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IB and Italian
Ages 2 to 18

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CurriculumsIB and Italian
Leaving qualificationIB Diploma
Languages of instructionEnglish and Italian
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
Yearly fees: Not public
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications IB Diploma
Language of instruction English and Italian
Native English and Italian teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Italian)
Class sizes Average 17 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2024/2025.

This school has more than one campus in Ferrara:
Campus Roversella: Ages 8 to 18

Address: Via Roversella, 2, 44121 Ferrara, Italy

Campus Porta Mare: Ages 2 to 8

Address: Corso Porta Mare, 117, 44121 Ferrara, Italy

All the details about this school in their own words

We have organised the information available for this school into 10 sections and 37 questions. Click or tap on the name of each section to read more.
Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Native English and Italian speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and Italian


Additional language classes offered by the school

Chinese, Spanish and Italian

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

The school is highly provided with ICT tools (Editech). Every students receives a personal computer when they enrol in our high school.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available

The school prepares students to achieve CEFR Certification in English, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. Exams are optional.

Results in these examinations

98% success rate for Cambridge Assessment Exams

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

1 hour approx

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students

Yes weekly screenings of all the applications received

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Previous school records analysis, vaccination check as well as individual documents check.

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

For Primary, Middle and High School the deadline is the end of January. For Early Years there is no deadline, we enroll pupils throughout the school year.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, it depends on each specific case, class capacity and availability.

School start time

8.15 am

School finish time

4.30 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, welcome starts at 8 AM

School bus service available

Not yet, we are working on having one starting from school year 2023-2024.
It will cover the areas from Rovigo to Ferrara.

School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)


Uniform required

Early Years, Primary and Middle School students wear the school uniform which can be purchased at the school.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Choir, music band, theatre drama club, gymnastic, dance, capoeira, digital skills, piano lessons, S.T.E.M. club, language enhancement, university admission test training

Sports activities included

Gym class 2 hours per week

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school

Smiling has two city-center campuses: Corso Porta Mare (K-2) and Corso Ercole I D’Este
(KS2/grade12) for a total of 1.5 hectares, including our amazing green spaces.
The green aspect of the campuses encompasses any aspect of the campus life, from materials to
access to outdoor areas and contact with nature.
Smiling promotes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in theory and in practice;
We reduce our environmental impact - no plastic, waste sorting, use of recycled material, conserve
energy and water ... -
We increase environmental and sustainability literacy for all our students – nature related projects,
interdisciplinary activities, knowledge of territory ... -
We take great care of the physical, social and mental health of our community – student and staff
wellbeing is fundamental to the success of our school
Our main building is a Certified Green Building (GBC Historic Building®)
Both campuses are equipped with curated gardens, outer play area and gymnasium. The gym in
Corso Ercole D’Este campus is one of the largest in town.
The school has access to the Bio medical labs of the University of Ferrara to practice chemistry,
biology, and physics.
The school buildings are certified with the most rigorous health and safety systems.

Sports facilities at the school

2 big Gymnasium fully equipped: volleyball, basketball, soccer.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Smiling International School is a private, bilingual school which caters for 450 students from 2-18 years of age. The school hosts Early Years, Primary School, Middle School and High School. Smiling International School is:
1) Accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and Merit
2) An International Baccalaureate® World School authorized to deliver the IB Diploma Programme

Being a state accredited as well as an International Baccalaureate® World School (IBWS), the school delivers an enriched international programme in English which meets the standards requirements of the Italian Ministry of Education and Merit. The Diploma Smiling students receive upon graduation (Italian Maturita or IB Diploma Programme) is recognized by universities all over the world.

Teaching approach of the school

Students well-being is central to the educational pathway delivered by our highly qualified educators. In High School students have the opportunity to access one of 3 pathways: IB Diploma Programme 2 yrs, Liceo Linguistico 4yrs or Istituto Tecnico Tecnologico 5 yrs

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