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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 14
Yearly fees: Not public
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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 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:

This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2023/2024.

Address: Via San Giovanni Decollato,1 01100 Viterbo Italy

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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 speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

We offer English Additional Language and Italian Additional Language classes from Grade 1 upwards.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Italian and Spanish in Middle School.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

We employ Teaching Assistants in Early Childhood.

Use of technology in the classroom

We integrate technology into our classrooms from Early Childhood upwards. Classrooms have interactive whiteboards and projectors. We have a Bring Your Own Device policy from Grade 3 upwards. We expect students to bring a tablet to school for the three upper primary years from Grade 3 - 5 and then either continue with the tablet in Middle School if its capacity is still good or switch to a laptop.

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)

We use Google Classroom with Google Meet as well as SeeSaw in Early Childhood.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We are not a religious affiliated school.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Not Applicable.

External examinations or assessments available

Our Primary School is an IB World School accredited to facilitate the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. This programme culminates in Grade 5 with a performance based assessment called the PYP Exhibition.
Our students complete Italian state examinations at the end of Primary in Grade 5 and each year in Middle school (grade 6, 7 and 8).
In Middle School we complete the Italian state curriculum but we complete it with an IB inspired pedagogy, a bilingual approach, additional English instructional hours and Cambridge English examinations in grade 7 and 8.

Results in these examinations


Do teachers assign homework to their students?

We have a Home Learning policy which has a progressive approach to Home Learning. In general, we recognise the importance of holistic learning and we try not to over burden students with additional learning tasks at home because our school day is long, many students commute between 30 minutes to 1 hour and many students have after schools activities. We try to find a healthy balance that values different learning experiences, quality family time and sleep. Reading is emphasised as the most important activity a student can undertake at home but we also try to encourage inquiry based activities that involve family members, discussion, research and promote students to extend, challenge and take ownership of applying their learning in school to other contexts outside of school.

Approximate hours of homework given

It depends on the grade level. It also depends on the students and their needs.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Our school finishes at Middle School and all students attend High School afterwards.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We have a qualified SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and a SEN programme that works with parents, external agencies and students with mild to moderate special learning needs/differences.

Learning support offered

We provide guidance and support to parents, teachers and students and some in-class support.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Learning tasks are differentiated in multiple ways and students who are particularly gifted in one or more areas of learning are supported to broaden, deepen and extend their learning in class and beyond the classroom.

Student access to education psychologist

Not in school. As a team we collaborate through our SEN process of referrals, observations as well as parent and teacher collaborations to identify the best personalised learning plans for students. We work with the Italian health care system to support students who require learning needs diagnosis.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

From Grades 1 upwards we conduct English, Italian and mathematics written assessments as well as conversations and observations.

Waiting list

In some grade levels there are waiting lists.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Usually end of March. This year it is the 25th March 2023. However, we accept students afterwards although the registration fee is slightly higher.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

The school day is different for various sections of the school:

Grades 4 - 8 start at 8:00am and finish either at 3:00pm or 4:00pm.
Grades 1 - 3 start at 8:30am and finish at 3:30pm but there is a supervised playground service from 8:00am and students can be picked up between 3:30 - 4:00pm.
Early Childhood lessons start at 9:00am and finish at 3:30pm but students can arrive to class or the playground from 8:30am and can be picked up between 3:30 - 4:00pm.

School finish time

Early Childhood through Grade 3: 3:30pm
Grades 4 through 8: 3:00pm or 4:00pm depending on the day.

Supervised care before/after school

We have a special paid service for Early Childhood students from 8:00am to 8:30am. From 8:30am Early Childhood students can arrive to class or the playground where they are supervised and can be picked up between 3:30 - 4:00pm.
For Grades 1 - 3 there is a supervised playground service from 8:00am to 8:30am and students are supervised after school and can be picked up between 3:30 - 4:00pm.
Grades 4 - 8 can arrive at school from 7:50am and be picked up until 4:00pm.

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

We have an After School Actives Programme which offers a range of activities at an additional cost per class.

Sports activities included

Our curriculum supports a range of physical activities including sports such as basketball, football, ultimate frisbee, handball, invasion games and cooperative games.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

We join sports events and tournaments with international schools in and around Rome.

Facilities at the school

We have a school library, a Middle School science laboratory, EAL and IAL rooms, a Visual Arts room and an art gallery for students' art to be displayed. We have access to an auditorium next door which we rent for our choral concerts and theatrical shows. We also have access to a frescoed cloister which we use for events such as Grade 5 PYP Exhibition and graduations.

Sports facilities at the school

We have a small indoor gymnasium. We have an astroturfed area outside alongside a playground for Early Childhood students and a large field for recess and Physical Education lessons.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The school has organically grown over the last 12 years because of the commitment of the Board, leadership, teachers, parents and students exercising their agency and collaborating together for the benefit of a positive learning experience.

Teaching approach of the school

Inquiry based, conceptually driven, Transdisciplinary connected and skills focused. We focus on the whole child and aim for our students to have a personalised, collaborative and collective learning journey.

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