Rome International School
|Year of Foundation||1988|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||All year round|
|Number of students||500|
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|Accreditations||International Baccalaureate Organization; Cambridge International Assessment; Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM); Middle School curriculum validated by the Centre for evaluation and monitoring (CEM) Durham University|
|Headmaster||Mr Graham Thompson|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||10.800|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||22.000|
During this period of remote learning, our Admissions team is happy to continue to support families in choosing the best education for their child. Prospective parents and students are warmly invited to connect with us for a virtual Open Day. Join us to hear our Head of School, Mr Graham Thompson, give a live presentation about our school. Our Admissions team will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have. Register your interest.
Since 1988, Rome International School has been offering a quality international education to students between the ages of 2 and 18.
The school’s educational vision is aligned with the ethos of the International Baccalaureate (IB) that places each student at the centre of the learning process.
Rome International School is a Cambridge International School and is the only school in Rome authorised to offer two IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme and the Diploma Programme, thereby ensuring the quality and consistency of a true international education. With more than 500 students representing 50 nationalities, our school is a fine example of a global community.
Our students apply to top universities worldwide and are provided with personalised support from experienced members of staff who work with students at each stage of the process. We offer systematic guidance and supervision throughout the university application process, with the sole objective of enabling our students to fulfil their potential.
In May 2019, the largest number of IB students graduated since Rome International School was accredited as an IB World School in 2009. Our IB Diploma scores are consistently above the World Global Average. Examples of 2019 university destinations include University of Leicester, University of Westminster, King’s College London, LUISS University, Maastrich University, University of British Colombia, University of Amsterdam, Goldsmiths University of London, Northeastern University.
Children from Kindergarten to Year 6 follow the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary programme considered to be one of the most advanced programmes for elementary schools. The Early Years and Elementary School student at Rome International School is at the centre of the learning process, constructing knowledge, problem-solving, collaborating, reflecting and taking appropriate action.
Starting in Year 3, students have the opportunity to study either Arabic or Chinese within the curriculum, taught by mother-tongue teachers. French, Chinese and Spanish language courses are also available as extra-curricular options in Elementary allowing students the possibility to continue these courses in the Middle and High School.
The Middle School, which starts in Year 7, follows the Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum and lessons encourage group work, collaboration and all aspects of the IB Learner Profile. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, collaboration and academic excellence. We appreciate that many of our families require the guarantee of excellent preparation for the Italian State exam at the end of Year 9 (licenza media).
Creativity, physical health and well-being is important for all of our students. Middle and High School students have lessons in Art, Music, Drama and P.E. is taught in all years.
Our school building and campus are specifically designed for 21st century education. Nestled in almost four hectares of natural parkland in north-west Rome, our students benefit from ample outdoor play and learning spaces and state-of-the-art facilities, including an outdoor classroom in the school woods.
The school is part of the Eco Schools network and proudly flies the Eco School flag. The flag indicates recognition by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for achievement in sustainable development education and for continuously improving the environmental performance of the school and wider community.
Our school bus and shuttle service are a great solution for students and parents as they meet the highest safety standards and ensure an efficient journey to and from school. There are a variety of bus and shuttle routes that cater to different ages and entry/exit times. As an Eco-School we are committed to raising awareness and implementing ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
We have three canteens that cater for different age groups, serving nutritious meals using organic and seasonal produce. In addition to lesson time, socialising and break times are an integral part of the school day and an important aspect of our educational framework. Our canteen service covers the entire student body and is compulsory for all students. Special attention is given to varied menus, based on a balanced three-course lunch, which caters to dietary, religious and ethical requirements.
Rome International School is a proud member of the Globeducate family (formerly known as NACE Schools), which is one of the leading education networks in Europe. This brings many new opportunities for our community. RIS students and teachers benefit from exchange of best practices and a range of annual art, sports and inter-cultural events with other schools across the Globeducate network.
Rome International School is the ideal context for a rewarding and progressive educational experience.
CurriculumAs an IB World School, we are authorised to deliver the IB Primary Years Programme in the Early Years and Elementary School for ages 3 to 11 and the IB Diploma Programme in the last two years of High School for ages 16 to 18. Our internationally relevant Middle Years curriculum (ages 12 to 14) leading to the Cambridge IGCSE (ages 14 to 16) ensures the quality and consistency of a true international education.
Languages of instructionEnglish
Foreign languagesArabic, French, Spanish, Chinese
ExaminationsExternal Examiniations: Cambridge Checkpoint in Year 9; Cambridge IGCSE in Year 11; IB Diploma in Year 13
My favourite thing about Rome International School (RIS), apart from the lifelong friendships I made during my seven years there, was the privilege of being an IB student. I developed valuable analytical skills without realising how useful they would be in the future. The very idea of getting to choose the subjects I wanted to study based on my strengths and interests was an incredible feeling. My favourite classes were History and Visual Arts, where I produced some of the work that, to this day, I am most proud of. After RIS, I applied for a BA in Journalism Studies at the University of Stirling, one of the best schools in the UK for media. I have just been accepted to a postgraduate Human Rights & International Politics MSc at the University of Glasgow and could not be more excited about what’s to come.
I am from China and I have a lot of fun at this school because it includes students/teachers from different countries. Students can learn from the different teachers in every grade and participate with them. We have “Creativity Wednesday”, where we can choose to do different things at different times in class. We make our own investigations and inquiries. Soon we will be doing the Exhibition where we do lots of research about something that we are really interested in. Then we get to take some kind of action that will help other people in the world. I am looking forward to this. It will be fun. We also have other celebrations and events during the year like the Residential Trip, where we go away for three days and do really great things out of school. In class, we all work at our own levels. I am already working as a middle schooler in Maths. We do lots of problem solving too. I have made a lot of friends over the last few years at RIS and I love this school.
The teachers have prepared me effectively for the IGCSEprogramme. The point is though, that you have to work hard and study and the school helps us with this. The programme is tough and challenging and relies on us taking part in all aspects of it. The choice of subjects is good and prepares us for the IB Diploma Programme and future studies. Teachers check up on our progress regularly and always help us to keep grades on track. I have been at RIS since Nursery and have enjoyed my time here. It is a school where I want to go every morning.
What distinguishes the IB programme from other educational secondary programmes is its international reach and the way in which it connects people from different cultural backgrounds. As IB students, we are encouraged to think critically about global issues and to develop an open and international mind-set that goes beyond the classroom. Learners have the possibility to choose from six or seven subjects from different areas; this means that they can study subjects related to their future goals as well as other subjects that spark their interest. This programme cultivates principled and risktaking skills. For example, the Creativity, Activity, and Service hours required during this programme of study gives students the opportunity to go beyond their comfort zone, allowing them to discover new passions and understand the importance of a caring, healthy and balanced life. I chose the IB because it is a worldrenowned programme, which challenges and motivates students to pursue their interests, to meet academic expectations, prepares them for university and gives them lifelong learning experiences. The IB Diploma is also acclaimed for its versatility thanks to the equivalence to the Italian Maturità Linguistica, Scienze Umane and Scientifica and is recognised in over 140 different countries. The IB has made me a true global citizen.