The International School of Bologna (ISB) opened in September 2004 to provide an international education for children in Bologna and outlying areas. It provides a learning environment with a clear mission to meet the needs of the children of internationally minded parents through the medium of the English language. There are statements of Mission and Philosophy which underpin the day to day operations of the school.
In addition, the Board has expressed its plans for the growth of the school in the school’s Vision Statement, which is:
The International School of Bologna will be a premier, three programme (PYP, MYP, DP), IB World School expanding by one grade level each year until we graduate our first students in June 2017. ISB will be the school of choice for Internationally-minded parents in the Emilia Romagna region and a leader of IB schools in Italy.
The school has, at present, a roll of over two hundred and caters for children in Early Years, Elementary School and Middle School and expanded into High School in the 2013-14 school year. The school became a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme during the school year, 2011 -2012 and an authorized school in January 2014.
Following a visit from The International Baccalaureate Organization in November 2009, the school achieved the status of being an IB World School authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). An Evaluation Visit from the IBO took place early in 2013.
The school also became a candidate school for the IB Diploma Programme in December 2013.
The school is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is accreditated by this organization (January 2014).
The school is staffed by qualified and experienced teachers, including teachers in the specialist areas of Art, Music and Physical Education. The Early Years classes and Grade 1 teacher are assisted by Support Teachers.
The school is governed by a Board of Directors. There is a Parents Association who meets on a regular basis to support the work undertaken by the school.
The students come from twenty nine different countries. The majority of students come from Italian families. 55% of the students come from Mother Tongue Italian families, 25% of our families have one Italian and one non Italian parent and the final 20% come from families representing twenty eight different countries.