Welcome from the Principal
The International School of Siena opened in 2010 and has developed and grown considerably during the subsequent years. We are an IB World School fully authorised for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). Next academic year, following an Authorisation visit in Spring 2019, we expect to embark upon our first year of IB Diploma programme, which incorporates the pre-university qualification for 16 – 18 year olds.
Learning at IS Siena is exciting and engaging, as students strive for excellence in a climate that is caring and responsive to individual needs and goals. Our global vision is coordinated by an outstanding team of educational leaders and implemented by our highly skilled and dedicated professional staff.
We have recently relocated to our stunning new school building where we enjoy a spacious, light, modern teaching spaces with a spacious indoor gym, Drama/Dance studio, 2 Libraries, Music and Art rooms and Science laboratories fitted out to the highest standards. Our Early Years spaces are specially designed to complement the Reggio Inspired teaching approach.
Learning at the International School of Siena is an international experience with students from around 25 nationalities. It leads to a perception of the world that merges understanding of our global context with the development of skills and attitudes that young people require to participate fully in the world of tomorrow, both as national and global citizens.
At the same time, we deeply appreciate the diversity of Mother tongue languages of our school community and aim to celebrate our diversity as well as supporting each student to appreciate our host country of Italy and become full bilingual in English and Italian. We are so fortunate to be located in a beautiful area of Tuscany where we have access to a variety of cultural and educational resources in our local area which we strive to incorporate into the experience of the students, making connections between the classroom and the real world.
We also prepare our Italian students to sit their Quinta Elementare and Terza Media examinations with us and they consistently achieve excellent results. Furthermore, our culminating programme, the IB Diploma, will be recognized at universities globally as well as having legal equivalence to the Maturita.
We are a welcoming school community in which parents, students and staff work together to provide a stimulating programme, which engages each child in an inquiry based environment. Our students are committed and involved in the life of the school as they enjoy a great sense of community, high standards of teaching and learning as well as the support of our well-informed parent body and excellent teachers. This is a winning combination which makes our school so special.