Structure of italian educational system

The Italian educational system is currently based on the division between public school (which is based on subsidies) and private school. The levels are :
— Kindergarten (3-5 years)
— Primary school (6-10 years)
— Middle School (11-13 years)
— High school (14-18 years).
The school is compulsory until the completion the first two years of high school.
As part of high school, distinguished schools (classic, scientific, educational, artistic,language) and technical institutes professional.

School organization

The Ministry of Education shall, through its central and peripheral for services related to maternal primary, secondary, higher secondary and artistic.
Under these powers, it is for the administration Central:
— Coordinating the activities of schools of all type and level within the framework of the objectives education and training of children and youth;
— Promoting the dissemination of issues relating to training and the relationship between school and the world of art, culture and science through conferences, exhibitions, grants and awards for publications,
studies and research;
— Perform administrative functions and supervision provided by the Act of
laws on education, with regard to schools State any level, courses
preparation for examinations, schools and institutions Foreign cultural Italy.
Minister sets out the objectives and programmes .

The Ministry of Education is currently promoting a reform of the system national school read here

  Regional Office school
The Office regional school, established in capital of each region, to ensure
carrying out tasks relating to procedures competition for staff school and staff administration, school device, the school calendar

First cycle of education


Primary school

Age 6-11

Lower secondary school

Age 11- 14

Second cycle of education

Students choose among the following upper secondary schools:


Classical upper secondary school


Scientific upper secondary school


Linguistic upper secondary school


Upper secondary school with a sociological-

psychological and pedagogical orientation

Age 14-19

Art school

Age 14-19

Technical school

Age 14-19

Vocational school

Age 14-19





Higher education


After completing the higher secondary school, students must pass an exam in order to receive their “Diploma di Maturità”.

Once they have their diplomas, they either begin their careers in their professions or move on to the University

Italy has forty two state universities, six private universities, three technical universities and twelve specialized university institutes.

Each university offers four main courses: diploma universitario (university diploma), Diploma di Laurea (Bachelor of Arts/Science), Dottorato di Ricerca (research doctorate), and Diploma di

Specializzazione (diploma of specialization).

Primary education

The primary school, begins at age six and continues for five years.

Class sizes generally run about twenty five children per class with a minimum of ten students. Schooling and textbooks are free.

The school year comprises at least 200 days between the beginning of September and the end of June.

Schools open five or six days a week, full day or half day, depending on the institution.

Compulsory annual teaching hours are 891; this amount is subdivided into 33 teaching weeks with an average amount of 27 weekly hours.

According to school autonomy, each educational institution is responsible for the organisation of its annual teaching time.


School Curricula

The Indicazioni (National guidelines) are nationally determined and adapted to local needs by each school according to school autonomy. Knowledge and skills are indicated for each subject; the school will help pupils to transform them into personal competencies.

The guidelines define the essential performance levels that should be ensured by each school.

Specific learning objectives at primary school level have been defined for the following subjects: catholic religion, Italian, English language, history, geography, mathematics, science, ICT, music, art, sport and motory sciences.

Furthermore, specific learning objectives on “education to civil life”, which include “citizenship, environment, health,nourishment and affective life education” are indicated in the guidelines.

Italian school system has been characterized in recent years by big changes: the rise of education, reorganization of technical and professional institutions, the reform of State, the institution of the right and duty to education and training, the introduction of integrated pathways between vocational education and training, strengthening the autonomy of educational institutions in the definition of training.

As in other EU countries, including Italy, the duration of education was raised to 10 years in law 27/12/2006, n.296, Article 1, paragraph 622.

The decree stipulates that everyone is guaranteed the right and true for all the duty to education and training until the attainment of a diploma or a qualification of at least three years before eighteen years of age.
Young people that have achieved the title of concluding the first round (licensed media) are required for inclusion in secondary schools on appeal or paths integrated education and training, scheduled on the basis of the framework signed in Conference

The rules on education define the key competences to be acquired at the end of compulsory education: learning to learn, plan, communicate, cooperate and participate, act independently and responsibly, solve problems, identify connections and relationships, acquire and interpret information and seek to innovate the teaching methods in the four cultural core: linguistic, mathematical, scientific-technological, historical and social order to promote the full development of interaction with the natural and social reality

Some schools located in Rionero in Vulture


kindergartenPrimary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh SchoolHigh School Art


Subjects in Our Timetable

 The school activities are organized according to essential mandatory curriculum (Italian, mathematics, history, geography, science, English, science, art, motor), which provides prescriptive objectives; the integrating curriculum (various projects and research); workshop activities. In classes at normal time (30 hours per week) begins teaching at 8.20 and closed at 12.50.There is one return afternoon during the week from 14.00 hours to 17.00 hours. Pupils have the opportunity to benefit from the school canteen.
In classes full-time (40 hours per week) begins teaching at 8.30 and closed at 16.30. The free day is Saturday. The canteen service is considered an integral part of the school day .
Both classes in normal time and in full-time is a recreation break in mid-morning

Pupils of class I A-B ” Plan Regulator” describe in this way their subject in the timetable



A champion in my school

Two days of 20 and Oct. 21 pv specially designed and organized in Rionero in Vulture to celebrate the Champion Olympic Gold Medal in Beijing 2008 Roberto CAMMARELLE, our honorary fellow.
The program includes the reception, salute and press conference at 12.00 at Palazzo G. Fortunato, to continue to 18.00 at the Social Center “P. Sacco “with the City Council Open to institutions, associations and Citizenship.
The morning of Oct. 21, from 8:30 am, Roberto Cammarelle meet in schools at all levels of the city, students and school stakeholders. 
The video belove shows the visit of Roberto Cammarelle to our school.

Students and school made a very warm and vibrant their admiration for the olympic champion . Roberto is a significant and positive model to offer to new generations, which must understant that   each stage of life must be symptomatic of effort to assert themselves and affirm the values that are preparatory to a society and improvement proposals

Roberto Cammarelle won the Olympic boxing title in the category of supermassimi (over 91 kg) for the Beijing Games. The blue of Lymm exceeded significantly the Chinese Zhang Zhilei. Cammarelle, the second medal at “five circles” after the bronze in Athens 2004, dominated the match, closed when ko missing 19 “at the end of the fourth and final round.

Olympic Games

The Olympic Games is an international multisport event [ read here]

Pupils presentation

Pupils of class II A present themself  during an English lesson

Artistic laboratory

 This video shows an artistic laboratory created by teacher Maria Pia Trama and his students of class III E

The feast of welcoming in our school

Italian Customs