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Our Guiding Statements





We are a community of adaptable learners who inspire a love of learning that extends beyond the walls of the school. The following principles are the foundations upon which our school is built:


We foster respect for self, others and the environment, which is based on compassion, inclusivity and a celebration of diversity. We embrace the interconnectedness of our world, while maintaining a sense of individual identity.


We develop creative problem solvers who have the capacity to enact positive change, and who feel empowered to take action in their immediate and global environment.

Reaching for Excellence

We nurture the confidence, imagination and resilience that form the pathways to individual success.

Respect, Responsibility and Reaching for Excellence

We invite you to watch the Mission Statement presentation by Mr. David Monk






Learning in an exceptional school takes place in a joyful, safe and caring environment. It is a carefully engineered journey where teachers challenge their students with rich experiences to reach deep understanding using inquiry and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to meet their full potential and develop the skills to be successful in a rapidly changing world. They are led to become self-directed, independent thinkers, capable of teamwork and problem solving in their immediate and global environment.




The International School in Genoa’s Values Pledge derives from our mission statement of Respect, Responsibility and Reaching for Excellence. It is a declaration and a commitment by each member of the community to adhere to these values and to always conduct her/himself in the most honorable way. 

This pledge requires that we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards of personal integrity and commitment, in the same way we hold academic achievement and rigor in the highest regard.  

The graphic below was created by our students to highlight what they believe to be the most important characteristics of an ISG community member. Each member of our community is honor bound to demonstrate the following values, which our students chose as the most important.




As an accredited school, ISGenoa adheres to the CIS Code of Ethics. The purpose of the CIS Code of Ethics (Council of International Schools) is to describe the moral principles upon which CIS members are expected to base their conduct and professional practice.

All CIS members are expected to:

  • Fulfil the promises stated in their guiding statements, policies, contracts, and promotional materials,
  • Strive for excellence,
  • Nurture a culture of care in which the education, safety, and well-being of students and others are paramount,
  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations,
  • Respect the dignity and equality of all individuals, groups, and cultures,
  • Promote global citizenship.




International-mindedness at The International School in Genoa means being part of a community that appreciates, respects and is connected to global cultures and is united in its responsibility for each other while celebrating its diversity.

International-mindedness themes:

  • Community

  • Culture

  • Diversity

  • Respect

  • Union

  • Friendship

  • English 

Connections to the Values Pledge:

  • Open-minded

  • Helpful

  • Kind