High School / IB Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme is an exacting programme of pre-university studies, designed for students aged 16 to 19. The International School of Monza has been authorised to offer the Diploma Programme since March 2017, drawing considerably on the experience of our sister school in Milan, which has offered the programme since 1987. The IB Diploma Programme candidacy phase started in 2016, the IB authorisation visit is expected in the Spring 2018.

It is an extensive programme lasting two years (Grades 12 and 13) which encourages students to be well-informed and inquiring, but also to show generosity and solidarity. Particular emphasis is given to helping students develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and the necessary attitudes to respect and value the world from different points of view.

To read more about our High School & IB Diploma Years, please click here.


The course is built around 6 academic areas that enclose a central core. It encourages simultaneous study of a wide choice of scholastic subjects. Students study:

Two (or three) modern languages, including their mother-tongue and English; History or Economics; One (or two) experimental science(s)

This wide choice of subjects and themes means that the Diploma Programme is an exacting course of studies, but one that is well designed to prepare students effectively for university entrance. At both levels, various skills are developed, especially those of critical thought and analysis.

At the end of the course, students’ abilities are evaluated by means of external assessment tools. Many subjects also involve tasks that are assessed by the teachers. The vast range of subjects makes the Diploma Programme a highly exacting course of studies, conceived to prepare students thoroughly for university entry. Pupils are able to make their choices flexibly, in the context of the thematic areas: this means they can decide which subjects to study more deeply with a view to future university attendance.



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