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Open Day 2024

Monday, January 22nd

at 09:30 am

We invite you to come and explore our Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 - 12.

Explore our Reception - Grade 5 Classes

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Welcome from
Head of School

I am delighted that you are curious about the International School of Bologna (ISB). Since our inception in 2004, we have been serving a future-oriented community of local and international families in Northern Italy.

Our mission is to develop students who make an active contribution as they take their place in our ever-evolving global society. We are preparing students not just to cope with a changing world, but to lead the change.



Our main language of instruction is English. However, we greatly value the importance of our host country's culture and language and all our students therefore learn Italian. Starting in Grade 1, our learners are provided Italian mother tongue or Italian language acquisition classes.



ISB is proud to be a Google Reference School and our integration of learning technology is purposeful throughout all grade levels. We carefully balance the development of fine and gross motor skills, tactile, and sensory learning with age appropriate digital mastery.



Our garden opens at 08:30 and our school day runs from 08:50 - 15:20 (EY) / 15:30. For our Early Years children, we offer supervised Early Morning Care from 08:15 and an After School Care Program until 17:00 (included in the main tuition fee).

Who we are?

From our Early Years to graduation, our children follow the International Baccalaureate Programmes (IB PYP, MYP, DP). In our Early Years division, we approach learning through an inquiry and play-based curriculum. 

Play is central to the network of learning, and not merely recreation for learning. Play integrates the child's learning, making learning deep, broad, relevant, thorough, and imaginative. Play and first-hand experiences enable the child to struggle, manipulate, explore, discover, and practice, thus becoming highly competent in a variety of ways.  Through play, children understand and express their thoughts and feelings about the world cognitively and effectively.    Tina Bruce (1991) Time to Play in early childhood education

Our approaches to learning and teaching place the child in the center and offer a balance between teacher-led activities and collaborative inquiry opportunities where the children choose what they would like to do with the materials in the classroom. 

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Our Campus

Meet Our Staff

We are more than sixty-five people working in the everyday operation of ISB.
Here are some of our principal figures:

Open Day 2024
The Schedule


We'll talk with the Head of School to explain the school

as a whole


We are going to explain academic programs (IB) with an emphasis on the IB PYP


We'll walk around the school to show our facility & staff

We are proud to be
Accredited Members of

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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Council of International Schools

The CIS vision is to inspire the development of global citizens through high-quality international education: connecting ideas, cultures, and educators from every corner of the world.

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New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Founded in 1885, the NEASC has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States.

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Google Reference School

Reference Districts and Schools are recognized by Google for their outstanding use of technology to drive positive learning outcomes. Each has agreed to host visitors on-site, share advice, tips, and best practices, host events, and more.

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