A snapshot overview of schools in Tuscany that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.
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Canadian School of Florence
Canadian Ontario; ages 14-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned
Formerly known as Blyth Academy, this is a small university preparatory school, located in a renovated palazzo in the heart of Florence, with boarders housed in another building. A part of Globeducate, the international network of over 50 schools stretching over ten countries. The school enrolls students all year and for as short a time as one semester.
International School of Florence
PYP/ School adapted curriculum/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 520 students
One of the oldest international schools in Europe, founded in Rome in 1952, before moving to Florence in 1963. On two campuses (seniors in the centre and juniors in a villa 10 kms outside the city). Approximately 40 per cent of the students are Italian, with the remainder from over 35 different countries. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA).
Lycée Victor Hugo
French Curriculum/ Bac/ EsaBac; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 students
Located in the Palazzo Venturi Genori, built in 1498. Teaching in three languages (French, Italian, English) from kindergarten and offering the choice of either the French Baccalauréat or the EsaBac, which allows students to obtain two high-school diplomas in one; the Italian State Exam (Maturita) and the French Baccalauréat (Bac).
Westminster International School
PYP; ages 3-12; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned
A pre-school and primary in Pisa, a small city on the sea, west of Florence. Founded in 2000 and authorised to teach the IB Primary Years Programme since 2012. Mainly British teachers, no after-school activities and uniform is required. Approximately 70 per cent of the students are Italian citizens.
International School of Siena
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned
Opened in 2010 in a villa outside the beautiful city of Siena but now relocated to a brand-new building. Part of a group that also manages international schools in Milan, Modena and Monza. An IB World Continuum School, recently authorised (2019) fo offer the IB Diploma in addition to the Primary and Middle Years Programmes.