The Junior School Program at the International School of Florence develops children’s understanding of the world through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Our program promotes the development of mathematical and language literacy as well as curiosity in the sciences and social studies through relevant and engaging units of inquiry. Technology and library lessons are integrated into their learning. A love for the creative and performing arts, together with physical exercise, is fostered by specialist teachers who work collaboratively with classroom teachers, enabling students to make transdisciplinary connections to their learning across the curriculum. Learning is enhanced throughout the year through integrated activities and trips in our local Florentine environment. Students learning English as an Additional Language are offered support by our English as an Additional Language (EAL) services. Students are encouraged to learn our host country’s language and culture through daily Italian instruction. An integrated Italian equivalency program is offered for our host country students who wish to meet the requirements of the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione.
At the Junior School, students work towards the successful preparation of a 5th Grade Italian exam, preparing Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Italian grammar and writing during their one daily Italian lesson. At the Middle School, students take courses of Italian, History, Geography and Mathematics in Italian, as well as Science in their final year.
ISF aims to be an inclusive learning environment. Students with diagnosed learning needs are supported in their learning by one of our specialists. Students may work in one-on-one settings, small groups or with guided accommodations. The goal of our learning support program is to provide students with the tools and strategies they need to find success in our programs.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The English as an Additional Language program supports young English language learners by supporting their understanding of classroom activities and procedures, as well as their participation in the day to day work of the class. In a pull-out or push-in model, students receive specific instruction in English through the introduction of core vocabulary, development of listening skills, differentiated reading comprehension and a focus on communication.