The International School of Florence is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12. The school was founded in 1952. The 2019-2020 school year comprises 3 trimesters, extending from September 5, 2019 with each reporting period lasting approximately twelve weeks, and concluding on June 17, 2020.
Organization: The school is incorporated in the United States as American Schools Abroad Inc., a nonprofit educational organization. The school is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors.
Curriculum: The program is based on an international curriculum with consideration for students entering from or leaving for other educational systems. In addition to the international curriculum, in the junior and upper schools, students can enroll in a program that prepares students for the Italian national exams which take place at the end of grades 5 and 8. The high school includes grades 9 through 12. The curriculum stresses preparation for university entrance and meets all requirements for entrance to U.S. 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 Council of International Schools and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 84 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, total enrollment was 515 (early years 1–grade 12). The student body is comprised of a total of 37 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 Italian gardens, olive orchards, and vineyards. It is a 20-minute drive from the center of Florence. Facilities include classrooms for students in early years 1-grade 5, a library, an art studio, a music room, an ICT laboratory, 2 lunchrooms, and a PE field. The upper school campus is housed in Villa Torri di Gattaia, a Tuscan villa located in the heart of Florence, off the viale Michelangelo. The property includes a formal Italian garden and green space for outdoor activities, 28 classrooms, a library, an art center, a computer laboratory, 3 science laboratories, a music/theater area, and a new “ISF Café.”
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, the school’s income derives almost completely from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: early years 1 & 2 – standard fees: €12,350, corporate fees: €14,500; foundation-grade 5 – standard fees: €16,200, corporate fees: €18,750; grades 6-8 – standard fees: €18,200, corporate fees: €21,000; grades 9-10-standard fees: €19,300, corporate fees €22,200; and grades 11-12 – standard fees: €22,200, corporate fees €25,750. The school also charges a one-time new student entrance fee of €5,000, an application fee of €300 and an annual reenrollment fee of €300. A monthly transportation fee of approximately €270 and a catered lunch service of approximately €7 per meal. (All fees are quoted in euros).
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.