At AOSR there is no judgement. No matter your religion, your skin color or the language you speak, there is never any judgement against you. If you sit down somewhere, someone will spot you within 1 minute and sit down next to you to talk to you immediately.
I like how they educate us, how we have lots of field trips, the special classes like PE, music, and art, and how they give us a different perspective of how the world is going on. I enjoy taking classes such as math, science and reading.”
It’s really weird when you first get here because everyone is from overseas, so you feel worried that everyone will speak only Italian. But in reality everyone is learning, some are learning English and some are learning Italian.
We have really enjoyed the warm open feeling that American Overseas School of Rome has given us as a new family to the community. All admissions aspects of the school were so easy to understand, and all staff and administrators really went above and beyond to welcome us to this new school environment.
Each teacher that we met helped us in any initial questions we had as we slowly learned our way around the school and the various office areas. The principal of the high school, Mr. Justin Walsh has done such a remarkable job and every meeting that we have had with him he has been very professional on all levels and shows his direct involvement in our high school student’s education.
We felt really welcomed at AOSR community and this also goes for our children who from the beginning did not have any issues at the school and enjoyed all their teachers and school staff which makes each school day an enjoyable learning experience. Both of our children feel so happy at this school and really enjoy being with the other children on a day to day basis. My son and daughter have embraced AOSR and of all their classmates. They often stay after school to participate in sports activities and even to study with classmates. What allowed them to integrate so quickly was the warm and welcoming and communication from all the other students. Being such a large international community allowed them to speak very easily and immediately make new friends as they got used to their new school environment.
This is my son’s fourth year at AOSR, we transferred from another international school in Rome. We are very happy that our son, which entered AOSR in second grade, was able to find a class that was really international. We have seen a sudden improvement of our son’s language and spelling capacities, and he was able to fit very quickly and very well in the new environment, thanks also to professional but also warm and caring teachers, secretaries, assistants, etc. Two years ago we welcomed the arrival of the New Head of School, Michael Callan. I have never met a Headmaster as kind and open to talking with parents and students as Mike, and I am very happy that he’s my son's Head of School. We discovered Mike to be a very intelligent but also very warm person who is totally devoted to his job and with such a great personality. The kids in this school are happy and that makes this environment one of the best, I think, we can hope for our son.
Moving often comes with challenges, choosing a school shouldn’t have to be one. AOSR is truly an international community. The teachers go above and beyond to support the students. Our parent community is second to none. We have devoted parents who volunteer their time to enrich our school. With the support of the administration, staff and the the Parent Teacher Organization, we are constantly working together to build an inclusive, fun and interactive school community. This is why we chose AOSR, you should too!
I started at AOSR in middle school and stayed until the completion of high school. Growing up as an Italian-American, AOSR embodied that sense of cultural integration that international schools are founded on and that I, as bilingual, was raised upon. In this sense, I was at home in the multicultural environment, which I always cherished. It was this atmosphere of inclusiveness that so captivated me when I first arrived. But also, and maybe more importantly, it was the atmosphere of support and community that one felt that really helped us to grow as students. School can be hard in many different ways, but being surrounded by a dedicated staff always helps in these experiences, at least I know mine was greatly impacted by the passion of my teachers and I will always be grateful to them for it.