International School of Monza
About International School of Monza
Why work with us
* The most collaborative environment, at every level, that you will find;
* Official IB proffessional development during first few months of employment;
* A small, modern and colourful school where teachers are highly respected as professionals and afforded a good degree of autonomy to teach in a creative and exciting way;
* A beautiful part of the world, close to the buzzing city of Milan and the Italian lakes.
In the heart of the city of Monza, the doors of the International School of Monza open every day to approximately 270 students of around 30 nationalities from age 2 to 18. A perfect structure for collaborative inquiry-driven study, an environment that will help them to grow to become active citizens of “a world without frontiers”. Whilst the school has a thirty-year-long year history and has close ties with its sister schools around Italy, there a fresh and unique feel to everything we do.
At ISMonza, a full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum school authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP, ages 3-11), Middle Years Programme (MYP, ages 11-16) and Diploma Programme (DP, ages 16-18), we endeavour to deliver the International Baccalaureate programmes in the purist of forms, with the school’s core values and the IB’s Learner Profile embodied in everything that we do. Both the school and the group to which it belongs, have an established record of success in the IB, from age 3 all the way through to admission to the world’s leading universities at age 18. Furthermore, in our Early Years section (ages 2-6), our curriculum is heavily influenced by Reggio Children.
Perhaps most of note is the sense of collaboration that exists amongst all members of the school community. This is most evident in the way in which our highly qualified mother-tongue teachers and inquisitive students work towards a common goal of academic success which is seamlessly balanced with an inherent commitment to active global citizenship at every level. Although all classrooms are fitted with smart TVs and students bring tablets or laptops to school, we use technology in a blended approach where we feel it adds value to teaching and learning and not merely to replace traditional methods (yes, we do use books and, yes, we do talk to one another).
All this takes place in our city-centre campus – a stylish and colourful factory conversion – which has been specifically designed to foster collaborative approaches to teaching and learning. Our science laboratories are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and we also boast carefully designed on-site spaces which support the delivery of our Reggio-Inspired Early Years Curriculum, three beautiful libraries, as well as studios for visual arts, drama and music, supported by a large sports complex just a three minute walk away. That said, living in such a culturally rich part of the world, we take many opportunities to knock down our classroom walls and learn from opportunities in the local and not-so-local area.
More information about the school can be found on our website at https://www.internationalschoolofmonza.it. The school is one of several very successful Italian schools belonging to ISE (International School of Europe) which in turn is part of Inspired (www.inspirededu.co.uk), a worldwide network of premium schools offering global best practice and professional development.
What our teachers say about us
The following our quotes from our 2019/20 staff engagement survey:
"ISMonza is a great school. Staff are professional and caring. Students are enthusiastic and expressive. Parents are supportive and trusting."
"I feel very fortunate to work in a school like ISMonza. There is a positive work environment here and the management and leadership (Principal/Coordinators) are very supportive."
"I'm proud to teach in a great learning environment."
"You can really feel the community spirit around the whole school (teaching/non teaching staff, parents, students). Great place to grow professionally surrounded by so many experienced people ready to help you out and give you advice."
"I have just started but I enjoy the work and the work environment."
"I have only been here a few weeks but I am really enjoying working here. I really like the programme and enjoy working collaboratively with the friendly staff here."
"Students are happy to be in school since there are a lot of experiences. The atmosphere in school is lovely."
"Teachers and students work together to achieve common goals."
"This is a very special place to work...we're a school that creates a lot of buy-in from me (and virtually all other stakeholders as well) and I think that's because I invest so much into what's going on here (and again, I think we all do). That makes it easy every day to come in and truly want to do everything I can do to make our school even better today than it was yesterday...it's easy to be motivated to be part of a team such as ours."
"I feel positive about the school and have always been committed to it. There is always room for improvement but the school has made very big strides in the last 5 years. There is a definite spirit of working towards excellence."
"I am very happy and proud to work at ISM."
What the International Baccalaureate said about us in their December 2018 five-year evaluation visit:
• Remarkable growth and development since the school’s last evaluation;
• Staff are professionals with a deep understanding of modern educational research and demonstrated their shared dedication to putting principles into practice;
• Teaching and learning is excellent, often outstanding, offering experiences which are authentic and inquiry-based;
• A rich and stimulating learning environment;
• High levels of student action and agency;
• The pedagogical leadership team of the school have deep knowledge and understanding of the IB philosophy;
• The relationships between students, parents and staff are very positive.
Our host city
Monza is Lombardy’s “second city” and is perhaps most famous for hosting the annual Italian Grand Prix within its walled park, the largest in Europe. It is a small city with plenty of green spaces as well as rich cultural heritage. Many of its 120,000 inhabitants chose it for its international outlook, affordable accommodation and quick rail access to the fashionable and buzzing city of Milan, as well as the world-renowned Italian lakes.
For a world without frontiers- Our motto