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Best schools in Rome Italy

A snapshot overview of schools in Rome that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

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

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups 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 descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Schools in Rome reviewed or considered by The Good Schools Guide International

Acorn House International School

Adapted English curriculum/adapted Italian curriculum; ages 2-14; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 250 pupils

A bilingual (English/Italian) primary and middle school, opened in 1999 and still headed up by one of the original founders. It is a partner with the very successful and innovative Sir William Burrough Primary School in East End of London, UK, as well as working with the Cambridge curriculum and the Italian educational system. Offering both English and Italian curricula up to the end of Year 9.

American Overseas School of Rome 

American Elementary curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 620 pupils

Started just after WWII as a nondenominational, international school by a group of American and British mothers. Curriculum now basically American and the school accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSASC). Nearly 30 per cent of the 50 or so graduates head off to university in the USA with approximately 20 per cent either staying in Italy or going to the UK.

Click here for our full review of the American Overseas School of Rome.

Ambrit Rome International School  (pending)

PYP/MYP; ages 3-14; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 460 pupils

Owned and run by an American head and based on a campus 8 km south west of the Centro Storico. Students and staff come from over 50 different nationalities but awareness of their location and Italian language development are integral to the school. Material is taken from the Italian National Curriculum, leading to the Quinta exam at the end of grade 5 and Italian State Exam (Terza Media) in grade 8.

Castelli International School  (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/Italian National Curriculum; ages 6-14; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 120 pupils

On the southern outskirts of the city in the Castelli hills with beautiful grounds (rare in Rome). Includes elements of the Italian Ministerial curriculum but although a bilingual school, English is the primary language. Focus on international issues and students are prepared either for Cambridge Secondary exams (recognised globally) or external Italian State exams.

Core International School  (pending)

National Curriculum for England/Italian National Curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 120 pupils

In the elegant Parioli neighbourhood for over 50 years, educating children from nursery through primary. Various nationalities taught in English but Italian language introduced at five and children begin to follow parts of the Italian curriculum. Extra Italian courses are also available for pupils intending to take the exam to enter into the Italian state system. EAL is available from age four.

Marymount International School Rome  (pending)

American Elementary curriculum/American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 700 pupils

One of three European sister schools under the direction of the Catholic order of the Sacred Heart of Mary (the others in Paris and London). Huge 40 acre campus in parkland on the northern outskirts of the city. Students from over 60 different nationalities but very popular with Italian families as well as expats. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Rome International School  (pending)

PYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 520 pupils

Founded in 1988 and now on a brand new, swish, tree-filled campus, including arts, music and science departments and sporting facilities. Member (since 2018) of the NACE group of 33 international schools and the only school in Rome authorised to offer PYP and IB Diploma programmes. Classes taught in English but with a high proportion of Italian pupils.

St George’s British International School 

National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 895 pupils

Two junior schools; Nomentana (in the historic quarter) with 160 pupils and the larger La Storta plus a senior school in the northern part of the city. The vast majority of graduates aim for leading British universities (no Oxbridge in latest destinations listed but several Russell Group) with about five per cent heading to the US. Very respectable average IB Diploma score of 34.5 in 2019.

Click here for our full review of St. George's British International School

St Stephen’s School 

American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 14-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 300 pupils

Founded by a former headmaster of Kent School in Connecticut, in the heart of historic Rome. Offering a classical liberal arts secondary education (taught by an impressive faculty) leading up to the IB Diploma and an optional post-graduate year, also open to external students. 15 per cent boarding and almost all move on to top global universities. Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredited.

Click here for our full review of St Stephen's School.

Southlands International School  (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 pupils

An added bonus of a large parents-only car park at the Casalpalocco campus between Rome and Ostia. Offering the IB Diploma since 2015 they are continuing to expand the courses available from September 2019. Very early for statistics but graduates have moved on to universities world-wide, as yet, not to top Ivies or Russell Group universities. An Italian programme prepares students for entry into the Italian State system.

The New School  (pending)

National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 210 pupils

Small school providing a very English environment in the residential northern part of the city. Above average results at both GCSE and particularly at A-Level in 2018 (latest published results) with nearly 55 per cent of students awarded A or A*. The majority choose university in the UK, including Bristol and Imperial College London and the remainder going to the US or staying in Italy.

Non English speaking schools:

Deutsche Schule Rome

Curriculum: German (Baden-Wurttemberg). This school aims to be completely bilingual and bi-national and so prepares students for both the German High School Diploma (Abitur) and the Diploma Italiano di Maturia Scientifica. Established in 1851 with over 900 students this is a large and lively thriving school a large percentage (approximately half) of Italian students. Private, co-ed, 3-18 years old.

Institut Saint Dominique

Curriculum: French. French girls Catholic school in large grounds which follows the French curriculum and has a boarding section for older pupils. However, most of the students going on to university went to Italian university since many of the students are Italian. Girls private boarding school 3-18 years old.

Liceo Espanol Cervantes

Curriculum: Spanish. Set up on a hill overlooking Trastevere and Rome, this Spanish school is recognised by the Spanish Government and the Italian Governments and almost half the students are Italian. The fees are reasonably low compared to other international schools and most of the pupils are in the lower school, leaving for Italian State School or other larger senior schools. Co-ed, 3-18 years old.

Lycee Chateaubriand

Curriculum: French Bac and Brevet. This is the largest international school in Rome with 1450 pupils and it is in the east of the city not far from the more elegant residential areas of the city and near to the embassies. Half the students are Italian and even though the curriculum is entirely French leading to French baccalaureate about two thirds of the pupils go on to university in Italy. It is financed by the French ministry and this helps to keep fees low. Co-ed, 3-18 years old.

Scuola Giapponese di Roma

Curriculum: Japanese. This is a new, still small. school based on the Japanese curriculum. Students must have at least one Japanese parent so this school does not have the large percentage of Italian children that the other international schools have and therefore no Japanese language support. There are a total of approx 50 pupils with tiny classes (approx 5 children to a class) in this co-ed school for pupils from 7–15 years.

Scuola Svizzera Roma

Curriculum: Swiss (German/Italian). The language of tuition is German, but children are prepared for Italian state exams as well as following the Swiss German curriculum. Small Swiss graduating classes since large numbers of Italian pupils move back into the Italian education system at 13 years old. This school has been in Rome for over 70 years and has a good reputation and plenty of extra curricular activities. Co-ed, 3-18 years old.

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