IS Monza, a full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum school authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), endeavors to deliver the International Baccalaureate programmes in the purist of forms, with the school’s core values and the IB’s Learner Profile embodied in everything that the community does. Both the school and the group to which it belongs, have an established record of success in the IB, from age 2,5 all the way through to admission to the world’s leading universities at age 18.
Perhaps most of note is the sense of collaboration that exists amongst all members of the school community. This is most evident in the way in which the highly qualified mother tongue teachers and inquisitive students work towards a common goal of academic success which is seamlessly balanced with an inherent commitment to active global citizenship at every level. Although all classrooms are fitted with smart TVs and students bring tablets or laptops to school, the school uses technology in a blended approach where it feels it adds value to teaching and learning and not merely to replace traditional methods (“yes, we do use books and, yes, we do talk to one another”).
All this takes place in the city-centre campus – a stylish and colorful factory conversion – which has been specifically designed to foster collaborative approaches to teaching and learning. The science laboratories are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and the school also boasts carefully designed on-site spaces which support the delivery of the Reggio-Inspired Early Years Curriculum, three beautiful libraries, as well as studios for visual arts, drama and music, supported by a brand new sports complex. That said, living in such a culturally rich part of the world, the school takes many opportunities to knock down the classroom walls and learn from opportunities in the local and not-so-local area.