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GSO looks at each student as an individual with talents to discover and share. The more we get to know about the whole person, in addition to records of past academic performance and activities, the more we can understand a student’s strengths and concerns, needs and aspirations.
Choosing a new school and a new environment in which to live is both exciting and daunting. Our staff is dedicated to helping families and students throughout the admissions process. We are always ready to share our expectations but equally ready to hear what a future student will be able to bring to enrich the learning community.
Our most important requirement is that a student coming to our school becomes familiar with, and is open to, the school's Vision, Mission Statement and Educational Beliefs. Students should be interested in getting to know Italy, and should be able and willing to fully participate in all aspects of the programme: academic, co-curricular and service.
In accepting students, at Gentium Schola Opitergium we look for:
We admit qualified students of any gender, identity, race, national and ethnic origin and do not discriminate in any aspect of our educational policies, scholarship or financial planning, or in any other school-administered programme.
¹The school provides appropriate help with temporary challenges but is not equipped to offer the professional help and support needed for students with serious learning difficulties or a history of behavioural problems. For further information, please view the GSO Special Needs Policy.
For specific questions regarding the academic programme, please send an email to set up an appointment with the School Coordinator.
Admission during the school year is not ideal but if it is absolutely necessary, every effort will be made to welcome and support late entrants until the end of the first quarter.
The applicant needs to submit the final reports of the previous two years and the most recent final or mid-term report available. This is to understand your academic profile. Once your documents are received, the Admissions Office will contact you.
1.Download, fill out and sign the “Application for Student Admission Form.” Download the form here
When filling out the Application form, the applicant will be asked to respond in her/his own words to three of the following questions.
For Cambridge IGCSE applicants:
For IB Diploma Programme applicants:
N.B. Getting to know what a student thinks or cares for is more important than perfect English.
Please send as attachments the Application form and the supporting documentation by email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: We will only process the application after ALL of the above listed documents have been submitted and the Application Fee has been received! Submission of the Application documents and payment of the Application Fee do not constitute acceptance and enrolment.
² Our preference is for all documents to be submitted in English (the school’s language of instruction) or Italian or with a certified translation. The school will respond in writing in English or Italian.
Applications are assessed by the Admissions Committee before the final acceptance decision is made.
The decision of acceptance will be conveyed to the applicants within ten working days from the receipt of a complete file and interview comments (if undertaken).
Accepted students will receive the following documents in their Acceptance Package, electronically and/or by courier or postal services:
An offer of a place at Gentium Schola Opitergium can only be confirmed once the school has received all the required documentation. The application and visa process, if required, can be a long task. Where documents are missing, parents or guardians need to inform Admissions staff as to when they will become available.
Complete official school and medical records must be received by the school before the student can be admitted. Once the Admissions Office receives the completed and signed Acceptance Package, the following enrolment documentation will be sent electronically and/or by courier/postal services:
In order to ensure proper placement, we may require placement tests in areas such as English, Mathematics and the Sciences.