The International School, Florence
via del Carota 23/25, 50012 Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Italy
Tel: (+39) 055 646 1007
Fax: (+39) 055 644 226
National, IB, US curricula.
IGCSE, SAT, IB exams.
310 students, 3-18 yrs.
The International School of Florence was founded
in 1952 and is incorporated in the United States as American Schools
Abroad Inc., a non-profit educational organization.
The program is based on an American curriculum but
with consideration for transient students entering from or leaving
for other educational systems. In the Junior and Middle schools,
there is close contact with local Italian school programs. The
Upper School program is college preparatory based on a US type
of curriculum. The IB diploma program is offered to the highly
motivated student. Students are given counselling in planning
for university entrance.
Instruction is in English. Students may also study
Italian and French. The school takes advantage of its setting
in Florence to study history, art and architecture, and there
are frequent field trips to places of interest in the surrounding
area. There are elective courses in music, theatre, art, drama,
journalism, computers, physical education and yearbook.
The school is accredited by ECIS and the Middle
States Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Junior School (Pre-School-Grade 5) is housed
in a Renaissance villa in the Tuscan countryside. The property
includes three large play areas, formal gardens, olive orchards
and vineyards. It is a twenty-minute drive from the centre of
Florence. Transportation can be arranged. Facilities include a
large library, art studio, music room, Macintosh computer laboratory
and a lunch room.
In September 2003, the school opened a second campus
in a thirteenth century Florentine villa located in the heart
of Florence. The middle and upper schools are housed in the new
facility which contains a state-of-the-art library, computer room,
three science laboratories, a lunch room with terrace and multiple
classrooms. The address is: Middle & Upper School Campus,
Villa Torri di Gattaia, Viuzzo di Gattaia 9, 50125 Florence.