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Primary classes in Italy for international studens. List of 7 top institutions, 2023 fees, rankings

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International School of Milan
International School of Milan
Italy
Milan
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International School of Como
International School of Como
Italy
Como
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St. Louis School, Milan
St. Louis School, Milan
Italy
Milan
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International School of Siena
International School of Siena
Italy
Florence
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International School of Modena
International School of Modena
Italy
Modena
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International School of Monza
International School of Monza
Italy
Milan
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Marymount Private School Rome
Marymount Private School Rome
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Rome
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Education information

The education system in Italy is controlled by the state, it directly depends on the Ministry of Education, which financially supports schools at all levels and controls education in private institutions. It also independently develops and then brings studying programs to educational institutions. They hire teachers (in all subject disciplines) in state-controlled schools for teaching positions through competitions.

The education system in Italy is divided into five levels: preschool, primary schools, junior high school, gymnasium and university. Below we will look at the basic facts about the Italian education system and study options for foreign children.

Unlike secondary education, higher education in Italy (academies, universities, etc.) have the right to a personal independent organization of the educational process, they independently make up educational programs, but are provided financially by the Ministry of Education. In most of them, in order to maintain a high level of education in the field of obtaining professions, final examination tests have been introduced. The modern education system in Italy is constantly being reformed in order to improve it. At the moment, another change is being carried out, designed to connect Italian studies with the pan-European one.

Stages of education in Italy – main specifics

Studying in Italy, as elsewhere, has a step-by-step structure, where Italians study, starting from the most tender age and up to the acquisition of a profession. However, here the educational stages also do not end, because in this state the students can study additionally if desired. So, the studying scheme in Italy has the following structure:

  • Preschool education – the studying is conducted for children aged from 3 to 6 years;
  • Primary classes in Italy – designed for students aged from 6 to 10 years;
  • Middle classes - designed for students aged from 11 to 13 years;
  • High school – the studying is organized for students aged from 14 to 19 years;
  • Lyceums – preparation of students for enrolment in the universities.

Primary education in Italy – organization of studying process

The upbringing of children in Italy begins, as in many others, from a young age. Already from 3 to 6 years old, kids can go to early development schools (scuola Matera). Little Italians learn to communicate with each other, play, develop physically in sports classes. During this period, the kids are laying the foundations of social adaptation and preparing for school.

Preschool education in Italy in many children's institutions is carried out according to the method of the famous M.Montessori. In addition to them, Catholic children's groups at churches are also widespread, where the education of children is entrusted to nuns. In addition to the main educational biases, special attention is paid to the education of spirituality, worldview, the basics of Christianity and faith. Here they adhere to traditional ways of education.

Secondary education in Italy for foreign students

Primary classes in Italy teach students aged from 6 to 10 years. This is a free education in Italy, mandatory for all young Italians, such disciplines are studied here: reading, native language and writing in it, arithmetic, drawing, music and others. Religion is not a compulsory subject, it is studied on a voluntary basis. Educational schedules in elementary grades always include at least one foreign language. The study of children of this age lasts 6 hours daily and 5 days a week.

The grades are "excellent", "satisfactory", "good". It is noteworthy that in all schools of the first and second stages, children can receive inclusive education in Italy, i.e. children whose physical abilities are limited study in the same group with their healthy peers according to the general program. If this is not possible for a serious reason, then an individual schedule is created for such a child. Classes in schools are often large, with the exception of private schools in Italy, where groups of students are much smaller. In them, the subject program is exactly the same as in the state, but these institutions do not have the opportunity to issue their certificates. A child who has been studied in a paid private school will be required to pass exams in public schools.

Upon completion of studying in the best primary schools in Italy, the students take two types of exams in some subjects - oral and written. After that, they receive certificates of primary school graduates.

Secondary school in Italy (la scuola Media) is designed to teach teenagers aged 11-13 who have graduated from the first school stage. In addition to the main lessons, Italian, art, music, natural sciences and geography are added to the program, and they also do not forget to pay attention to foreign languages. Unlike the first five-year plan, exams are taken here every year, if a student passes them unsatisfactorily, then he remains for the second year.

When the studying at this stage comes to an end, the students pass written attestations in Italian writing and speech, foreign language, mathematics. In other subjects, the students also need to be certified, but already orally. With successful completion, the student can enroll in a higher school. Studying  at this stage is also free and compulsory.

Assessment system in primary schools in Italy

Both primary and secondary schools use a 10-point scale, where 6 is the minimum passing score.

Evaluations are following:

  • 9-10 – Ottimo (excellent)
  • 8-8,99 – Distinto (very good)
  • 7-7,99 – Buono (good)
  • 6-6,99 – Sufficiente (enough)
  • 0-5,99 – Respinto (unsuccessful).

How to apply to the best primary schools in Italy?

To obtain primary education in Italy, the foreign student will need to pass an exam in English and basic school subjects. Also it is recommended to know Italian. In any case, Italian will be needed for everyday communication.

To enrol, the foreign students need to prepare the following documents:

  • Online application;
  • The child's identity card;
  • Certificates that he was studied in the country of his citizenship;
  • A medical certificate indicating the student's health status and a list of vaccinations.

In Italy, there is a list of mandatory vaccination. If there are no vaccinations, the school administration will notify the health department.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

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Egor Eremeev
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Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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