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CityFlorence
CurriculumFrench
Language of instructionFrench
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction French
Native French teachers
Extra languages (other than French)
Class sizes Average 17 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €7,148
to: €9,762
Address: Palazzo Venturi Ginori - Via della Scala, 85 - 50123 Florence
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Number of students

About 500 students on one campus from Kindergarten to Grade 12

Number of nationalities represented in the school

34 different nationalities (Italian, French, American, English, Scottish, Irish, Welch, Belgian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Lebanese, …)

Most common nationality

Italian, French

Ratio of local students to international students

65

Native French speaking teachers

French native speakers : school agreement by French Ministry of Instruction
All English and Italian teachers are also native speakers.

Language support for students not fluent in French

Yes : dedicated teachers, schedules, classes
All students welcome, with or without any French or Italian knowledge.

Additional language classes offered by the school

- Italian (second language of instruction)
- English (third language of instruction)
- German / Spanish / Chinese (choose of a new foreign language, mandatory from Grade 8 to Grade 12)
- Latin (possible choose for all students from Grade 7 to Grade 12)

Max. number of students per class

25

Average number of students per class

15 - 18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, for afternoon / afterschool activities

Use of technology in the classroom

Senior school students have their own laptops (Chromebook) provided by the school, Junior/Middle school students use the tablets, laptops, or computers in class with many teachers, all teachers use the electronic whiteboard, homework is given and submitted electronically.

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)

Yes : daily use at secondary school of Google classroom or other platforms to transfer and give homework or advice to all students, depending on their needs

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Not at school. We are a secular school.

External examinations or assessments available

1. French Baccalaureate
2. French-Italian Esabac (French Baccalaureate with Italian Curriculum, approved by both French and Italian authorities)
Assessments and certificates in Foreign languages :
• French (DELF) / Italian (CILS) : for all non-French and non-Italian-speaking students (level A1 to B2, depending on their age, class and motivation)
• English (CEC - Cambridge) : Grade 6 / Grade 9 / Grade 11 (level A1 to B2, depending on their age, class and motivation)
• German (Goethe Zertifikat), Spanish (DELE – Cervantes), Chinese (HSK – Confucius) : Grade 11
Assessments and certificates in Music : musical studies from Grade 2 onward, in strong and longtime partnership with Music Academy Fiesole.

Dedicated classes for the preparation of major Italian examinations at primary and middle school, in addition to the preparation of French-Italian Baccalaureate (Esabac) at senior school.

Results in these examinations

French Baccalaureate / French-Italian Esabac : 100 %
Results at all other examinations are related to the specific level of the students ((level A1 to B2, depending on their age, class and motivation)

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, but usually only at Middle and Senior school.
No written homework at Primary school.

Approximate hours of homework given

Max. 1 or 2 hours/day (depending on age, grade, level)

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

French-Italian Baccalaureate allow all students choose wherever they want to study after graduation : most of them go to Italian universities or international institutes in France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, USA, …

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, in every class, in cooperation with the school assistant staff
FAL / IAL classes (French / Italian as Additional Language) : admissions free to all students with or without French or Italian knowledge
Guidance Counselling at Secondary school: choice of post-graduate studies in Italy, Europe, USA.

Learning support offered

Dedicated learning programms, following the advice of psychologist and doctors (if necessary) : elaboration from school assistants, in cooperation with teachers and families. Adaptated examinations (if needed) in cooperation with French and Italian Ministry of Instruction, on request from the families.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

No specific programm

Student access to education psychologist

Not at school. Daily care provided by school assistant staff to inform teachers or families about help needed from psychologist (outside from school)

Entry evaluation for students

For non-French-speaking / non-Italian-speaking students (evaluation of help and dedicated schedule needed before entering the class with other students)

Brief description of entry evaluation required

No language certificate needed before entering school: dedicated French or Italian support teachers to prepare the French or Italian certificates (DELF or CILS). Dedicated sessions for parents to learn French, in order to be able to help their child when needed.

Waiting list

No waiting list : admissions free anytime

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline : online registration possible anytime
https://mlfitalie.eduka.school/login

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, anytime. Dedicated French or Italian support teachers/classes when needed.

School start time

Kindergarten and Primary: 8:15
Secondary: 8:10

School finish time

Kindergarten and Primary: 15:30
Secondary: 15:50, 16:45 or 17:35 depending on the grade

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, teachers and school assistants present from 8AM onward.

School bus service available

No, but the school is close to all major bus, train stations. It is easy to reach by car or even by foot.

School provided lunches

Yes (school restaurant, lunches cooked at school)

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

On request

Uniform required

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Instrument lessons (strong and longtime partnership with Music Academy of Fiesole), school choir (primary and middle school), yoga, homework help, math games, chess, reading club, plastic art, English and French theatre, Italian studies (history, geography, culture)

Sports activities included

Primary school : one hour a day of physical activities
Secondary school : 2-3 hours a week included (activities at school or outside (dojo, swimming pool, sport arena)

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Football squad : competition once a year with other private and public schools from Florence

Facilities at the school

Library (primary/middle/high school), science lab, radio studio, art studio, student lounge, locker rooms, school restaurant, historical garden with ancient trees.

Sports facilities at the school

Garden, playground for collective sports or athletics

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Lycée Victor Hugo is a French international school that has been in activity since 1974 in Florence. As a non-profit educational institution, we promote global education in an international environment. We are the only Florentine school accredited by French Ministry of Instruction. We are one of the 566 French International Schools belonging to the MLF (Mission Laique Francaise) and AEFE network abroad. Our school welcomes students from 3 to 18 years in its only campus situated in the neighbourhood of Santa Maria Novella, close to the train station and historical centre of Florence.

Teaching approach of the school

We follow the French curriculum, but we offer furthermore an excellent trilingual curriculum with an international instruction in French, English and Italian from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Most of our students follow from Grade 10 to 12 the French-Italian curriculum and pass the examination for French-Italian Baccalaureate (Esabac). Many students at primary school or secondary school study music thanks to a strong and longtime partnership with the teachers from Music Academy Fiesole. Our educational community prepares students to be life-long learners, critical thinkers and engaged citizens.

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