The International Baccalaureate Organization is a non-profit organization that was founded in Geneva in 1968 by a group of progressive and talented teachers who were looking for a different, more intercontinental approach to teaching and development. The internationally recognized qualification granted by the IBO was created with particular attention to preparing students worldwide for the new competitive, globalized and multicultural world that confronts them.

In January 2015, St Stephen’s celebrated forty years of the IB!

In 1975, St Stephen’s became the first school in Italy to offer the International Baccalaureate program and in recent years, celebrated the best IB scores in the School’s history with six students earning perfect scores of 45 points. St Stephen’s students have matriculated to colleges and universities throughout the world.

The IB Diploma Program at St. Stephen’s is a two-year curriculum for 11th and 12th grades, and is a continuation of the international education we offer in lower grades. Its balanced and rigorous curriculum builds principled, intelligent contributors to society while its global reputation ensures that our internationally mobile students are well poised to continue their education, wherever in the world this might take them.


 Students are required to take six separate subjects, one from each of six specialized groups that are divided along lines of academic disciplines. At St. Stephens these are:


  • First Language (English is required as a first language; Italian and French are optional as first languages)
  • Second Language
  • Individuals and Societies (broadly construed as social sciences and humanities)
  • Experimental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts


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.

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