Capturing 60 years of tradition in Florence, the International School of Florence (ISF) is one of the oldest international schools in Europe. ISF is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PS-12, with innovative academic programs, the arts, athletics and a community that celebrates the dignity and worth of each individual. The school, with a current enrollment of approximately 440 students on two campuses, is comprised of families from over thirty countries, including about 40% of Italian Citizens. Paul Burk-Mahony and Horace Gibson co-founded in Rome, in 1952. Eleven years later, the school transferred to a farmhouse on Via del Guarlone just outside of Florence. In 1968, the school moved again to Torre Bellosguardo and remained there until 1980 when it transferred to the present Junior School lacation at Via del Carota in Bagno a Ripoli. The 15th century villa was purchased through the generosity of Julie Jenkins Fancelli and the Gucci family. Mr. Gibson retired, in 1983, after 31 years with ISF. The IB Programme was introducedfor the first time in 1983. 20 years later, in 2003, the school was renamed the International School of Florence. Emerging student growth, and consequent space restrictions, caused The Board to create a Middle and Upper Schools at Villa Torri di Gattaia, a 13th century villa immersed in the countryside just outside of Florence. These facilities incorporate classroom space, science labs, a library, art studio, computer labs.
In the 60 intervening years, it has grown and changed dramatically, developing into a model international school with programs offered such as the International Baccalaureate Organization's Primary Years Program (grades Pre-K through 5), an integrated Italian equivalency program (grades 1 through 8) for our host country students who wish to prepare for and take the Italian Terza Media exam, and the challenging International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for high schools students. The IB Diploma Program is recognized for admission to universities in Italy and around the world. With ful accreditation both by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.