Who we are

SAINT DENIS SCHOOL HAS BEEN OFFERING EDUCATION
TO CHILDREN OF FAMILIES BASED IN TURIN
FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS.

Saint Denis School has been offering education to children of families based in Turin for the last 40 years.

The School opened at the end of the seventies at the foothills of Turin, with a pioneering objective to provide a curriculum in both Italian and English. The historic location of the school was opened in 1981 in the area locally called “Crimea” beside the river Po, in Corso Moncalieri 52a. Later, a second important location, opened in the centre of Turin, also in a beautifully elegant building,

C.so Moncalieri 52/a, 10133 Torino

Via San Massimo 21 bis, 10123 Torino

Saint Denis School has both a bi-lingual Nursery school (Italian and English) and a Primary school specialized in languages (Italian, English and French). The school is officially recognized and privately funded, known as “scuola paritaria” here in Italy.

Saint Denis School welcomes children of many nationalities and cultures in a happy and friendly environment. There is an international atmosphere at school, thanks to the daily presence of many native speaking English and French teachers, alongside Italian teachers who graduated in languages and have taught abroad.

In the Nursery School the school curriculum is taught in English, by native speakers throughout the morning, for a total of 20 hours, while the afternoon activities are taught in Italian. Furthermore, in the Preschool class, French is introduced by a native speaking teacher for a few hours each week.

In Primary School all the pupils spend as much time studying the Italian language as the English language. In addition, they learn French and have a total of 15 hours a week of foreign language lessons.

Pupils learn not only to develop a civil consciousness of respecting rules and the others, but also the love of “learning how to learn” some of the key themes drawn up by the European Parliament in 2006.

The school is open from Monday to Friday from 7.30 to 18.30 (a total of 55 hours a week).

Each school day is carefully balanced with activities, lessons and free-play times:

– early bird club (optional), from 7.30 to 8.30 (primary school) / 9.00 (nursery school);

– lessons, from 8.30 (primary school) / 9.00 (nursery school) to 16.30;

– after-school club (optional), from 16.30 to 18.30.

The national curriculum indicated by the Italian Ministry of Education is met both in the nursery school and primary school. This is reflected in the school’s Three Year Educational Plan (Piano Triennale dell’Offerta Formativa), where the School meets the educational needs of students through personalised learning programs.

We pay particular attention of our students during the moments of transition, as they move from nursery school to primary school and again when they start middle school.

Further to the school curriculum, we organise afternoon activities (including sports, music tuition, clubs for hobbies and games) and visits to local places of interest and school trips.

Our school is a Cambridge ESOL preparation centre and we offer language classes in the afternoons as part of preparation for Cambridge language exams or simply as a way of developing language skills.

Every year, we organize a seaside holiday, a Study trip to England and the Summer School, which is open to children from other schools.

Saint Denis School has been recognised for its work and participation in the National Primary school project with UNICEF.

Saint Denis School has been recognized for its work and participation in the National Primary school project with Unicef on December 5th, 2017.
The Education Superintendent of Turin awarded Saint Denis School with a certificate of merit for 2016/2017. Our Instute was the only private school in the city participating in the MIUR-Unicef project “Verso una Scuola Amica” (Towards a friendly school).

The merit, as underlined by Dr. Stefano Suraniti, director of the provincial education office in Turin, goes to the teachers who suitably motivated the students and to the students themselves, who worked with enthusiasm and efficiency by acquiring knowledge, skills and competences in relation to the objectives of sustainable development. In the current school year, the Institute has once again guaranteed its presence in the project. The topics relating to the 2030 agenda will be analyzed and some of the 17 sustainable objectives will be taken into consideration, as well as the practical methods and strategies that each one of us can adopt to achieve them.

Why choose Saint Denis School?

– Why? Because of its truly unique history in Turin’s educational panorama, Saint Denis School is the only school that offers forty years of experience in the field of teaching in a bilingual environment (Italian-English). Furthermore, the trilingual program adopted in the last ten years (Italian-English-French) has demonstrated to be of outstanding success for our students.

– Why? The two school sites are located in areas of particular beauty and architectural importance: while one remains at the foot of the hillside surrounded by greenery, along the banks of the Po river, the other is found in the heart of the city centre, between Piazza Carlina and Piazza Maria Teresa, near many important museums and historical monuments.

– Why? The school sites house large, bright and completely refurbished spaces in compliance with the highest and most recent safety standards.

– Why? Our classrooms are fully equipped to enable the implementation of an intercultural educational project based on language-oriented teaching, while
respecting Italian culture, methods and peculiarities.

– Why? The European key skills for lifelong learning, together with the educational program of the Italian Ministry of Education for kindergarten and primary school learning, are the essential founding features of the Three Year Educational Plan offered by Saint Denis School.

– Why? The “fields of experience” during a child’s kindergarten experience and the “core curriculum subjects” of the primary school are taught in Italian. This ensures that the total number of teaching hours fully meet the requirements of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR).

– Why? Further to the core learning in Italian, two foreign languages are taught: 20 hours per week in English in kindergarten and 15 hours per week in
primary school, of which 13 hours are dedicated to English while 2 hours are dedicated to French.

– Why? Starting early in the nursery school, the “enhanced staff” made up of teachers from the three departments (Italian, English and French) boosts multi-cultural learning and allows the implementation of laboratory activities, group work, remedial and in-depth initiatives, educational outings and educational trips in Italy and abroad.

– Why? Saint Denis School pilots the most innovative educational methodologies alongside traditional teaching.

– Why? Because each student is followed through to the final year of primary school, where every individual reaches the communicative competence that empowers them to have the ability to interact in two foreign languages, both in the spoken and written form (Cambridge KET / PET level for the English language and Delf Prim level for the French language). Our students are then able to tackle the difficulties of secondary school profitably, as shown by our monitoring of former students and their progress.

– Why? Because in the Turin educational panorama Saint Denis School is the only officially recognized scholastic institution, specialized in languages with
an educational program supervised by State public school administrators and MIUR trainers.

– Why? Faced with the emergence of new international and bilingual realities in recent years, the learning program offered by Saint Denis School stands out and remains unique in its originality and specificity, thanks to the professionalism of the teachers, and the systematic employment of new tools for learning.

Originality, tradition and competence:
for over 40 years bilingualism in Turin has been called Saint Denis School