Getting practical experience
Many young people in Italy look forward to starting work and learning a trade, and the majority who don’t go on to higher education enter an apprenticeship (
apprendistato) or vocational training.
Things you need to consider
If you decide to send your child to a private school in Italy, you might have a wide range of school options.
Standards, learning methods and prices
Private schools educate less than 10 per cent of Italian schoolchildren. They include schools run by religious organisations, schools following unorthodox teaching methods such as Montessori and Rudolf Steiner, and a number of foreign and international schools, including American and British schools.
Organization and education policies
State-funded schools in Italy are termed both state schools (
scuole statali) and public schools (
scuole pubbliche), although the term ‘state’ has been used in preference to ‘public’ in this book to prevent confusion with the British term ‘public school’, which refers to a private, fee-paying school.
Whether you wish your children to follow the Italian system of education or go to an international school is a very personal choice and depends on the age of the child, how long you plan to stay in Italy, where the child will study next and on your view as to the benefit of learning Italian in the local system.