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International School of Florence

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CityFlorence
CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 13 students / class
Maximum
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €13,350
to: €23,160
This school has more than one campus in Florence:
Upper School Campus: Ages 11 to 18

Address: Villa Torri di Gattaia – viuzzo di Gattaia, 9 50125 Florence, Italy

Junior School Campus: Ages 3 to 11

Address: Villa le Tavernule – via del Carota, 23/25 50012 Bagno a Ripoli (FI), Italy

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Number of students

520

Number of nationalities represented in the school

38

Ratio of local students to international students

40% local to 60% international

Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Lanaguage

Additional language classes offered by the school

Italian, Spanish, French

Average number of students per class

13

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All local students are required to do admissions testing at the Upper School and a screening at the Junior School.

All International applicants will be evaluated by the admissions committee, and if necessary students will be required to do admissions testing or placement testing.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, If and when space is available.

School start time

Kindergarten - G5: 8:30
G6 - G12: 8:15

School finish time

Kindergarten - G5: 15:30 (Tuesdays 14:45)
G6 - G12: 15:00 (Tuesdays 13:15)

School bus service available

Yes

School provided lunches

Yes

Uniform required

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Both campuses offer a wide variety of activities on campus. The activities follow a semester schedule and are offered to all students from Foundation up to grade 12 and begin after school dismissal and run approximately for one hour.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

During each Academic Year, ISF High School students can participate in the ASIL (American Schools Italian League) Athletic Program, a varsity sports program designed for students in grades 9-12. ISF offers both girls and boys Varsity Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball and Basketball. The league is organized by the Department of Defense of The United States. All of the schools from the American military bases in Europe, in addition to several International Schools, participate in this Varsity League. At the end of the season, there is the possibility to participate in the European championship which is held annually in Germany.

Facilities at the school

Computer lab, the science wing, the art studio, library

Sports facilities at the school

Junior School: all weather sports field, two playgrounds and a specially equipped and surfaced play area for the Preschool and Kindergarten classes.

Upper School: a large sports complex, within easy walking distance from the school, hosts the ISF Physical Education program.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The International School of Florence is one of the oldest international schools in Europe, culminating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the surest path to accessing the broadest choice of colleges and universities throughout the world. As a non-profit educational institution, ISF embodies the values of the Renaissance. How? By striving for academic excellence while developing its students’ creativity, intellectual curiosity, innovative spirit and appreciation for beauty. Why? Because developing the whole person is at the heart of its mission. ISF offers challenging and internationally recognized academic programs alongside a rich extracurricular offering. At ISF – in our Renaissance villas and Tuscan setting – students are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow through a focus on their potential today.

Teaching approach of the school

ISF aims to provide a caring learning environment that promotes personal, social and academic growth through challenging and engaging programs, in order to develop respectful, responsible students who strive to have a positive impact on others and the world around them.

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