Italian is the second language of the school: from Early childhood onwards, Italian is part of the curriculum. From Elementary school onwards, Italian students take Italian A, a course for native speakers which follows the requirements of the Italian school system. International students take Italian B as a language acquisition course. Starting in middle school, all students take a third language choosing among Spanish, French, German and Mandarin.
ISG offers education from Reception (age 2) through grade 12 (age 18). Below you will find a table comparing some school systems:
We have over 40 nationalities represented at ISG. Approximately 35% are International and 65% Italians. The majority of local students start attending ISG in the early years and continue their studies until high school.
The majority of the ISG families live between the suburbs named Nervi, Quinto, Quarto, Sturla and Albaro. There are also several families who live further on the east coast (up to Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure on the east coast and Cogoleto and Arenzano on the west coast. An external company named Cairocar offers the school bus service and covers the area between Arenzano and Santa Margherita.
The map indicates the areas where the majority of ISG families live
School meets Monday through Friday, from 8:15 to 15:40:
- Students in Early childhood (Ages 2-5) start by 8:30 am. The school day ends at 3:20 pm.
- Elementary, Middle School and High school starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:40.
Students may arrive as early as 8:00 in the morning. The After School Program runs from 15:45 to 16:45. The After school Child care club offered to students ages 2 to 7 runs from 15:45 to 17:20.
There is no school uniform, but students are required to dress appropriately and respectfully at school. Additionally, students from Reception to Grade 10 are required to wear an ISG t-shirt for Physical Education lessons.
The school hired a catering company that is responsible for preparing daily hot meals using the internal kitchen. All students have lunch in school and the cost is included in the tuition.
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Yes, ISG offers several clubs that run once a week from 15:45 to 16:45. The current after-school activities program, its costs and subscription rules are described in the dedicated section of our website.
Students have access to a variety of activities: sports, thematic clubs, musical productions, Yearbook Club, MUN Club, SAT prep.
Our students come from all over the world and they represent over 40 different nationalities. Approximately 35% are International and 65% Italians. The majority of local students start attending ISG in the early years and continue their studies until high school.
We strongly encourage parent involvement at ISG. Through the Parents Association, parents can volunteer to be on various planning committees, such as for Halloween, Carnival or International Day. The Moms and Dads groups are parent-led groups that offer ways for parents to socialize with each other outside the school. For more information, visit the Parents Association section of our website.
The students’ placement is generally based on the year of birth and the academic background of the child. The cut-off time is December 31st: in general all students born in the year of reference are placed in class together. Factors such as native language development, social and emotional development, previous school progress reports, teacher observation, and parent comments will be used to determine the appropriate grade placement.
Yes, ISG accepts students who are not native or native-like English speakers. The school will conduct an assessment for students entering Elementary, Middle School and High School, to determine the level of written and spoken English. Based on the results and the age of the child, the school will schedule the required language support during school hours.
There are specific requirements for entering high school: Level B1/B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) for Grade 9, and Level C1/C2, (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) for Grade 10 and 11.
Students with English levels below this may still be admitted to ISG, but will be expected to undertake at an additional cost, an intensive English language course in order to reach the required level of language proficiency.
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ISG has a Learning support team. Our Learning Support Program is designed for students who have certified learning difficulties, whether mild, moderate or severe. Classroom teachers are sensitive to the needs of individual students and work closely with Learning Support Specialists to monitor students’ progress.
The Learning Support program includes in-class interventions, co-teaching and outside the classroom individual or small group instruction based on student needs, up to a maximum of 3 support periods per week.