When children return to school this month, some of them will be attending a new international pre-school (3-5 year olds) and elementary (6-10 year olds) school in Fiesole. This brand-new school is a part of the Canadian School of Florence, which until now has been providing high school education from grades 9 to 12. The school’s junior campus is located in San Domenico, a hamlet of Fiesole, a short car or bus ride from central Florence.
As at the high school, children’s learning will follow the Canadian Ontario curriculum, but the junior school will also be a scuola paritaria, meaning students can also study the Italian programme in Italian for part of the school day.
Head of School Gary O’Meara says, “We’re excited to open our doors to an ever-expanding age range of children this September and we are looking forward to giving them our rounded and experiential education in the beautiful setting of Fiesole. In addition to our fully renovated building, our classrooms will extend outside to the gardens and the nearby historic and cultural sites and museums in Fiesole and Florence.”
In addition to English and Italian, students will also study French. The music program will be in coordination with the renowned Scuola di Musica in Fiesole. From September 2022, students joining in Grade 5 will be able to continue on to the Scuola Media (Grades 6-8), which will be located 100 metres up the street.