Italian Educational System
Nursery school- For children under 3 years of age.
Pre-Primary School – For children between 3 to 6 years of age.Children are looked after by one-two teachers per class, they play, start socializing and learn to recognize letters and numbers.
First cycle of education lasting 8 years, made up of:
All children are required to attend school from age six through sixteen with the compulsory age limit at 16.
Primary-school Students from 6 to 10 years old. The primary school, begins at six and continues for five years. The curriculum includes: Italian, English, Geography, History, Math, Science, Technology, Music, Art, P.E., I T and Catholic Religion.
First Grade Secondary School
Students from 11 to 14 years old. The next level is known as First Grade Secondary School.
Core subjects are :Catholic Religion, Italian, English, and a second foreign language, History, Geography, Science, Math, IT, Drawing, Music and P.E.
The higher secondary school.
The various types of the higher secondary school.
At the end of the S. G. S. S. :
After completing the Second Grade Secondary School students must pass another exam in order to receive their Diploma. Once they have their diplomas, they either begin their careers in their professions attending a High technical vocational training or moving on to the University for a Degree.
Structurally, they all follow what is considered the now standardized European model, with a primary course of three years to obtain a bachelor degree (diploma di laurea), a further two years to specialize with a Master’s degree (laurea magistrale) and, finally, the possibility to obtain a PhD (dottorato di ricerca).
Special studies in fine arts and music can be pursued in Accademie delle Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academies) and Conservatori (music schools).