Choose a school

Choose a school
Choose a school

Lyceums, gymnasiums, schools… Now their choice is so huge and varied that many parents of future first-graders are at a loss: where to send the child, how to make the right decision?

Choosing a school

Lyceums, gymnasiums, schools… Now their choice is so huge and varied that many parents of future first-graders are at a loss: where to send the child, how to make the right decision? And you need to make a decision now, because it is in the spring that enrollment or admission to the first grade begins

Modern children and their parents have much more choice of the first educational institution than their peers of the Soviet period. Then they chose between an ordinary district school and a special school with in-depth study of individual disciplines, and the words "gymnasium" and "lyceum" were associated with the pre-revolutionary era.

After the fall of the USSR, many schools began to be called lyceums and gymnasiums. Parents often do not understand what is the fundamental difference between them.




When choosing a school for your child, be sure to pay attention to:

  • on staff turnover. If teachers change frequently, this affects the quality of teaching and indicates an unfavorable school environment;
  • Do the school monitor the rest and leisure of children. Ask what clubs there are, how often there are excursions, trips to other cities, abroad;
  • are there additional educational services that the school has the right to provide for money. Please note that the school must be licensed for these services. By the way, the only legal "requisition" from parents (except for money for additional classes, which are voluntary) is security. "Curtains" fees, "classy gift" fees, etc. are illegal;
  • look how cozy and comfortable the school is. Your child will spend a significant part of his life within its walls. Pay attention to the condition of the window sills and walls - are there many inscriptions; their content can give an idea of ​​the cultural level of schoolchildren, as well as the very fact of their presence. See if there are many wall newspapers, campaign reports, how long ago they were created, what they write;
  • is there a psychologist in the school - undoubtedly, this is very important, because he helps children solve their problems;
  • Do the students of school participate in city and regional Olympiads, what results do they show.

State Comprehensive School

This is a school that is usually in your backyard or next door. The curriculum in such schools is the same, the list of subjects is the same. It is worth going there if the child has not yet shown any special talents and interests. Usually such a school is chosen based on its location - proximity to home, no road to cross.

As a rule, the teaching staff here is not the best - talented teachers work either with capable children in specialized schools, or with rich children in private ones. However, there are also exceptions. Almost every school has at least one teacher-associate who, in his free time, leads clubs and studios and works with talented children. How productive his work is depends on the director: whether he is ready for change, whether he encourages initiative. Therefore, before giving your treasure to the first school you come across, talk to the director, make up your mind about him, about his attitude towards students, teachers and the educational process.

Deep Schools

Full Day School

Private schools


Alexander Gavrilov, Head of the Press Service of the Moscow Department of Education

When choosing a school, parents should first contact the district education office. They will tell you what schools are in the district, what you need for admission. In Moscow, all the information and phone numbers of district departments can be found on the website of the Department of Education:

In the spring, when admission to the first grades begins, special commissions are created in the departments, where you can turn for help if you were denied enrollment in school.

Currently, schools are not attached to a specific area and a child can go to any school, subject to availability. Both doctors and psychologists recommend sending the baby to a school that is close to home, because otherwise the child will have to get up earlier, he will get more tired. When looking for a school for a first grader, remember that a lot depends on the elementary school teacher, it is he who creates the basis for the future. Visit an open day, get acquainted with the school program, talk to teachers to get an idea of ​​who will teach your child, talk to the mothers of school students. Of course, the state of the school building is also important, whether there are computer classes and equipment. Schools by law can choose for themselves which program to teach children - five or six days. The difference is that with a five-day period, children have one more free day, but then they have more workload at school, with a six-day period, the daily workload is less, but children study on Saturday too.

Please note that when children are admitted to the first grades, the school DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to arrange an exam, children are admitted to the first grade by appointment. The only thing a child can go through before admission is an interview. Admission can be denied in two cases: if there are no places at the school and if it is a specialized school with in-depth study of any subjects, and your child did not pass the interview.


  • physical and mathematical:
    • Lyceum "Second School" (L2 Sh),
    • Boarding School No. 18 at Moscow State University,
    • Physics and Mathematics School 444,
    • Mathematical gymnasium 1514,
    • Energy-Physical Lyceum at MPEI №1502,
    • Polytechnic Lyceum 1501,
    • school 57.
  • humanitarian:
    • Oriental Lyceum No. 1535 at ISAA MSU - former boarding school No. 14,
    • gymnasium 45, 1250, 1225, 1275, 1243, 1239 - former 20.


  • Moscow School of Economics,
  • Prime School,
  • Lyceum "Moskvich",
  • Samson School.

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