International schools in Milan

A comprehensive guide to the most important international schools in Milan 

When you move with children to a new country, once you have found a home, the very next headache is: where shall I send my kids to school? The same riddle is faced by foreign residents in Milan with a new member of the family on the way, and knowing they will not be in Milan forever – sooner or later the child will need to go to a school in another country

Fortunately, Milan has a long tradition of expats – remember that leading football club AS Milan was founded by two British expats in 1899 as The Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club! And not only sports: Milan has a long history of schools for foreign residents, helping students “plug in” to the Italian educational system, or following British, American, French, German, Swiss or other curricula.

Here is a list of some of the best international schools in Milan, at least one of which is sure to meet your criteria.

The American School of Milan (ASM)

The American School of Milan (ASM) claims to be the only school in Milan offering both the US High School diploma and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Well over half of the student body is international, coming from 50 countries around the world. Average IB scores for 2017 were 36, with just two students scoring a perfect 45. School facilities include seven science labs, two full-size gymnasia, a library with some 27,000 titles, integrated classroom technology and extensive outdoor sport facilities.

American School of Milan
Via Karl Marx, 14
20090 Noverasco di Opera MI
www.asmilan.org


Bloom International College

Bloom International College offers development programme for 3- to 4-year-olds, a primary school with grades 1 to 6, and a secondary school for grades 7 to 9. The high school covers grades 10 to 13. The college follows the Cambridge International Program throughout. Bloom college believes in consultation and partnership between the school, the student and the parents in order to identify and cater for the student’s individual style of learning.

Bloom International College
Via Paolo Bassi 3
20159 Milano MI
www.bloominternational.org


The British School of Milan Sir James Henderson 



The British School of Milan was founded in 1969  to serve the English-speaking expatriate community in Milan from nursery to university. One of the very first British international schools in Italy, the BSM now welcomes pupils from the age of 3 to 18 of 40 different nationalities. UK-trained teaching staff use a progressive teaching style. All sixth-formers sit the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam with the aim of achieving acceptance into top universities in the UK and elsewhere. The school combines a rigorous curriculum with first class pastoral care, and a community involving students, staff, families and alumni.

The British School of Milan
Sir James Henderson
Via Carlo Alberto Pisani Dossi 16
20134 Milano MI
www.britishschoolmilan.com


International School of Milan 

Founded in 1958, the International School of Milan is the oldest international school in the city. Its staff of 130 teachers instruct almost one thousand pupils of 68 different nationalities. The IS Milan campus in Baranzate, inaugurated in 2013, offers Pre-School, Elementary, Middle Years and High School programmes, culminating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam. The campus has three libraries with 40,000 books, scientific and IT labs, theatre and auditorium, art and music workshops, gym, swimming pool, outdoor sport areas and a canteen with on-site chef. The IS boasts a school bus service covering the whole of Milan, including a door-to-door option.

International School of Milan
Via I Maggio, 20
20021 Baranzate MI
 http://internationalschoolsgroup.it/school/milan/


L.A.A.S. Lonati Anglo American School 

LAAS is a private institution catering to both Italian and foreign students aged 3 to 14 in the Brescia area. It offers a Primary Years programme comprising kindergarten to Grade 6, followed by legally recognised Early Years and Elementary School programmes. The Middle School prepares students for the Italian state exam Primo Esame di Stato (formerly Esame terza media). More senior students sit for both the Cambridge Preliminary (PET) and Instituto Cervantes Spanish-language examinations. School facilities include open plan, soundproofed classrooms around a central agora, robotics and science labs, an American-style gymnasium, two-storey library, winter garden and infirmary.

L.A.A.S. Lonati Anglo-American School
Via Giovanni Bormioli 60
25135 Brescia BS
www.laaslonati.org


 The Bilingual School of Monza/Play English

The Bilingual School in Monza celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. It is a certified IB (International Baccalaureate) school and a member of the European Council of International Schools. Students aged 3 to 14 are taught not to abandon their first language, as many families do when settling in a new environment, and which the school principals believe is a mistake and a loss, but to keep it alongside new languages as a valuable resource for integration in society. Local-based and international pupils are taught in the dual language immersion model.

