International Schools in San Marino

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Education in San Marino

Education in San Marino has a similar curriculum to Italy (Bologna Process), free and compulsory from age 6 to 16. Children are able to attend nursing schools as early as three months and attend kindergarten schools at the age of three. By age six, children must enrol in one of the 14 primary schools in San Marino.

  • Early childhood educational development programmes for children under the age of three is offered by Nido d'Infanzia and is not compulsory. Pre-primary education programmes for children aged three to six is offered by Scuola d'Infanzia, it is not compulsory but almost all the children attend it.
  • Compulsory education lasts ten years (from six to sixteen years old). It covers five years of primary school (Scuola Elementare), three years of lower secondary school (Scuola Media Inferiore) and the first two years of upper secondary school or vocational courses.
  • The upper secondary school has a duration of five years (from fourteen to nineteen years old) and it is offered in the five pathways of Scuola Secondaria Superiore (liceo classico, liceo linguistico, liceo scientifico, liceo economico-aziendale and the first two years of the technical pathway –biennio ITI). All these pathways give access to the Higher Education programmes.

The vocational training system of the Centro di Formazione Professionale offers three years courses in several pathways.

  • Higher education is offered by the Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino. In San Marino there isn't any private higher education institution, and there is only one public
  • University: According to the World Bank, San Marino primary schools subscribe to smaller classroom sizes, with six students per teacher. This is one of the lowest student to teacher ratios in the world, and half the size of the median for other Southern European countries. San Marino credits its small classroom sizes with the success of its students' high grades, supported by the 98 percent literacy rate among adults.

Schools in San Marino

San Marino is home of 14 primary schools, few high schools and the University of the Republic of San Marino

The students who wish to further their studies after high school can attend the University of the Republic of San Marino or travel to the close Italy.

There are not schools in San Marina that are considered as "international school" and schools follow the Italian curriculum.