Ambrit Rome International School
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.
American Overseas School of Rome
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.
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Castelli International School
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
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
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
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.
Southlands International School
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.
St George’s British International School
National Curriculum for England/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 860 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. IB results are very respectable and 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. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
St Stephen’s School
American High School Diploma/AP/IB Diploma; ages 14-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 294 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.
The New School
National Curriculum for England/(I)GCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 212 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 Rom
Via Aurelia Antica, 397
Tel: +39 066638776
Fax: +39 066630632
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
Via Igino Lega 5
Tel : +39 0630310817
Fax: +39 0630311333
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
Via di Porta S. Pancrazio 9-10
Fax: +39 065882252
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.
Via di Villa Patrizi 9
Curriculum: French. 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
Via della Casetta Mattei, 104
Tel: +39 0665670219
Fax: +39 066550708
Curriculum: Japanese. This is a new a 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
Via marcello Malpighi, 14
Tel: +39 064402109
Fax: +39 064404213
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 60 years and has a good reputation and plenty of extra curricular activities. Co-ed, 3-18 years old.