The International School of Florence is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12. The School was founded in 1952. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from September 5 to December 17 and from January 9 to June 21.
Organization: The School is incorporated in the United States as American Schools Abroad Inc., a non-profit educational organization. The School is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors.
Curriculum: The program is based on an international curriculum with consideration for transient students entering from or leaving for other educational systems. In addition to the international curriculum, in Junior and Middle Schools, students can enroll in a program which prepares students for the Italian National exams which take place at the end of grade 8. The High School includes grades 9 through 12. The curriculum stresses preparation for university entrance and meets all requirements for entrance to American universities. The IB Diploma program is offered to the highly motivated student. Students are given counseling in planning for university entrance. The School is accredited by the European Council of International Schools and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 65 full-time and 13 part time faculty members.
Enrollment: In the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, total enrollment was 430 (PK–grade 12) and the student body was comprised of a total of 30 nationalities.
Facilities: The Junior School is housed in Villa Tavernule, a Renaissance villa in the Tuscan countryside. The property includes 3 large play areas, formal gardens, olive orchards, and vineyards. It is a twenty-minute drive from the center of Florence. Transportation can be arranged. Facilities include a library, an art studio, a music room, a Macintosh computer laboratory, and a lunchroom. The Middle and Upper School campus is housed in Villa Torri di Gattaia, a Tuscan villa located in the heart of Florence off of the Viale Michelangelo. The property includes a formal Italian garden and green space for outdoor activities, a library, an Art Center, a computer laboratory, three science laboratories, a music/theatre area, and a lunchroom.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives almost completely from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: €9,650; Kdg.-grade 5: €12,900; grades 6-8: €14,450; grades 9-10: €15,600; and grades 11-12: €18,000. The School also charges a one-time new student registration fee of €1,500, a one-time capital fund fee of €3,500, an annual reenrollment fee of €300, monthly transportation fee of €270, and catered lunch service by semester of €500. (All fees are quoted in Euros).