Modern school: Moscow education progress in 2019

January 15

Moscow's education system is one of the best in the world, with schoolchildren consistently demonstrating high results at exams, Russian and international Olympiads. Moscow has also reached a higher position in prestigious educational rankings.

According to PISA survey, Muscovites rank third in the world in terms of reading literacy, fifth in terms of mathematical literacy, and sixth in terms of natural science literacy.

Read about other gains in Moscow education scored in the past year.

Pre-professional education

Today, Muscovites have an opportunity to choose their future profession as early as at school. For this purpose, there are medical, academic, engineering and IT classes as part of pre-professional education.

'Healthcare Class at a Moscow School' project is running in 71 schools with over 4,200 children attending. The project partners are leading medical universities: Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University.

'Engineering Class at a Moscow School' project has launched in 110 schools with over 8,500 children taking part. The project also involves 25 federal universities and Moscow high-tech enterprises. Engineering classes introduce schoolchildren to the basics of prototyping, algorithm development, programming, additive technologies, and autonomous robots.

24 Moscow schools offer academic (science and technology) classes, with over 1,500 children involved. Academic classrooms have cutting-edge hi-tech equipment and digital labs.

'IT class at a Moscow School' project was launched in 2019 in 35 schools, with over 1,000 students involved. The project partners are eight federal universities and IT companies. The classrooms have cutting-edge equipment of IT-Polygon laboratory and research complex, a workplace of web developing, telecommunications, data analytics, prototyping and engineering professionals.

Tours, training practices, practical classes are organised for school students at universities, scientific organisations and enterprises within the pre-professional education projects.

'Senior Student School'

There is a 'Senior Student School' project in progress. Based on three Moscow schools (No. 1502, 1560 and 209), it aims to develop students' skills to help them become successful and sought-after specialists in the modern metropolis.

The schools running the project have everything for laboratory, experimental and research work. The educational process involves hi-tech equipment. Specialised educational environment enables children to gain an insight into the profession and make an informed choice of their future professional and educational path.

Winning at Olympiads

Advances of Moscow education are confirmed by the results students demonstrate at international Olympiads. This year Moscow schoolchildren have won 14 gold medals, which is two-thirds of the highest standard awards of the Russian team.

Last year, Moscow schools prepared 13 medal winners of international Olympiads in physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, geography, astronomy and astrophysics, computer and natural sciences.

Per capita school funding

In the late 2019, the Moscow Government decided to increase the per capita funding standards for pre-school and general education. These funds are provided for in the city budget for 2020 and the planning period of 2021 and 2022.

Starting 1 January, the per capita standard for 1th-4th form school students has made up RUB 135,000 per year (increased by RUB 10,000), 5th-9th form students receive now RUB 155,000 (plus RUB 15,000), 10th-11th form students get RUB 175,000 (plus RUB 15,000).

The standard costs per a preschool department student have reached RUB 185,000 for full-time groups and up to RUB 75,000 for short-term stay groups. At the same time, the differentiated approach to financing preschool groups has been abolished — now the standard will be the same for children of all ages.

Besides, starting from 2020, the amount of subsidies to non-state schools and kindergartens are to be based on per capita standards applicable to state educational organisations.

The additional funds received by schools due to the increase in funding standards will be used to increase the remuneration of teachers and improve the quality of the educational process.

Photo by Denis Grishkin, Press Service of Moscow Mayor and the Moscow Government

Schools and kindergartens opened

Apart from constantly improving the educational process, the city is building new educational facilities.

Zelenograd, Kryukovo district, has now a three-story kindergarten for 200 children. The building meets all modern requirements: group classes have changing rooms, playrooms, canteens and bedrooms. There are music and physical training rooms, and craft studios.

Nekrasovka has now two kindergartens, for 150 and 350 children. There is a kindergarten for 350 children opened in Desyonovskoye Settlement. Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas have acquired three kindergartens: for 300 children in Kokoshkino, for 225 children in Krasnopakhorskoye and for 200 children in Filimonovskoye settlements.

A new building for school No. 1302 opened in Strogino. It has everything to get quality education, including physics, chemistry and biology classrooms with labs, computer science and language lab with sound and projection equipment. To study robotics and information technologies, an IT Polygon offers robotic constructors, microelectronics and mechatronics construction sets, 3D scanning modules, 3D printers and numerical control machines. Also, the new building has classrooms to hold technology lessons, a photo studio and a media library.

A school for 600 children has opened in Vnukovskoye, including a sports centre with a football pitch and four playgrounds next to the building. The school is fully equipped with cutting-edge appliances, with multimedia equipment available in classrooms.

School No. 2045 was perhaps the most interesting project launched this year. Located in Zelenograd, the four-storey facility houses an academic building for 300 children with the three-storey building occupied by a kindergarten for 250 children.

Besides, the grounds of the former ZIL industrial zone boast now the largest school in Russia for 2,500 children, covering 40,800 sq m. Kommunarka Village has now a school for 1,100 children, with a total area of 24,000 sq m. They will open next school year. In total, 35 schools and kindergartens were built in Moscow in 2019.


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