ST.THOMAS’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL is the first international school of Viterbo, using an interdisciplinary framework and maintaining a proficiency level both in Italian and English. Twinned with Ambrit Rome International School, St. Thomas’s assures high standard of academic learning and facilitates the development of the child as an “inquirer”, both inside and outside of the classroom. At St. Thomas’s we study art and crafts, drama, ICT, music and sports from an early age. All the activities are designed to provide opportunities for experimental and co-operative learning and to exploit the communicative importance of languages.
ST.THOMAS’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL adopts a bi-lingual programme in which English is the main language, while Italian is maintained at a proficiency level throughout the subjects. Continuity with the Italian State programme is ensured for those children who may wish to enter the Italian State Education System at a later stage. St. Thomas’s International School is the first international school of Viterbo, using an transdisciplinary framework of learning and maintaining a proficiency level both in Italian and English. Twinned with Ambrit Rome International School, St. Thomas’s assures high standard of academic learning and facilitates the development of the child as an inquirer, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our school is comprised of two departments: Early Childhood and Primary, with the former comprised of Nursery, Reception and Prep, and the latter comprised of Grades 1-5. Since 2017, we have also activated the Middle School department with Grades 6-7-8. There are teaching 17 staff members and 88 students with an average of 11 children in each class. Our school is small but steadily growing; it was founded only 5 years ago and strives to meet excellent standards which have been recognized by the those living in and around Viterbo. Our student profile is mainly Italian while our staff, except for a few specialist teachers and Italian teachers, are all mother tongue English speakers.
Drama is one of the particular strengths at our school; not only does our Drama teacher lead in the collaboration with the Music and Art teachers, thereby creating a holistic creative experience for the students, she also brings the whole school together for the annual Winter and Summer performances. Drama is a key for children to develop personally and socially, by seeing different perspectives and exploring empathy for others, but it is also an important medium to develop confidence as a communicator, in particular English language. The other great strength of our school lies in language development. We are dedicated to staying abreast the current learning trends, in particular bilingualism. We hire guest speakers for presentations and forums for staff and parents on bilingualism and psychomotility and inform our teaching with best practices.