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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Iain Sachdev


Welcome to this small window into our very special school, the International School of Monza. Whilst the school has a thirty-year-long year history and has close ties with its sister schools around Italy, there a fresh and unique feel to everything we do.

At ISMonza, a full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum school authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), we endeavour to deliver the International Baccalaureate programmes in the purist of forms, with the school’s core values and the IB’s Learner Profile embodied in everything that we do. Both the school and the group to which it belongs, have an established record of success in the IB, from age 3 all the way through to admission to the world’s leading universities at age 18.

Perhaps most of note is the sense of collaboration that exists amongst all members of the school community. This is most evident in the way in which our highly qualified mother-tongue teachers and inquisitive students work towards a common goal of academic success which is seamlessly balanced with an inherent commitment to active global citizenship at every level. Although all classrooms are fitted with smart TVs and students bring tablets or laptops to school, we use technology in a blended approach where we feel it adds value to teaching and learning and not merely to replace traditional methods (yes, we do use books and, yes, we do talk to one another). We also prepare our Italian students to sit their Quinta Elementare and Terza Media examinations with us and, year on year, they achieve truly exceptional results. Furthermore, our culminating programme, the IB Diploma, has legal equivalence to the Maturita’.

All this takes place in our city-centre campus – a stylish and colourful factory conversion – which has been specifically designed to foster collaborative approaches to teaching and learning. Our science laboratories are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and we also boast carefully designed on-site spaces which support the delivery of our Reggio-Inspired Early Years Curriculum, three beautiful libraries, as well as studios for visual arts, drama and music, supported by a large sports complex just a three minute walk away. That said, living in such a culturally rich part of the world, we take many opportunities to knock down our classroom walls and learn from opportunities in the local and not-so-local area.

I hope our small window to the world gives you a taste of what we believe is a very special educational offering at ISMonza and I look forward to personally welcoming you through the door to witness it for yourselves.

– Iain Sachdev, Principal International school of Monza

WHO WE ARE


In the heart of the city of Monza, the doors of the International School of Monza open every day to 260 students of around 30 nationalities. A perfect structure for collaborative inquiry-driven study, an environment that will help them to grow to become active citizens of “a world without frontiers”.

“As a fully authorised IB continuum world school, we endeavour to implement the IB programmes exactly as they were intended, with education being driven by an inquiry-based and collaborative approach, giving our students a competitive advantage for their futures.”

OUR students are enthusastic about their learning, which they themselves own.

IS Monza is fully authorised by the IB to offer the following programmes:

  • Primary Years Programme (PYP), KG - Grade 6, ages 3-11
  • Middle Years Programme (MYP), Grades 7-11, ages 11-16
  • Diploma Programme (DP), Grades 12-13, ages 16-18

Our vibrant and colourful campus embodies the lively international atmosphere and characteristics of the International Schools Group in Italy. It is strategically located in the centre of Monza, close to the train station.

Our students have the use of:

• Three science and IT laboratories; • A sports centre; • Studios for art, drama and music; • Three libraries and a learning centre; • Collaborative learning spaces beyond the classroom walls; • An on-site kitchen; • A Reggio-Inspired atelier space and playground.

LEARNING AT IS MONZA


An International Baccalaureate (IB) education provides opportunities to develop both disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding that meet rigorous standards set by institutions of higher learning around the world. IB programmes offer curriculum frameworks and courses that are broad and balanced, conceptual and connected. All IS Group schools have an excellent track record in using group dynamics, innovative teaching techniques and tools that are updated continuously.

EARLY YEARS & PRIMARY

MIDDLE

HIGH SCHOOL & IB DIPLOMA

EARLY YEARS & PRIMARY


Our PYP section is decided into two distinct sections (Early Years for 3 to 5 year olds and Primary School for 6 to 11 year olds), although we ensure a smooth transition from one to the next.

Students aged 3 to 11 learn through the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate. This offers a rich, challenging and stimulating curriculum designed to generate an enthusiasm for learning and value it as a life-long process.

Thanks to a very stable and committed faculty, fully trained and experienced in the PYP, we endeavour to ensure the development of a strong foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding while meeting the needs of the individual child. The PYP is founded on the belief that all children are naturally curious and disposed to learning. They are creative, imaginative, energetic and resourceful.

The focus of the curriculum aims to capitalise on these natural dispositions by providing meaningful, authentic transdisciplinary learning experiences in which children can become absorbed, committed and successful.

To complement the above our Early Years section also takes inspiration from the Reggio approach which puts places an important emphasis on the environment as a tool for learning. As such, our Early Years classrooms, dedicated atelier space an playground encourage students to form a strong sense of community in an environment that encourages creativity and thought.

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MIDDLE


Students aged 11 to 16 follow the IB Middle Years Programme which offers an educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects. While studying disciplines form eight subject groups, the MYP accentuates their inter-relatedness and so advances a holistic view of knowledge.

Students are encouraged to develop intercultural awareness along with genuine understanding of their own history and traditions. Language has an important role in developing international mindedness and as a result our students become truly bi- or even tri-lingual, studying English, Italian and Spanish or Mandarin Chinese.

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HIGH SCHOOL & IB DIPLOMA


There are two distinct phases of High School, each lasting two years.

In Grades 10 to 11, students work towards completion of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years programme (MYP). There is a combination of compulsory and optional subjects, and assessment is an on-going and essential feature of every course. At the end of Grade 11, students receive a MYP credits for all courses taken over the two years.

In Grades 12 and 13, our students take the IB Diploma Programme which is recognised by universities all over the world. The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate.

There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.

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LIFE AT IS MONZA


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