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International, Italian curriculum
Bilingual
Ages 2 to 14

Bilingual European School

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CurriculumInternational, Italian
Languages of instructionEnglish and Italian
Age RangeAges 2 to 14
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): Not public
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Italian
Native English and Italian teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Italian)
Class sizes Average 23 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school does not make their fees public.

This school has more than one campus in Milan:
Bilingual European School Campus: Ages 6 to 14

Address: Via Val Cismon 9 20162 Milano, Italy

The British American Pre-School Campus: Ages 2 to 6

Address: Via Val Cismon 9, Milan, Italy

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Most common nationality

Italian

Max. number of students per class

25

Average number of students per class

23

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and Italian speaking teachers

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish and Latin

Use of technology in the classroom

iPad 1:1 programme

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

All applicants are invited to spend a day or half of a day (depending on the age of the applicant) in a BES classroom, to allow us to observe the applicant in our learning environment. On this day the applicant will be interviewed by BES Coordinators and will be assessed for readiness for the BES bilingual program. This assessment is designed to help the school evaluate the applicant’s ability to access the BES bilingual curriculum. No decision on entry can be made until the Application Process is completed and the Educational Leadership Team has met to discuss the results of the application. It is the aim of the ELT to admit all students who can benefit from the bilingual educational program offered by the school and the school strives to create an inclusive school community.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

BES is an inclusionary school and accepts students with a wide variety of skills and abilities. However, students with special physical, academic, emotional and/or behavioral needs will require careful consideration prior to admission. BES has limited resources to devote to children with special needs and a child may not be admitted if it is felt that the school cannot provide an ongoing program of instruction that meets the needs of the student.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

8:30 am

School finish time

4:00 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Lego, Extra English, Choir, Drama, Minigames, Ping Pong, Karate, Judo, Modern Dance, Ballet, Chess, Calcio, Latin, Guitar, Piano.

School provided lunches

Yes

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

Yes

Sports facilities at the school

Gym

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

BES provides a challenging dual language program that engages learners through inquiry and collaboration. We encourage our students to think critically, to take risks and to be creative. We challenge learners to strive for personal excellence, and we value the intellectual, social, artistic and physical development of each student, which have a significant impact on his/her academic achievements and personal growth. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that fosters a life-long love of learning. We assist students in developing strength of character by learning to make appropriate choices and by taking responsibility for their actions. We expect BES students to embody the attributes of the learner profile, to take thoughtful and appropriate action, and to develop their unique potential. We seek to inspire the compassion and international mindedness necessary for learners to contribute responsibly to the global community.

Teaching approach of the school

Constructivist learning theory suggests that people develop their own understanding and knowledge of the world through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. When learners encounter something new, they have to reconcile it with their previous ideas and experience, sometimes changing what they believe, or sometimes discarding the new information as irrelevant. Learners, then, become active creators of their own knowledge rather than passive recipients of ideas gleaned from the textbook or from the teacher. In order to construct new knowledge, students must ask questions, explore, and reflect on what they have learned.
In the classroom, the constructivist approach takes the form of engaging students in hands-on, minds-on learning activities like experiments and real-world problem solving in order to create more knowledge. Students then reflect on and talk about what they are doing with their peers and identify how their understanding is changing.
The teacher is a facilitator who assesses the students' preexisting conceptions and guides the activity to address and build on the students’ ideas. By designing problem-solving and inquiry-based learning activities, the teacher encourages students to formulate and test their ideas, draw conclusions and inferences, and communicate their new knowledge in a collaborative learning environment.

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