My School is My Family (English edition)

The history of the International School of Turin: from Turin, an educational look open to the world

di Francesco Antonioli


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My School is My Family (English edition)

The history of the International School of Turin: from Turin, an educational look open to the world

di Francesco Antonioli

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My school is my family: Pupils, beginning in early years, as per the Anglo-Saxon method, are involved in teamwork, from three to eighteen years of age, stimulating their sense of responsibility. It is a place to practice civic education, exciting and open to solidarity. A crossroad of events and anecdotes (as, for example, when, in the early ’80s, Mick Jagger, the leader of the Rolling Stones music band, arrived, unexpected at the main office) entangle the history of the Italian school system with IST’s, the city of Turin and, essentially, Italian history.

The International School of Turin (IST) was founded in 1963 as the “American School” with just around thirty students. In the midst of the economic boom, Turin had recently hosted “Italia 61” in celebration of the centenary of the unification of the country. There was enthusiasm, desire to grow, and the Piedmont capital – thanks also to major factories such as Fiat – was beginning to welcome an increasing number of entrepreneurs and managers from all around the world.

The history of IST – which now welcomes more than 400 students on its Chieri premises, and hundreds of “alumni” fully integrated into the professional world on an international level – is an open window into the evolution of Turin, the school, and its leading community members. IST is one of the experiences which confirms the city of the Mole as a cutting-edge laboratory when compared to other areas in Italy.

In 1969 the American embassy contacted a group of entrepreneurs who were thinking of creating an association that could work as a “bridge” with US institutions. From that moment, a new, almost pioneer adventure began, nourished by the commitment of parents and teachers coming from the USA and the UK. IST, right from the beginning, was set up as a non-profit association, managed by its students’ parents, who offered the school their expertise, competencies, and economical capacities.

Contenuti extra


  • Turin, a lab that looks to the future
  • The Economic Boom
  • The protest movement and the ACAT turning point
  • The "Manifesto" of the school
  • The consolidation
  • Mick Jagger's surprise visit
  • The civic sense
  • The 2000s
  • The different venues of the International School of Turin from 1963 to  today
  • The principals of the school
  • Students, teachers and nationalities over the years (1976-2022)
  • School, concrete way of life
  • From a Boston bar to the hills of Turin
  • The "parenting" in teaching
  • The slow and troubled path of the Italian school
  • The “mystery trip” and the value of dialogue
  • Engaging with the world and paying attention to those in need
  • The current educational offer
  • IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM Kindergarten (from 3 to 6 years old)
  • IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM Primary school (from 6 to 11 years old)
  • IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM Middle School (from 11 to 15 years old)
  • IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM High school (from 16 to 18 years old)
  • The IB journey to becoming mature adults
  • The family, the educational consensus and the global village
  • School, but with an open family spirit
  • An alliance of fathers, mothers and teachers
  • Between the United States, Italy and Japan
  • Code name: PTA
  • School buildings
  • Governance and organization
  • “Permaculture” and attention to sustainability
  • International exchanges
  • The Turin Model United Nations
  • The Student Council
  • The school seen from the drone
  • Social media, the Internet and the Covid challenge
  • IST on social media
  • Acknowledgements

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