The International School of Siena is a perfect example of a school that has grown organically from a few teachers and students into a flourishing, multicultural community. The school initially operated from an old Tuscan villa that witnessed the birth and growth of the school and community. This year the school welcomed an exciting change - new school premises coupled with modern facilities.
As the International School of Siena progressed from IB PYP, MYP and DP authorisation, it was clear that upgraded facilities were critical. The new school building, constructed by Inspired, sits on a hillside location within walking distance of the centre of Siena. It has a harmonious travertine stone façade, a glass walkway and copper window frames. The attention to aesthetic beauty and detail is a wonderful tribute to the origins of the school in the noble Villa Parigini. The building consists of large classrooms, containing interactive whiteboards, as well as access to outside areas. The building was designed to accommodate efficient learning. There is a multipurpose space, a drama room and a music room.
The school has installed fibre-optic and has a consistent internet connection to facilitate research. The new building also includes a specialised science laboratory filled with an abundance of equipment and learning resources. The school also introduced a special ‘Early Years’ section with direct access to outdoor learning opportunities. Additionally, there is a bright and spacious canteen. The premises include a sports hall that provides a space in which students can practise the activity or sport of their choice.
In April 2019, the two-year period as a candidate school for the IB Diploma Programme culminated in a verification visit from a team of experienced IB practitioners. The application for DP authorisation resulted in the school being provided with many commendations about areas of good practice. The school has been authorised as an IB World School for the Diploma Programme.
The International School of Siena is now the only IB World School in Tuscany offering the continuum of IB programmes (PYP-MYP-DP) from kindergarten through to high school. The stunning new school provides the facilities for its students to continue to develop and flourish in academics, arts and sports.