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Students in cars with flashing lights and money for grades: what is happening in elite schools where the children of Sobchak, Baranovskaya, Pugacheva and Galkin study

Date: August 20, 2022 Time: 04:46:13

Summer for children is a hot time for their moms and dads. You must choose an educational institution, pay the year’s money in advance: private schools have already started accepting payments for the 2022/23 season. For star parents, an annual price of 1 to 2 million for studios is not the biggest money: most artists receive such amounts for a corporate party. Rich children are taught in the most modern classes, security is like in a secure facility, everything is expensive and rich, prestige and comfort are everywhere. However, each school has its own notable drawbacks. The website studied the reviews of the most popular star institutions and found out what children and their parents most often complain about.


The educational institution The International School of Moscow, where Ksenia Sobchak, Yulia Baranovskaya and Valery Meladze sent their children, enters the new academic year with a list price of 2.1 million rubles – this is the amount that nine months of classes , school uniform, meals. and tickets will have a cost. Teaching is in English, so there are many foreigners among the teachers and expat children among the students.

The school year at the school will cost more than 2 million rubles. Photo:

Former teachers, reviews of which can be found on the Web, note excellent working conditions: a bus to school, free lunches, health insurance. But there are also tangible disadvantages.

– Professional growth is impossible if you are Russian. It is impossible to take time off if the children are sick, a maximum of 10 calendar days per year. It is impossible to organize your own children in this school, – the list of former employees.

Parents generally note children’s achievements in spoken English. But the main complaint is the school meals.

– Parents of students annually pay the school at least $1.3 million for lunches, where does this money go? – one of the parents was outraged on the Web and received dozens of supportive comments: “School lunch is disgusting, prison food is better!”

Students of the Moscow International School. Photo:

And otherwise, if you believe the reviews on the net, the rules at the school are pretty harsh. The students, as one, complain about the teachers’ fastidiousness about appearance.

– I studied at ISM for two years. There is a general rule that students should not have any items outside of the school uniform. In effect, this means a ban on brightly colored coats, leather jackets, sweatshirts, and sneakers for no apparent reason. Teachers threaten, punishment can be assigned for anything. What is this world-class school where people get in trouble because of the color of their coats? – The former students are perplexed.


The most fashionable school now among the stars is the Primakov Gymnasium – here you can meet the children of Lera Kudryavtseva, Ksenia Borodina, Mikhail Galustyan, Garik Martirosyan, Katya Topuria, Anna Banshchikova, Maria Kozhevnikova, the grandchildren of Nadezhda Babkina … Every year their education costs parents 800 thousand rubles, but not everyone can get in here – children are discarded at the interview stage.

Yulia Baranovskaya with her daughter Yana, who is studying at a prestigious gym.

– They applied twice, the children passed all the exams, but they did not pass the psychologist. Well-informed people said, “Did you want to do something without money?” – There are many such complaints on the Web.

Moreover, even those who attended kindergarten in the gymnasium can refuse.

– English-speaking teachers communicate with the children from 8:00 to 16:00. They force them to write without teaching them how to hold a pen correctly, – parents say. – Mathematics in English is a set of unrelated tasks. If the teachers just talked to the children in English and played games, it would be much more productive in terms of language. As a result, children come home late, irritated and tired. And at the beginning of the first grade, they do not know the usual preschool program. A boy who had studied for two years in preparation was not taken to the first grade! And the reason is not in the child, but, in my opinion, in the educational system.

Not everyone will be able to get into a prestigious gym. Photo:

But the gymnasium students are quite satisfied with the strict selection: there are no extra people in the school.

– Thank God we have a paid school, at least you study with people of your level, – the children share. – Others would not have sustained harsh bragging. I myself go to Gucci, Balenciaga, Off-White and Louis Vuitton. I drive a Mercedes S-Class and I am far from alone!


About the Pavlovsk gymnasium, where the heirs of the artist Alexander Revva, singers Slava and Glukoza study for 1.8 million rubles a year, parents often criticize the food. For example, for so much money, the administration could diversify the menu.

– There is no white bread in the dining room, for snack they count how many apples the child ate. The child rushes home to eat normally, and therefore does not want to go to additional classes, they write on the Web.

The Pavlovsk Gymnasium declares the noble mission of the educational institution: “To train a new generation of progressive, diversified and creative thinking young people who are ready to change life in their country for the better.” Photo:

If you believe the reviews, there are a lot of children of officials here: supposedly, schoolchildren are taken to classes and taken away with special signs.

“Extremely respectable school, pompous”, describe its inhabitants. – A kind of Oxford for minors, Sorbonne for teenagers, Cambridge for schoolchildren. Many students arrive with flashing lights, which increases the degree of admiration. They curse this school, like motorcades in the evenings on Kutuzovsky Prospekt, but they secretly envy. I would also like to educate my descendants here, but fortunately, I found another use for 20 thousand dollars a year for each one!


In the First Moscow Gymnasium, where the children of Alla Pugacheva and Maxim Galkin study for 3 million rubles a year (for two), parents complain about primary school teachers. The school, which is already expensive, supposedly takes money for everything.

– Teachers constantly ask for fancy gifts. What regions did they get them from? – Rublyov’s parents snort arrogantly. – They say that children need extra classes in basic subjects, and most parents pay. It’s just ridiculous: in a paid school, you still have to carry money in an envelope! And if you don’t pay, your child will study poorly and will be deliberately singled out as an outsider.

Meanwhile, the Leader school near Moscow, where the children of Igor Lifanov, Mikhail Trukhin, Olga Kabo, Stas Mikhailov and other artists study, in the new year accepts students in the amount of 900 thousand a year. You can find many favorable reviews about this elite educational institution in the village of “Prince’s Lake” on the Web. Users, like a blueprint, write the same: “the school is excellent”, “the education is of high quality”, “the teachers are excellent”, “the students are strong”. They say that before classes, all children give their phones to the administrator, in breaks they play chess instead of gadgets, there are many “free” sections and meals in restaurants. Classes are small, seven to eight people each, so there is an individual approach to children.

However, there are more critical reviews.

– For that money, the school does not even have its own program, it is general education. Constant requests are treated like a bag of money. Replacement of teachers two or three times a year. Staff rotation, class can be canceled up to five minutes before class. It has been decided: we finish our studies until the end of the year and select another school, dissatisfied parents write.


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