Best 10 International Schools in Rome

International Education in Rome

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There’s no doubt that Rome is a fantastic city to raise a family in, be it the local or expat variety. The Eternal City is built on thousands of years of history, culture, art and architecture for your kids to soak up. The Italian way of life is very family-oriented; entire evenings are given over to family meals and weekend afternoons are dedicated to chilled out family strolls in the sun.

In addition to all of the above however, Italy’s capital city fulfills another very important need; education. The Italian education system is well regarded both in Europe and the rest of the world. It’s free for all children, no matter what their nationality or residential status.

The catch? Local schools teach through Italian only. If you’re planning on staying in Rome long-term and your child hasn’t yet started school, this may not be an issue for you. In fact, it may be an advantage - your child will pick up the language very quickly if immersed in it from a young age.

If your expat adventure in Rome is only for a few years, or if your child is older, then an international school may be a more suitable option for your family.

There are plenty of international schools to choose from in Rome, particularly in Vigna Clara and Cassia Flamina. Both neighbourhoods have plenty of green spaces and are considered among the wealthier areas of the capital.

However, there’s a drawback. Neither places have good public transport links to Rome’s city centre.

Some international schools in Rome offer tuition for elementary students only, while some include secondary students up to age 18 too.

It’s quite common for international schools to run kindergarten for pre-school kids and even day care facilities for children from age 2 - all in the one building complex. If you have a big family with children of different ages, this can make things much easier.

The most common curricula available are American, British and IB. There are a select few foregin language schools who offer French and German curricula, too. All schools encourage a positive and creative learning environment. Children are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular activities. It’s just about the grades!

The application process for Rome’s international schools can be long-winded. The biggest mistake you could make is not getting started before you move - don’t underestimate Italian bureaucracy!

Like many other cities in Europe, international schools in Rome offer additional languages other than the language of instruction. Italian is of course offered across the board, but some schools have a wider choice.

Native English teachers are in most international schools, although not every single one. However, with such a high standard of English spoken throughout Europe, this may not be as big of an issue as it would in other parts of the world.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Rome. However, there are another 9 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Rome based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Rome

Out of a total of 19 International Schools in Rome.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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American Overseas School of Rome

AOSR offers the best of an American-International education in a supportive learning environment. We inspire a diverse student body to courageously meet the demands of a changing world through an engaging and creative curriculum.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €10,200
to: €26,275
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Core International School

Core International School in Rome was founded in 1983 and is staffed by qualified, experienced British teachers.
The school began in a small way and although it has grown over the last thirty years it has been able to maintain the original familiar atmosphere where children of many nationalities, cultures and religious backgrounds, learn to live and work together in harmony.
The school policy is to keep classes small, about 16 children in each class, so that each child receives individual attention and is encouraged to reach his or her full potential.
All lessons are conducted in English and emphasis is placed on children acquiring a sound understanding of the three basic skills, whilst learning in a creative environment.
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €8,400
to: €10,200
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The New School Rome

The New School Rome is extraordinary. A nurturing, intensely friendly and intimate place to learn backed with outstanding academic rigour. It is unlike any other school you will have experienced.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €10,350
to: €18,250
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Acorn House International

Acorn House provides quality education for children since 1999. It is an English speaking international association with mother tongue, highly qualified teachers and prides itself on being an inclusive schooling system which supports children according to their needs.
Curriculum
British, Italian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 14
This school does not make their fees public.
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Institut Saint-Dominique

Bienvenue à l'Institut Saint-Dominique, établissement homologué français, partenaire de l’AEFE, fondé par les sœurs de la Congrégation Romaine de Saint Dominique. Nous vous proposons de fournir à vos enfants une éducation intégrale de la plus haute qualité, en assurant leur succès au sein d'une infrastructure de connaissances et de créativité.
Curriculum
Catholic, French
Language of instruction
French
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €3,200
to: €7,000
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Saint Francis International School

Saint Francis International School aims to provide a sound education in respect of the values of tolerance, solidarity, trust, and integrity, in a safe, and positive environment. Each child can attains his or her full potential academically, physically, emotionally, and socially within a small caring atmosphere. Children are encouraged to be responsible, caring, aware, and proud. Politeness, courtesy, and good behavior are of the utmost importance
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €6,700
to: €8,700
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Southlands International School

Southlands English School is a long established private independent day school for boys and girls.
The school follows the English National Curriculum and is one of the leading British Schools in Rome.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €6,250
to: €17,000
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St. Stephen's School

Nestling at the foot of the Aventine, the most exclusive of Rome’s seven hills, and a stone’s throw from the city’s great imperial sites, our international non-denominational high school for boarding and day students has built its academic program and reputation on the classical heritage of our host country, Italy, and the rigor of two prestigious educational models: the American, independent college-preparatory curriculum, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We are a small community of learners and offer a truly international faculty and student body passionate about the world around them: past, present and future.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €25,395
to: €25,395
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Kendale Primary International School

Kendale is a small but dynamic school which provides a safe, supportive and caring environment where a dedicated staff guides children towards the acquisition of knowledge, skills and confidence, the necessary foundations for a life-long love of learning.
Curriculum
American, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €7,650
to: €11,000
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Marymount International School Rome

Marymount International School Rome is Rome's first international school, founded in 1946, and one of Italy’s top schools. Known for its IB Diploma, American High School Diploma, and distinguished academic programs our graduates are accepted into many of the best universities and colleges around the world.
Located on a 40-acre campus of protected parkland just 20 minutes north of the city center, students have access to a wide variety of sports and extracurricular activities in addition to all the Eternal City has to offer, including visits to Rome’s famous attractions. An English-language Pre-K through Grade 12 (ages 2 through 18) American and international curriculum is complemented by new technology in the classrooms in addition to a fully-equipped FabLab.
Rome’s only international Catholic school, Marymount embraces a long tradition of intercultural understanding and welcomes students from over 60 different nationalities and of all faiths to participate in its vibrant community life, providing an inclusive environment for families joining from all over the world.
Curriculum
IB, American, Catholic
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €12,050
to: €23,250
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