La Scuola d'Italia accepted to prestigious IB Diploma Programme

May 12, 2018 708

La Scuola d'Italia Guglielmo Marconi's application for the International Baccalaureate Diploma has been approved by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) and is now an authorized IB World School for the Diploma Programme.

"I firmly believe in the importance and benefits of a bilingual education. At La Scuola, we offer a warm, nurturing community as well as rigorous academics and a global mindset. I am proud that La Scuola's Liceo [high school] students will now have the opportunity to pursue the IB Diploma which facilitates geographic and cultural mobility, while promoting international understanding," said Dr. Maria Palandra, La Scuola's Head of School.

La Scuola underwent a rigorous review of both its structural and academic preparedness, including special training workshops for all Upper School Liceo faculty; and an upgrading of its Science Laboratory with the addition of new equipment for both physics and chemistry.

Acceptance into the program at La Scuola is the culmination of a three-year process, an accomplishment made possible by the collaborative participation of the Liceo faculty, parents, students, Board of Trustees and the school's IB Program Coordinator and Liceo math and physics teacher, Dr. Beatrice Paladini, who notes: "I think the IB is a wonderful opportunity for La Scuola! It is in the school's DNA; it is what we are!"

Beginning in September 2018, La Scuola's current 10th graders will be the first class eligible to participate in the program. Participating students will continue to take classes as part of the Liceo's curriculum, with six of those courses also being recognized as IB classes. Students will take IB exams in May of their senior year to earn an IB Diploma in addition to their Esami di Stato (state exams). The IB Diploma has the potential to provide a competitive edge in areas such as admission, placement, college credit, and scholarships.

For more information about La Scuola d'Italia, please visit La Scuola's IB listing can be found on the IB website at

La Scuola d'Italia Guglielmo Marconi is the only Italian bilingual and bicultural Pre-K through 12th grade school (paritaria) in North America legally recognized by the Italian Ministry of Public Education and chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, that integrates the best features of the Italian and American educational systems. La Scuola d'Italia is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). Since 1977, La Scuola's teaching has been deeply rooted in the European classical tradition, offering a strong foundation in liberal arts, mathematics and science as well as an in-depth study and appreciation of American, European and Italian civilization and culture.

SOURCE: La Scuola d'Italia Guglielmo Marconi

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