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Parent's Review of International School of Florence in
What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
International School of Florence
In what town or city is this school located?
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
What grade levels are represented at this school?
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
There is an option of school bus, city bus, or driving your children to school. The elementary school is pretty far from the city center and children sometimes have a very long commute (45 min+).
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The elementary school is in a 500 yr old villa. It has been converted into a school. Classrooms are very small rooms. There is a large lunchroom, a small assembly room, playgrounds (PreK-KG and all grades), PE field, and a large garden. There is also an open middle courtyard in the building. There are several ECs offered every semester for all grade levels.
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?
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
There is a PTA. The PTA hosts several fund raising events and is very active in the school.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
Ask whether your classroom teacher is certified and ask for proof. Some teachers are tenured and placed throughout the school teaching in areas they aren't actually qualified for.
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