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International School of Turin
Opening the doors of tomorrow's world

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Guiding Statements

The IST guiding statements serve to encompass and explain the values of our School. These statements, created by our stakeholders, are regularly reviewed to provide the purpose, direction and framework for decision- making at IST.

Mission Statement

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

International Mindedness

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

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:


We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.


IST Philosophy

The International School of Turin (IST) is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational day 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.

Admission is open to any student who meets the admissions criteria and who is capable of successfully pursuing the curriculum. In keeping with its mandate as an international school, IST presumes that all students will take the courses necessary to be prepared for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma examinations as well as to meet IST graduation requirements.

Within that framework, the School recognises that it is serving an often transient student population and seeks to remain flexible in its programme to accommodate the specific needs of students and their families.

The School's mission is to create self-motivated, independent, lifelong learners, who are well prepared to go on to higher levels of education, and to meet the challenges posed and take full advantage of the opportunities offered by a constantly changing and more interdependent world.

Toward these ends, IST's three International Baccalaureate Programmes (PYP, MYP and DP) provide a course of study that stresses the acquisition of a fundamental body of knowledge and the development of the basic skills and conceptual tools needed to gather, organise, analyse and understand the ever-increasing flows of information made available by advances in the sciences and humanities, to derive full enjoyment of the world's rich human and cultural resources, and to develop healthy minds and bodies.

The School's instructional methods, in keeping with the IB philosophy, emphasise inquiry, reflection, critical thinking, effective communication, intercultural awareness, and appreciation of a variety of points of view. Through both the curriculum and extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to discover their individual talents, interests, and capacities for leadership, and to experience the joys of achievement and of service to others.

We believe that these objectives are best achieved in a supportive environment of trust and respect between the educational staff and the student body, inspiring a general sense of well-being and self-confidence, while demanding accountability and team-work. A primary role of IST's administration and governing body is to foster and promote this environment.