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International Schools in Rome 

The Italian education system is free, and mandatory from ages 6 to 16.  High school lasts five years, with most students attending university at 19.  The Italian system differs from the English system in that schools tend to be more focused on a traditional, teacher- led method, whereas schools in the U.S. and the UK tend to use more varied, interactive methods. 

There are also differences in subject matter: while the UK’s focus is on core subjects like Math, Science and English, Italy puts a greater emphasis on History, Geography and Art.  Italian schools are, in fact, required to teach English, although it is usually not taught by a native speaker and most students of public schools don’t speak it with proficiency. 

That being said, people come from all over the world to study in Italy, especially to gain perspective through a different cultural lens.  After all, Italy has the oldest universities in the Western world. 

Rome is home to many alternative education systems, including French, Spanish, and British, with schools for all ages and academic levels.

Choosing a school in Rome

When you begin looking for schools for your child, whether you are already living in Rome or planning to relocate, one of the first decisions to make is whether to go the expat route and attend one of the city’s many international schools. 

Rome offers quite a few options in this regard, and it can be a bit of a hunt to figure out which will be the best fit for your family.  The application process for Rome’s private schools is less competitive than other major cities, but it is still possible to run into waitlists. 

Most of the international schools in Rome organize tours and information sessions.  The tuition fees vary widely depending on the structure and curriculum of the school.

Special education needs in Rome

In the public school system in Italy, there is an assessment process for providing individualized programs and support for special needs students that is based on inclusivity.

Generally speaking, international and private schools in Rome consider children with special needs on an individual basis.  St. Stephen’s school, located near Circo Massimo, has established a program to support learners with specialist teachers and there are others as well, but a few of the private institutions in Rome might be a little less welcoming. 

Here is a listing of the main International Schools in Rome.

The Scuola Giapponese di Roma is an elementary school and a junior high school, enrolling boys and girls from grade 1 to grade 9. The school education is based on a Japanese educational curriculum. Students must have a...
Greenwood Garden School was started in 1974 by Donna Seibert and Alfredo Ricci and has been in operation for almost forty years. We are an international pre-school and kindergarten for children aging from 2-6 with teach...
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Ambrit Rome provides a rigorous academic curriculum which enables children to reach their full potential. The stimulating and caring environment encourages children to develop their own sense of identity, self-esteem and...
Southlands is in the southern part of Rome, with a fully qualified international staff. The core subjects are guided by specialists. Italian is introduced in year 1 and French in year 5. Italian children can prepare for...
St George’s has a strong worldwide reputation in learning, teaching and results. It has a genuinely international flavour, with over 60 nationalities represented. It uses the British curriculum, followed by the Internati...
The Cervantes Spanish Liceo in Rome is a publicly owned Spanish center, directly dependent on the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, in which regulated Spanish courses are taught to the non-university school popul...
Marymount is a private, Catholic, co-educational school where each student is valued and nurtured. The school’s challenging, American-based curriculum forms a continuum from early childhood through high school and is des...
The New School offers the English national curriculum from nursery to Year 13 and is an official centre for GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A-level examinations. The school strives to create a challenging and stimulating environment...
We Dominican nuns have always believed in the specificity of our mission and we founded the Rome Institute in the early 60’s. Following Pope John Paul II’s exhortation and together with the laic educational s...
Britannia International is situated in a modern villa in the south of Rome. Small classes ensure that the children receive the help and stimulation needed to achieve their maximum potential. A carefully structured kinder...
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Kendale children are distinguished by their confidence, their organisational skills, their independence, their group spirit, their musicality and creativity. In a caring environment children acquire a joyful approach to...
The Lycée Chateaubriand is a French educational institution that depends administratively and financially by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The courses meets the French programs defined by the Ministry of...
The school is in the north-west of Rome. Facilities include 13 classrooms, two cafeterias, science room, library, computer room, gymnasium, theatre and play area with volleyball and basketball courts. Early Childhood h...
St Stephen’s, a co-educational day-and-boarding high school modelled on American independent school traditions, offers a rigorous academic curriculum. The International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programm...
The Swiss School in Rome is the only bilingual school of the Capital that covers the whole period from kindergarten to high school. The Swiss School in Rome also grants the possibility of changing to the Italian school s...
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