How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
What grade levels are represented at this school?
Pre K through 12
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
Bus and car
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Good extra-curricular activities run by the teachers. They choose - so it changes every year, but some have been cooking, soccer, piano and tennis.
What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?
A very friendly school welcoming to people from all over. The negative is that they have no English requirement and your English-speaking child (mostly in the elementary section) could be in a class with only a few other English-speaking children. This clearly brings the level of academics down as the teachers are focused on bringing the others children's English up to standard.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
Very good, almost too good. They have a mandatory participation policy, which can be tiresome to some.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
Check all the other schools in Milan first so that you are making the right choice! They have a multi-age program (4/5 through 7 and 8 through 11), which is usually the cause of much debate! The academics are not strong so if your child is very able consider the other schools. But, if you are living only temporarily in Italy (a year or so), this is not a bad choice for it's friendly and welcoming attitude.
The Italian program for foreigners is weak and you must accept that you will be doing lots of home study if you want to keep your children up to the standard of an International School or good US school.