Guiding Statements

The International School of Turin is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational School that strives to provide superior education in English, from Nursery through High School, for students from both the international and local communities of Turin.


To become the most stimulating school community in Italy, where students learn well and do good for others.

Mission Statement

IST inspires lifelong learning and international mindedness, empowering each student to reach their full potential while supporting their overall wellbeing.

International Mindedness

Respect for the interconnectedness of self, others, cultures and the environment.

CIS Code of Ethics

As an accredited school, IST adheres to the CIS Code of Ethics. The purpose of the CIS Code of Ethics (Council of International Schools) is to describe the moral principles upon which CIS members are expected to base their conduct and professional practice.

All CIS members are expected to:

  • Fulfill the promises stated in their guiding statements, policies, contracts, and promotional materials.
  • Strive for excellence.
  • Nurture a culture of care in which the education, safety, and well-being of students and others are paramount.
  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Respect the dignity and equality of all individuals, groups, and cultures.
  • Promote global citizenship.



Discover how our values make us great

IB learner profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. (IB 2013)

IB learners strive to be:


They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. 
They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.



They explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned ethical decisions.



They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. 



They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities. 

They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


Open minded
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.



They show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


Risk taskers 

They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. 
They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.



They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.


UN Declaration of Human Rights

The International School of Turin strives to offer an educational programme that supports and is consistent with the spirit of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Doing so, IST is committed to safeguarding student wellbeing. We believe that it is the fundamental right of all children and young people, to learn and grow in a secure and effective environment; we have the moral and legal responsibility to ensure that children in our care are not placed at any risk of harm, through our policies and procedures to protect our students.
The International School of Turin endorses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), of which our host country, Italy, is a signatory.