Nearly all courses last for two years and all involve substantial coursework that culminates in the final examinations. Most but not all examinations are taken at the end of Year 12. Some students may choose to "anticipate" one or two examinations in Year 11.
The diverse, international and progressive nature of the school and its students is reflected in the subject offerings. Alongside our commitment to English language education, we support a wide variety of first and second languages. Furthermore, while courses such as Environmental Systems and Societies reflect the global awareness we encourage in our students, courses such as Renaissance and Baroque Art History bring our students much closer to what is directly around them, in the historical heart of Rome.
The 'Circle' of the six classes that students are required to take, is underpinned by three cross-curricular structured programs; Theory of Knowledge (ToK), Creativity - Action - Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay. These together with the learner profile at the heart of the circle and the pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning surrounding it, describe the model of the diploma program.