The Bilingual School of Monza/Play English
Via Confalonieri 18
20900 Monza MB

www.playenglish.it


International School of Como

Since 2002, IS Como accepts pupils aged 3 to 18 to follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes. Teaching is in English. The 9,000 sqm campus uses integrated informatics, and all pupils receive an iPad to connect with this system. The science department has physics, biology and chemistry labs. The school also offers sport, music and arts programmes. The school canteen as an in-house chef and is equipped to respect cultural preferences, allergies or dietary restrictions. The school offers a rich range of after-school sports and other activities.

International School of Como
Via Adda 25
22073 Fino Mornasco CO

internationalschoolsgroup.it/school/como/


Montessori Bilingual School of Milan

Pupils receive a bilingual education following the precepts of the philosophy of education pioneered by Maria Montessori. The preschool accepts pupils aged from 3 to 6, and the primary school from 5/6 to 10/11 years. In the preschool, education includes allowing the children to learn how to perform “adult” activities on their own. In the primary school, pupils’ attention is turned away from the self-absorption of early years and turned towards the world around them; expert educators encourage and support this. Outdoor activity includes care of a vegetable garden. A range of after-school activities includes piano, violin, karate, circus arts, juggling and coding. The school also offers a summer camp.

Montessori Bilingual School of Milan
Via Palmieri 72
20141 Milano MI

www.montessoribilingue.com


Canadian School of Milan

The school accepts nursery and kindergarten pupils from age 3. In the lower school and upper school, educators are mostly Canadian mother-tongue trained and certified teachers, following the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. The CSM encourages students to develop participation in decision-making and community life, both within and beyond the school, by community service projects, development of leadership skills, and membership of “tribes” or “houses” to promote a spirit of fun competition. The school cafeteria has in-house staff offering lunches prepared from fresh food purchased locally, and with respect for pupils’ health issues and religious preferences.

Canadian School of Milan

Via M. Gioia 42
20124 Milano MI

www.canadianschool.it

 


St. Louis School

The St Louis school with a history of over 20 years, has three campus locations in the centre of Milan: Via Pantano, Via Colonna and Via Caviglia. The school today hosts well over 1,200 pupils from around 50 different nationalities, aged from 2 to 18 years. The Cambridge IGCSE curriculum is offered in all campuses, and in addition the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in two of them. The average score for SLS pupils in the IB exams in 2017 was 37, with scores of 38 or more by 45 per cent of students, and the bilingual diploma awarded to 67 per cent. The Cambridge IGCSE entries in 2017 saw 57 students take exams in 486 subjects, with 49 per cent scoring A or A* and 84 per cent scoring from A* to C. The Via Colonna campus also offers boarding facilities.

St Louis High School Via Pantano
Via Pantano 13
20122 Milan MI

stlouisschool.com

 


Schweizer Schule Mailand 

The Swiss School in Milan, founded a century ago, offers bilingual studies in German and Italian at the meeting point of Swiss and Italian culture. The school has a liberal approach to an open learning culture in its infant, primary and secondary schools. Facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium, chemistry, physics and biology labs, artistic and manual activity workshops, and IT labs for both software and hardware, and a library. Outdoor facilities include a gardening area for flowers and vegetables and a sports area including volleyball, basketball and 5-a-side soccer fields, with table-tennis and games for the younger pupils. The refectory can also be used as an auditorium. There is a second campus in Cadorago in Como province.

Schweizer Schule Mailand

Via Appiani 21
20121 Milano MI

scuolasvizzera.it

 


Bilingual European School

Founded in 1999, BES offers a bilingual curriculum geared to preparing students for further education in international schools in Italy or in Italia schools in other countries. Pupils aged from 6 to 14 enjoy the integration of the Italian official curriculum (officially recognised by the Italian government) and the Primary Years Programme of the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation). There is also a full-emersion, English only option for 2- to 6-year-olds. Interested parents can contact the Admissions Manager via the school website to arrange a tour of the facilities and explanation of programme, activities and fee schedules.

