Milan Education

What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
The majority of expats choose private international schools for their children. This is because most parents want their children to continue in their home country's curriculum instead of adopting the Italian one.
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What are some examples of these schools?
The following are some typical schools where expats enroll their children:
Sir James Henderson School - British curriculum school in northeastern Milan

  • International School of Milan - British and American curriculum school to the west of Milan
  • The American School of Milan - American curriculum school in the southern suburbs of Milan
  • Lycee Stendhal de Milan - French curriculum school in western Milan

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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
It depends on the school grade and on the area of the city. According to the new Italian schooling system, parents have to pre-enroll their children in public school very early, especially for pre-school and elementary school. Early enrolment is also recommended for private international schools, where possible.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Italian pre-schools are usually fully booked. In some areas, there are private international pre-schools conducted in English or in both languages, with English spoken in the morning and Italian spoken in the afternoon. This offers a good way for expat children to learn Italian.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most schools offer a bus service. If you live beyond the bus route, however, you will have to drive your children to school.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
Schools start in mid-September and end in mid-June.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Some schools specify a number of vaccinations required before enrolment; proof of valid vaccinations must be presented at the time of enrolment.
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