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IB and Italian
Ages 2 to 14

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CurriculumsIB and Italian
Languages of instructionEnglish and Italian
Age RangeAges 2 to 14
Reviews: 5.0
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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 22 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €10,650
to: €13,425
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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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English and Italian speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and Italian


Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish and Latin

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

iPad 1:1 programme

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

Invalsi and ISA

Results in these examinations

Higher than the Italian average.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

1 hour per day

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


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.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Our teachers will encourage our gifted students to join special events, competitions, tournaments to challenge their skills.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

All applicants interested in enrolling in our Primary or Middle School are invited at school for an assessment, which will be held by a Native English Teacher and a Native Italian Teacher.

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.

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline, students can enrol anytime, provided there are still places available.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

8:30 am

School finish time

4:00 pm

Supervised care before/after school

We have sports and clubs after 4:00 pm.

School bus service available


School provided lunches


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


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

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

Sports activities included

P.E. includes all sorts of sports (flag football, tennis, swimming, volley, climbing, cross-fit, etc.)

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school

Knowledge Centre (Library), Art Lab, Science Lab, Music Room, Lunch Room, Garden.
From Year 4 onward, students also use external facilities for P.E.

Sports facilities at the school


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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