This year, students finishing Russian-language secondary schools in both Tallinn and Ida-Viru County scored far higher in state exams compared to the class of 2010, boosting their schools significantly in the annually-conducted national rankings list.
For example, the Russian-language Tallinna Humanitaargümnaasium rose by six spots, landing in fifth place in this year's list, which was released August 24. According to the school's director Luule Kösler, students with strong motivation and a rarely-changing teaching staff are the secrets to the remarkable exam results, wrote Postimees.
The average exam score of the 18 graduates of the Russian-language Keila Gümnaasium pushed the school up by a staggering 112 places. "This year's graduates were really bright," said head teacher Nadezhda Lisovskaja, adding that five of them graduated with the maximum possible grades.
In 2011, the Kohtla-Järve Kesklinna Gümnaasium in Ida-Viru County rose 110 spots, bringing it from 147th to 37th place.