Schools and Education Provision for Teenagers in Italy

Understand the educational requirements and provision for teenagers in Italy...

Secondary school

Attendance at lower secondary school (scuola media) is mandatory for all children between the ages of 11 and 14. At the end of the third year, pupils take a standard examination consisting of written papers in Italian, as well as exams in mathematics, science and a foreign language. An oral exam is also administered in all subjects except religion. Successful students are awarded their lower secondary school diploma (diploma di licenza media) and move on to upper secondary school.

Upper secondary school

There are two categories of upper secondary school: the liceo (like a British grammar school or American high school), which is more academic in nature, and an istituto, which is essentially a vocational school. For the first two years of upper secondary school all students use the same state-mandated curriculum of Italian language and literature, science, mathematics, foreign language, religion, geography, history, social studies and physical education. Specialised courses (indirizzi) begin in the third year of upper primary school. In order to received the upper secondary school diploma (diploma di maturità), students must take and pass written and oral exams. The upper secondary school diploma is generally recognised as a university entrance qualification, although it is best to check with the pertinent university for acceptance guidelines.