Principal

MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL

Mr. Andrew Ackers


I would like to welcome you to the International School of Ticino on behalf of our wonderful team of staff, students and parents. The International School of Ticino is a special and exciting place to be. We are the first and only accredited International Baccalaureate (IB), Primary Years Programme (PYP) School in Ticino, Switzerland, with exciting plans for growth and development as an IB school.

WHO WE ARE

Here at the International School of Ticino we place the student at the centre of all we do to facilitate them to become lifelong learners. We achieve this through our school culture, which is rooted in the IB Mission statement, which states:

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The school opened as a kindergarten in 2014, as a feeder school to the International School Como in Italy, which had been in operation since 2002. The school was established to offer the local and international residents of Ticino an IB education. As of 2017 the International school of Ticino joined the education group Inspired, who educate over 4500 students in 150 schools worldwide.

This grounding and combination with a leading education group has laid the foundations for the special community of learning which we see today. The school now accommodates students from Kindergarten, 3 years old, to Grade 5. We accommodate them in a facilitated student centred learning environment, where we equip the child to develop in the international sector or in line with Ticino requirements.

new campus

From January 2019 the school will enter the most exciting phase of its development with the opening of a new purpose designed campus, 10 minutes from our current campus. The design and build of the new campus has drawn upon our foundations, the IB mission and the vision of the school; Shaping our Future Together.

The opening of our new campus will enable the International school of Ticino to open middle and high schools, and we will become a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). This will enable your child to study at our school from the age of 3-18 in the coming years.

The international School of Ticino is a special and exciting place to be and we look forward to welcoming you to our community for a school visit, trail day and enrolment.

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LEARNING AT IS TICINO


IS Ticino aspires to create a community where learning is the central driving factor of a journey in which our students need to become ethical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, community-minded and individuals of action on the world stage.

EARLY YEARS


IS Ticino is an authorised IB PYP School. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) includes Early Years (aged 3-5) and Elementary (aged 5-11).  Children aged 2 are welcome and are encouraged to join our Pre-Kindergarten class as this is an important introduction and building block to the PYP.

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PRIMARY YEARS


IS Ticino is an authorised IB PYP School. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) includes Early Years (aged 3-5) and Elementary (aged 5-11).  Children aged 2 are welcome and are encouraged to join our Pre-Kindergarten class as this is an important introduction and building block to the PYP.

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MIDDLE YEARS


IS Ticino Middle School offers an IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) which is the next step in the IB continuum of international education.  We  currently cover  ages 11-16/MYP 1-4. IS Ticino has recently completed the MYP arriving to MYP 5 and will therefore offer the last two years of the internationally recognised IB Diploma Programme (IB DP).

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LIFE AT IS TICINO


TRANSPORT

We currently do not offer a bus service.


FACILITIES

We occupy 9 000 beautiful square meters with a projected expansion in 2018. Our facilities represent the latest in high technology and state of the art equipment. All students at the elementary level receive an iPad as an integrated educational resource. Secondary school students receive laptops with internet access for their studies. All classrooms are equiped with interactive white boards. The Science Department is fully equiped for physics, biology, and chemistry. Sports, Art, and Music programmes are fully developed, using high quality and latest technology.

 


UNIFORM

The IST Uniform is mandatory for students from Pre-Kinder to MYP 3. The uniform collection is made up of mandatory and optional items, all of which can be ordered from IST’s official supplier: Unique Uniforms. Parents can order items from www.uniqueuniforms.ch – after having registered and logged in onto the website.

CANTEEN

Lunches are provided by the school at an additional cost to parents. Lunches are prepared in-house by our dedicated chef, with fresh, organic and local products. We provide special lunches for those students who have special dietary needs, food allergies or cultural preferences: we kindly ask our parents to inform us immediately about any of the mentioned needs. Please note that school policy does not allow students to bring food from home. Click to view the menu > Download PDFs


AFTER-CLUBS

Passion and enthusiasm for music, sport and theatre prepare our students to take on the world. 

CALENDAR

Stay updated with all important dates and upcoming events.

Click here for IS Ticino School Calendar > Download PDF


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