Academics

AOSR is a fully accredited, American international, independent day school. AOSR offers an American curriculum for students in Pre-K to Grade 12. At AOSR, all students are both challenged and supported to achieve academic success.

 

 

Academic Strengths

Established in 1947, the American Overseas School of Rome has a long tradition of providing a rigorous and well-rounded American international education to Pre-K through Grade 12 students.

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Reggio Emilia Inspired Early Childhood (Pre-K) Education

With a focus on the curiosity that this age brings, our Early Childhood Education Program (3-5 year olds) provides our youngest students with a rich and empowering environment for learning. The Reggio Emilia approach offers individualized student-teacher interaction to instill a joy of learning. 

AERO (American Education Reaches Overseas) Standards for Excellence (K-8)

AOSR follows the AERO Standards in K-8, which a consistent and challenging curriculum to American international schools worldwide. AOSR students are able to seamlessly and successfully transition to their next post, whether it be in the USA or abroad. 

100% University Acceptance Rate

100% of our university applicants are accepted. Recent AOSR graduates have been accepted to over 230 elite colleges and universities worldwide. We have a full-time College Counselor who assists our students and parents with the college application process and helps them obtain entry to top schools around the world.  

100% IB Diploma Pass Rate

The IB Diploma Programme has been successfully implemented at AOSR for decades, with results that gain students admission to elite universities in the United States, UK, Europe, and throughout the world.

Only School in Rome to Offer Extensive AP and IB Programs

With over 35 AP & IB courses available, our students have the opportunity to excel in the program of their choice. The results speak for themselves, with yearly acceptances to the most exclusive universities worldwide.

 

The IB Program helps you discover more deeply other cultures and become a more globally minded individual. Although it’s a challenging program, you learn to balance the workload and I have really enjoyed the projects involved.

-  Will, Grade 12, IB student 

I was always sure I wanted to take IB because I wanted to push myself. The class material is challenging, but with the extracurricular activities, such as CAS, TOK, the various Internal Assessments and Extended Essay, it teaches students how to manage their time and be independent. I know the hard work will pay off. I will have the benefit of colleges all over the world considering my application. 

-  Isabelle, Grade 12, Ib student 

The IB Program has taught me to take responsibility for my learning and to understand the knowledge building process. The IB Diploma is an internationally recognized high school diploma, and therefore I’ve been able to apply for admission to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. I can't wait to meet the future me when I come to the end of the IB Program.

-  Costanza, Grade 12, Ib student 

we have seen a sudden improvement of our son’s language and spelling capacities, and he was able to fit in very quickly and very well in the new environment! Thanks also to the professional but also warm and caring teachers, administrators, and office staff.

Martina, Current Parent

AOSR has very devoted and competent teachers, and staff. Teachers are very engaged in the students learning and give great help and support to the students. The classes are many times between 10-20 students which I think is a very good size for the teacher to see and understand all students and their challenges.

Peter, Current Parent

We were looking for a medium sized school, a safe environment, a warm atmosphere, an excellent student to teacher ratio, and a really student centered setting. The High School has excellent teachers, grants students the opportunity to choose a curriculum that best suits their needs with the AP and/or IB Program, and has superb varsity sports teams. Teachers make sure to show students that first they are valuable humans, then great learners.

-  Adele, Current Parent

The teachers really understand you, and therefore challenge and guide you. The academics are incredibly rigorous, and I know that at the end of my high school career, I will be well prepared for university.

-  Carolina, Future IB Student

I’m thankful to be studying such challenging courses. Taking AP's will help me seamlessly transition to university level classes and balance a heavy workload in the future. The topics I’m learning about in my AP classes will give me a base of important knowledge going into the ‘real world.’ I also know that this path will guarantee me acceptance to a great university.

-  Angelica, AP Student, Grade 11

There is a huge variety of AP classes compared to my last school, which I'm really thankful for. Next year I will be taking AP Statistics, AP Language and Composition and AP physics.

-  Ahmed, AP Student, Grade 10

I'm an AP student. It’s definitely a challenging program but the classes are really well-rounded and the environment is supportive and the teachers really help you. I’m able to balance my academics with many clubs.

-  ZUN, AP student, Grade 12

Accreditations and Memberships

Established in 1947, the American Overseas School of Rome has a long tradition of providing a rigorous and well-rounded American international education to Pre-K through Grade 12 students.

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The American Overseas School of Rome is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and was the first international school to be awarded MSA's prestigious International Credential.

AOSR is a member of RISA (Rome International Schools Association), CIS (Council of International Schools), and ECIS (Educational Collaborative for International Schools). AOSR is also a proud member of:

  • MAIS (Mediterranean Association of International Schools)
  • ELMLE (European League for Middle Level Education) 
  • AAIE (Association for Advancement of International Education)

The American Overseas School of Rome was the first in Italy to offer the Advanced Placement AP Program, sponsored by the College Board and it remains an integral part of our high school curriculum.

AOSR offers 19+ different courses in many subject areas: Languages, Sciences, Mathematics, History, and Social Sciences. 

IBDP International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme since 1989

  • AOSR offers this two-year rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the needs of highly motivated students.
  • Diploma holders gain admission to prestigious universities in the US, Europe, and worldwide.