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A snapshot: schools in Milan considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names. 

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


International schools

American School of Milan (The)  (pending)

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 900 students

Recently (2018) expanded and renovated with modern facilities. More changes to come for the elementary school as well as the opening of an external theatre. Offering an American and international programme to students from over 50 different countries (over 50 per cent expats). Majority leave to attend UK universities (including Russell Group) but a large number to the US (including Ivies), or to EU options. Inspected by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

British School of Milan (The)  (pending)

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 730 students

Opened in 1969 and named after Scottish businessman, Sir James Henderson. Enrolling students from over 40 different nationalities and describing themselves as an international gateway to top global universities. These include Imperial College London, University College London, Edinburgh and Exeter in the UK and Boston and Smith in the USA as well as Trinity Dublin and the École Hotelière in Lausanne. An Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

International School of Milan  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,000 students

The oldest international school in Milan, founded in 1958 and with housing for 50 boarders. A member of the Inspired group of over 30 international schools. The campus in Baranzate (opened in 2013) teaches pupils from over 30 different nationalities. Also teaching an Italian programme for entry into Italian state schools. Offering the full International Baccalaureate programme with Diploma graduates doing very well - regularly scoring points in the mid-thirties, compared to the global average of around 30.

St Louis School   (pending)

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 1,200 students

A member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) with successful results at IGCSE and particularly for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, regularly near the top of the European rankings. A bilingual school with pupils from over 50 nationalities and also an Italian, authorised, primary school. On three campuses, one in central Milan and two in the suburbs. Boarding available from ages 14-18 in a new boarding house.

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

Canadian School of Milan

Adapted Ontario curriculum/ Italian Ministry Elementary/ International Primary curriculum/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 160 pupils

Recently authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme as well as the IB Diploma. The latter was only authorised in 2019 so no graduates or published results until 2021. Classes taught in English but French studied from age five and Italian lessons for international students. Two Italian programmes for native Italian speakers preparing for the Italian state exams.

ICS International School of Milan

EYFS/ International Primary Curriculum/ Italian curriculum; ages 6 months-12; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 students

A member of the international Globeducate group of schools since 2017, when KC Infant and Primary schools were merged with Ludum Design School. Expanding rapidly, with the secondary school opened in 2018 and now operating on three campuses. Too early to be able to report on results but teaching appears to be based on the International Baccalaureate programme, as they are candidates for the IB Middle Years programme.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

 

 

 

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