International Schools in Tuscany & Umbria
Beautiful Florence and the wider Tuscan region is home to many international families from all over the world and as such has a plethora of bilingual and even trilingual schools to accommodate children from multilingual backgrounds.
Canadian Island is one of the leading English-speaking pre-schools in Tuscany, offering learning through play that encourages self-expression in music, art, and language while building their social skills, independence, and self confidence.
The Elizabeth English Academy is a warm and friendly primary school in San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, offering a comprehensive primary education with both English and Italian used in the classroom. Also in Pisa, Westminster International School is an IB World School which offers the IB Primary Years Programme for students from 3 to 12 years of age near Lucca and Florence.
Located within a large villa set in beautiful gardens, The Bilingual School of Lucca offers a balanced English and Italian primary education in a peaceful, natural environment for children from 3-11 years of age.
The International School of Florence (ISF) is one of the oldest international schools in Europe, culminating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with the option of undertaking the Italian Licenza Media. With excellent facilities, the school is set across two beautiful campuses, the Villa le Tavernule just outside the city centre and the Villa Torri di Gattaia, near the Piazzale Michelangelo.
The International School of Siena is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with a primary school for children between 3 and 11 years old. The middle school integrates the international curriculum with the Italian Scuola Media Programme for Italian students to prepare for the end-of-year State Italian Exams (this is optional for international students).
Parents seeking a catholic education might opt for the Institute of the Sacred Heart of Florence (or Istituto del Sacro Cuore), is an all-girls from nursery up to the end of high school, or licei. The school has boarding facilities for primary, middle and high school students and girls in their final year study for a state final exam in three key fields (classical, linguistic and scientific).
Lycée Victor Hugo is a French school in Florence for children aged 3 to university stage, offering a trilingual English, French and Italian programme, following the national curriculum of France. Students have the option to choose between the Baccalaureat Francais or l’EsaBac, which incorporates the Italian Esame di Stato and the French Baccalauréat, enabling pupils to acquire both qualifications simultaneously through the same exam.
Below you will find the Mumabroad.com guide to the most highly regarded international schools in Florence and Tuscany, as recommended by families who live in the Italian region.