Bilingual European School

Via Val Cismon 9
20162 Milano MI

www.beschool.eu


St. Joseph International College

SJIC currently hosts more than 250 pupils aged from 3 to 18 years in classes from lower kindergarten to upper secondary school. Teaching follows the Cambridge International Primary, Secondary 1 and IGCSE, the British National and the Sri Lankan National curricula. The Cambridge IGCSE programme comprises a science stream, a commerce stream and a humanities stream. Students can sit the Sri Lankan Ordinary Level exams in English, mathematics, science, ICT, history, Sinhalese language, business studies and accounting.

St. Joseph's International College
Via Giuseppe Giacosa 3
20127 Milan MI

www.stjosephinternational.com

 


Lycée Stendhal

 

The Lycée was founded in 1959; it campus was totally rebuilt and re-opened to students in 2006. It currently hosts some 1,100 pupils of over 25 different nationalities. Secondary school teaching at the Stendhal comprises four years of college and three of lycée, following only non-specialised curricula, without offering SEGPA, professional or technological streams. Schooling leads pupils to three streams of baccalauréat: scientific, economy and social, and literary. The school offers a range of obligatory and facultative options included in the official French school programmes. Students wishing to follow subjects not offered by the Stendhal will be assisted in studying via the Centre National d'Enseignement à Distance (national distance-learning centre) CNED.

Lycée Stendhal
Via Laveno 12
2018 Milano MI

www.lsmi.it


Deutsche Schule Mailand

The DSM sees the teaching of the German language as a central element of its curriculum for infant, primary and secondary school levels, while promoting the meeting of students from German and Italian cultural backgrounds. This concept gives students the possibility of developing their own language and culture, while simultaneously acquiring the other language and culture respectively. The meeting of the two cultures under equal conditions helps the students break down bias and prejudice and develop an intercultural view of the world and an appreciation of diversity. The aim is to empower them to play an important role in the development of Europe, and to take on responsibilities in their home country, in Europe and in the world. The DSM also offers German language courses for parents.

Deutsche Schule Mailand 
Via Legnano 24
20121 Milano MI

www.dsmailand.it


Andersen International School 

Andersen offers the English National Curriculum as well as the official Italian school programme. More than 500 pupils of over 20 different nationalities, ranging from 18-month-old infants up to students of middle school level, are coached exclusively by English language teachers and assistants. The school aims to promote pupils’ individuality by means of manual and creative activities. The school provides a wide range of extracurricular activities, including music, football, dance, art, drama, homework collaboration clubs and a News Time group helping students to understand what is happening in the world. Pupils also compile and write a newspaper covering events at the school. AIS is a member of the Council of British International Schools.

Andersen International School

Via Don Carlo S. Martino 8
20133 Milano MI

www.andersenschool.it


International School of Monza 

The IBS in Monza coaches some 260 students from 3 to 19 years and of about 30 nationalities in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The school has four distinct streams: Early Years, Primary Years, Middle Years and High School. Classrooms are fully equipped with flat screens, Apple TVs and Wi-Fi. The school facilities include science labs and studios for music, drama, visual arts and design, three libraries and a sports complex. The refectory provides hot, two-course meals prepared on site from fresh material. A range of over 30 extra-curricular subjects for study before or after classes or during the lunch-break comprises global citizenship, sports, arts, languages and science courses. The IBS also organises frequent residential and non-residential study trips.

International School of Monza
Via Solferino 23
20900 Monza MB

internationalschoolsgroup.it/school/monza   

 


ICS International School in Milan 

The ICS accepts pupils from age 6 months to 18 years in a structure of nursery, kindergarten, primary and secondary education. The Middle School curriculum includes – for native speakers of Italian – preparation for the state exams, for which it is officially recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education. Maths, science and English teaching follow the University of Cambridge International Examinations curriculum. ICS also prepares students to take the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma exam, recognised in 90 counties as qualification for admission to universities. The school also offers Italian language classes for pupils with other mother-tongues.

ICS International School in Milan
Via Pietrasanta 14
20141 Milano MI

www.icsmilan.com