From Early Years school through to High School, the International School of Europe offers the curriculum of the IB (International Baccalaureate®), a Geneva-based international education foundation which since the 'Sixties has been running a programme designed specifically for internationally-oriented schools that has been adopted by over 4.200 institutes in more than 150 countries.
The implementation of the educational programmes is constantly monitored by the international organization and ISE teaching staff attend workshops, conferences, curricular activities and online discussions organized directly by the International Baccalaureate as part of an ongoing training process..
Italian is the second language, and is taught at different levels depending on the competence of the student.
Mother-tongue Italian students attend separate classes and prepare for the Idoneità alla Prima Media and Terza Media Exam (Italian state examinations).
The IB programme is divided into four age-groups:
- Early Years, which corresponds to the nursery school and includes a “Kindergarten” for three-year-olds, and a "Transition" for four-year-olds.
- Primary, the elementary school which starts at five years of age with the first class (Grade 1) and ends with the sixth class (Grade 6).
- Middle Years, the middle school, for children between the ages of 11 and 16, from Grade 7 to Grade 11.
There are two distinct phases of High School, each lasting two full years. In Grades 10-11, students work towards completion of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years programme (MYP) and, lastly, the;
- High School IB Diploma, for students between 16 and 18, from Grade 12 to Grade 13, a broad-based two-year course ending with the attainment of the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
PYP – Primary Years Programme
Students aged 3 to 11 learn through the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
This offers a rich, challenging andstimulating curriculum designed to generate an enthusiasm for learning and value it as a life-long process.
Our schools endeavour to ensure the development of a strong foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding while meeting the needs of the individual child.
The PYP is founded on the belief that all children are naturally curious and disposed to learning.
They are creative, imaginative, energetic and resourceful.
The focus of the curriculum aims to capitalise on these natural dispositions by providing meaningful, authentic activities in which children can become absorbed, committed and successful.
MYP – Middle Years Programme
Students ages 11-16 follow the Middle Years Programme which offers an educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects.
While insisting upon thorough study of the various disciplines, the MYP accentuates their inter-relatedness and so advances a holistic view of knowledge.
Students are encouraged to develop intercultural awareness along with genuine understanding of their own history and traditions.
In stressing communication, the MYP places fundamental importance on achieving firm command of one’s own language and on the acquisition of a foreign language for effective conversation.
High School Years and IB Diploma IB
There are two distinct phases of High School, each lasting two full years.
In Grades 10-11, students work towards completion of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years programme (MYP).
There is a combination of compulsory and optional subjects and assessment is an on-going and essential feature of every course. At the end of grade 11, students receive a MYP credits for all courses taken over the two years.
Most of our students aim for the full IB Diploma, which is recognised by universities all over the world.
The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range.
It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate.
There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
For more information please visit the official International Baccalaureate web site.
IT as part of the learning process
International School of Europe encourages the integration of technology into learning through the use of a 1:1 capabilities which enable students to use a personal device in school.
In Primary Years Programme classes the students use iPad tablets while in Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme courses we operate a "bring your own device" policy so the students can use any device or operating system of their choice.
Our concept of "integrating" technology means that we prioritize the established IB pedagogical models and these drive the way that we use technology rather than vice versa. Technology aids inquiry and research, supports personal productivity and creativity, and promotes effective communication in school and with wider learning networks.
However, we do not intend to replace traditional skills, printed books or the value of human resources that remain vital to the educational process.
Since September 2012 all of our sites have full wifi access.