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Welcome to the International School of Florence. ISF is a diverse and dynamic international school in Florence with over 570 students representing 36 nationalities. We are a community steeped in tradition where relationships matter.

ISF offers a wealth of academic learning opportunities as well as a wide range of extracurricular activities in the performing arts, athletics, clubs, and alongside community organizations. We have over 90 teachers, recruited from around the world for their professional excellence and dedication to student learning. ISF students love coming to school every day. They take learning seriously and live our school's mission by inquiring, reflecting, and choosing to compassionately impact the world throughout their lives. 

ISF will celebrate its 70th anniversary during the 2022-2023 school year and continues its long tradition of academic excellence and service to others. Our school's rich history along with the historic, artistic, finance, and innovative features of Florence inspires us to continue in that tradition, while also pushing us to pursue advances in the field of education. Our current Strategic Plan continues to guide us toward our vision of being a vibrant international learning community that fosters creativity and personal fulfillment. 

As an IBO World School offering the Primary Years, and Diploma Programs, ISF strives to foster creativity and create the conditions for students to follow their passion for learning. Our graduates go on to attend top universities around the world.

As the Head of School, I am honored to be a part of such an outstanding educational institution. Whether you are already a member of our school community, have come to our website as a prospective new student or parent, or just feel curious to learn more about ISF, you are most welcome to spend some time with us. I urge you to contact the school directly or to reach out to any member of our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) for further information.

Here are three reasons you are going to love ISF: 

  1. The minute you come onto campus you feel the energy of the teachers and the engagement of the students. 
  2. Our unique mission prepares students for the future by engaging them in the larger Florence community. 
  3. Our student-centered inquiry-based approach derives from the highly prestigious International Baccalaureate program providing creative and differentiated learning opportunities to ensure all learners achieve personal excellence.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, and we hope to see you soon!

David Ottaviano, Ed.D.
Head of School