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Curriculum

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ICS Milan offers a stimulating learning journey which is defined by a rich and well-structured curriculum that integrates the following frameworks: 

EARLY YEARS

  • The British Early Years Foundation Stage, a play-based framework, featuring the learning and  development goals for young children from birth to five years.

PRIMARY SCHOOL

  • The Cambridge Primary Programme, covering English and maths. 
    Primary School curriculum
  • The IPC - International Primary Curriculum, covering the topic-based subjects (science, social studies, geography, history, art and international mindedness).
  • National recommendations for the curriculum as established by the Italian Ministry of Education for the Italian language and culture programme. In the 2016/17 academic year, ICS Milan was granted officially recognised school status (parità).
     

SECONDARY SCHOOL

ICS Secondary School has been designed to offer the IB Programme of the International Baccalaureate:

  • Middle Years Programme* for students from 11 to 16 years old.
  • IB Diploma programme 17-18 years old.

*ICS Milan is a Candidate School** for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that ICS Milan believes is important for our students.

**Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

 
ICS Milan International System

 

At the end of Year 9, students may continue their learning journey in the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate and work towards the IB Diploma Programme which prepares them to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The IB Diploma is equivalent to the Italian maturità but taken one year earlier and allows students to apply to all Italian universities as well as universities in some 90 other countries around the world.

Importantly, students wishing to study for the IB Diploma do not need to have completed the IB Primary Years Programme or IB Middle Years Programme; indeed, we welcome students from a variety of school systems and curricula. Our ICS teaching teams are leaders in delivering the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a comprehensive education programme taught in more than 150 countries across the globe.

ICS students are taught to thrive in a world that is rapidly changing, and they excel in their IB studies, allowing them to accept offers from many universities worldwide, including some of the world’s top universities.

Teenage boy during science lab

 

The learning journey at ICS is focused on STEAM agenda and approach which uses the process of guided creativity typical of the design process to support the development of problem-solving skills and the expression of each student’s individual potential.

Learning at ICS takes place in an English-speaking environment, with native level English-speaking teachers supported by Italian teachers. Our curriculum adheres to the Italian national requirements for kindergarten and the primary years as outlined by the Italian Ministry of Education, specifically for the Italian language, history and culture programme. The curriculum also adheres to high international standards that prepare students for a rapidly changing world thanks to an innovative, comprehensive cross-curricular programme that delivers all the core subjects.