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ALUMNI

ISF Alumni Association

The International School of Florence Alumni Association includes every former student of the School, including those who left ISF prior to graduation. Everyone is welcome!

The aim of the ISF Alumni Association is to connect former students with each other and the school, to share memories and stories, offer networking opportunities and continue the sense of school community, no matter where in the work alumni now live or work.

Our objective is to build a community of former students, from every era of ISF, who seek to share their experience at ISF and life after, helping other alumni and current ISF students. Alumni are encouraged to share how ISF has impacted their lives and special memories of their time at school. We also want to learn more about you and all your accomplishments after leaving ISF.

Please get in touch with the team via alumni@isfitaly.org and you are most welcome to visit the school or join us for an event. 

History of ISF (est. 1952)

The School was co-founded by Horace Gibson and Paul Burke-Mahony in Rome in 1952 under the name the Rome Tutoring Service with their first 6 students. In 1953, the “Tutoring Service” thrived, with 23 students and they renamed their little school, the Parioli Day School. As the school grew more International, it was renamed the Parioli International Day School. In 1963, the school moved to Florence and became known as the St. Michael’s Country Day School on a beautiful farm villa on Via del Guarlone. In 1968, the school moved to Villa Torre di Bellosguardo. where it became known as the American International School of Florence and adopted the International Baccalaureate Programme. In 1980, the school moved to Villa Tavernule in Bagno a Ripoli, our current Junior School Campus. Twenty years later, the school was renamed the International School of Florence. In 2003 the Middle and High School moved to our current Upper School campus at Villa Torri di Gattaia. 

Join alumni Today!We want to hear from you! Are you interested in writing an article for our publications? Maybe recording a podcast of life after ISF? Giving a lecture to current students about your profession or hobbies? Attending a networking event with other Alumni in your location?

Please fill in the Alumni Association form to share your contact details so that we can stay in touch and send invitations to reunions and other events.

Alumni SpotlightWe enjoy hearing about our Alumni and sharing stories with the ISF Community. In our segment “Spotlight on Alumni” we post an interview, or a testimonial, from a former student.  

If you are interested in doing a short interview please email us for us at alumni@isfitaly.org 

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIAOne of the best ways to keep connected with other alumni is through social media. Please like our Facebook page and follow @isfalumni on Instagram for ISF Alumni updates. Whether you want to have a laugh at our “Throwback Thursdays” or you want to know when the next reunion will be, our Alumni social media channels are the best place to keep connected. 

The most important things I learned while at ISF are the importance of embracing diversity, to always be open minded and caring for others, seeing no color, no gender, and respecting all.Margherita Innocenti, '13

My best memory from ISF? The smell of the boxwood shrubs in the garden of the Parioli campus and the spaghetti al tonno served occasionally in the mess hall.

Zaidun Jawdat, '62

Although I certainly did not appreciate it at the time, attending an international school gave me a great foundation for living and working in a multicultural community.Dr. Kevin John O'Connor, '63

ISF represents more than just a school. It is the union of all the people, friends and teachers that have shaped my future and who I am today.Niccolò, '19

Beside the powerful exposure to other nationalities, languages and cultures, ISF also offered a nurturing environment that gave me a lot of the quiet confidence I still keep with me today. Elettra, '01

ISF is capable of making every student realize their potential and discover a part of who they are. Lara, '16

ISF taught me the importance of balancing work and social life, which is essential for a successful and healthy life. Maria Sole, '20

SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI

CONTACT THE ALUMNI OFFICE

The Alumni Association is always happy to see you! If you are ever in Florence, please stop by!
We are here for you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or visit us on campus.

+39 055 2001515
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