A snapshot: schools in Rome 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.
Acorn House International School (pending)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ adapted Italian curriculum; ages 2-14; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 250 students
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, England, 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.
Ambrit Rome International School (pending)
PYP/ MYP; ages 3-14; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 460 students
Owned and run by an American head and based on a campus eight 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.
American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 620 students
Started just after WWII by a group of American and British mothers, as a non-denominational, international school. Curriculum now basically American and the school accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA). Nearly 30 per cent of the 50 or so annual 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.
Castelli International School (pending)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ Italian National Curriculum; ages 6-14; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 120 students
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 students
Located 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 at this stage. 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 curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 700 students
One of three European sister schools under the direction of the Catholic order of the Sacred Heart of Mary (the others are 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/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 520 students
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 the International Baccalaureate IBPYP programme as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Classes taught in English but with a high proportion of Italian pupils.
Southlands International School (pending)
Adapted National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 students
An added bonus of a large parents-only car park (a huge plus in traffic choked Rome) at the Casalpalocco campus between Rome and Ostia. Offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma since 2015 they have been continuing to expand the courses available since September 2019. Very early for statistics but graduates have moved on to universities world-wide but, as yet, not to top Ivies or Russell Group universities. An Italian programme prepares students for entry into the Italian State system.
National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 895 students
Two junior schools; Nomentana (in the historic quarter) with 160 students 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 and consistent average International Baccalaureate Diploma scores in the mid-thirties.
Click here for our full review of St. George's British International School.
American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 14-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 300 students
Founded by a former headmaster of Kent School in Connecticut, USA and located in the heart of historic Rome. Offering a classical liberal arts secondary education (taught by an impressive faculty) leading up to the International Baccalaureate Diploma and an optional post-graduate year, also open to external students. 15 per cent of students board 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.
The New School Rome (pending)
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 recently, 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 tend to move on to the US or stay in Italy for their university career
This school has been brought to our attention but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing it.
St Francis International School
American curriculum; ages 3-14; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 195 students
A small American early childhood, primary and middle school, located in the northern part of Rome and nearly 170 years old. They prepare students both for entry into the British and American secondary systems and for the Italian state exams, needed to enter the Italian state educational sector.
Non English-speaking schools:
Curriculum: German (Baden-Wurttemberg); private, co-ed, 3-18 years old; 900 students
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 with a high percentage (approximately half) of Italian students. Partially subsidised by the German government.
Curriculum: French; Girls, private boarding school 3-18 years old
A French, Catholic, girls 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 tend to graduate to Italian universities, since many of the students are Italian.
Curriculum: Spanish; co-ed, 3-18 years old
Set up on a hill overlooking Trastevere and Rome, this Spanish school is recognised by the Spanish and 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 for their secondary education.
Curriculum: French Brevet and Bac; co-ed, 3-18 years old
This is the largest international school in Rome with 1,450 pupils and it is in the east of the city not far from the more elegant residential areas and near to the embassies. Half the students are Italian and even though the curriculum is entirely French leading to the 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.
Scuola Giapponese di Roma
Curriculum: Japanese; co-ed, 7-15 years old
A new, still small. school following the Japanese curriculum. Students must have at least one Japanese parent so this school lacks the large percentage of Italian children that the other international schools have and therefore there is no Japanese language support. There are a total of approximately 50 students with tiny classes (usually, only 5 children in a class).
Curriculum: Swiss (German/Italian); co-ed, 3-18 years old
The language of tuition is German, but children are prepared for Italian state exams as well as following the Swiss-German curriculum. Small graduating classes for the Swiss Matura 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.