children aged two to 10.
The French-medium Jules Verne Riga French School and German-medium Deutsche Schule Riga complete the international mix. Several private independent and top-ranking state schools also offer international streams alongside the Latvian curriculum.
Education is compulsory from age five to 16 and state schools, which mostly teach in Latvian, are free to citizens of Latvia and other European Union countries. After two years of pre-school, children follow nine years of elementary education to age 16 before going on to academic or vocational high schools.
Participation rates are high, with net enrolment of 86 per cent in pre-primary education, 96 per cent in elementary schools and 98 per cent at secondary schools. Just over two thirds of young people receive some form of tertiary education, with girls outnumbering boys.