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ALUMNI

History (est. 1952)

The International School of Florence Alumni includes every former student of the School, including those who left ISF prior to graduation. The ISF Alumni Association is designed to spark the memories of former students and to continue the sense of school community among its members. Our objective is to build a community of former students who seek to share their experiences at ISF and become part of our Alumni network. Our Alumni are encouraged to share how ISF has impacted their lives and the memories of their time at school. We also want to learn more about you and all your accomplishments after leaving ISF. 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.

Our Alumni Mission Statement

The International School of Florence Alumni includes every former student of the School, including those who left ISF prior to graduation. The ISF Alumni Association is designed to spark the memories of former students and to continue the sense of school community among its members. Our objective is to build a community of former students who seek to share their experiences at ISF and become part of our Alumni network. Our Alumni are encouraged to share how ISF has impacted their lives and the memories of their time at school. We also want to learn more about you and all your accomplishments after leaving ISF. The School was co-founded by Horace Gibson and Paul Burk-Mahony in Rome in 1952 under the name the Rome

Join alumni Today!We want to hear from you, and we want alumni to stay involved! 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? The sky is the limit!

To contact you in the future for reunions and other events, we urge you to fill out the ISF Alumni Association Form. The form will give us the necessary contact information that will be logged into our Alumni archives.

Alumni SpotlightSince our mission is to keep learning about our Alumni, we began a new segment known as “Spotlight on Alumni.” Every Friday, we post an interview or a testimonial of a former student on our Facebook page so that the ISF Alumni community can get to know one another. If you are interested in doing an interview for us please at alumni@isfitaly.org 

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKWe want to keep you informed and connected to your extended ISF Family. In this day and age, Facebook is the most useful source of social media. For this reason, we invite you to like our Facebook page for everyday posts and 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 Facebook Page will be the best place for you to find this.

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

SAVE THE DATE - 70 YEARS OF ISF!

Since ISF opened in 1952, we have spent 7 decades educating children from all over the world. We will be planning a variety of events for our Alumni and Community. Sign ups will be available soon.Mark you calendars for a 2022 Alumni Reunion with graduates spanning all 70 years! If you would like to get involved or assist in the planning of the alumni events, please contact the Alumni Office. 

@isf.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