According to our partner Luxury Villa Italy, one of the leading real estate agencies in the country, the Italian education system is one of the key benefits of owning a second home in the country.
It’s no wonder high-net-worth individuals with families are drawn to the country. Located in cities across the Apennine Peninsula – Rome, Milan, Genoa, Bologna, Florence – the schools follow British, American, and Canadian educational systems.
Teaching takes place primarily in English, and as children get older, particular attention is paid to preparing them to apply for prestigious universities around the world.
In Lombardy’s Milan you’ll find the International School of Europe (ISE), whose motto is “For a world without frontiers”. The first facility was founded in 1958 by Francesco and Wanda Formiga, who were followers of the English education system.
ISE is the largest and most prestigious network of international schools in Italy, with educational institutions not only in Milan, but also Monza, Bergamo, and Como (all Lombardy), Siena (Tuscany), and Modena (Emilia-Romagna).
Elsewhere in Lombardy is The American School of Milan (ASM), which opened in 1962, 10 kilometers from the center of Milan. For half a century, thousands of students of more than 30 nationalities and religions have graduated. The school is famous for its small classes – a maximum of eight pupils per teacher – and takes children from three years old.
The Sir James Henderson British School of Milan is another top-class option. Founded in 1969, it’s named after the British businessman who established the Chamber of Commerce and Italy’s first Rotary club. The main credo of the school is providing a high-level British education in a truly international environment, and their Department of Music and Art is considered one of the best in Europe.
The International School of Como (ISC) offers children a modern, high-quality education that complies with the standards of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
And over in Montagnola – an Italian-speaking part of Switzerland – is The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), situated close to Lugano and half an hour’s drive from the western side of Lake Como. Since 1956, TASIS has flourished as a leader in international education, evidenced by additional schools and summer programs launching in England, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, France, Spain, and Puerto Rico. As well as teaching according to the American education system, the IB is also included.
These schools are by no means the only ones on offer; there are also excellent facilities in places like Rome, Venice, and Bologna.
The Best International Schools in Italy
- International School of Como
- The British School of Milan – Sir James Henderson
- International School of Bergamo
- St. Louis School
- International School of Monza
- Canadian School of Milan
- International School of Milan
- St. Stephen’s School Rome
- American Overseas School of Rome
- Ambrit International School
- Castelli International School
- Rome International School
- St George’s British International School, Rome
- International School of Florence
- International School of Siena
- International School of Bologna
- International School of Modena
- WINS – World International School of Torino
- H-FARM International School
- Udine International School
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