American Overseas School of Rome

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Basic Information

Address: Via Cassia, 811 00189 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +3906334381
Director/Owner: Mr. Michael Callan

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Additional Information

Ages: 3-19
Accreditation/Affiliation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
Nationalities: Our student body is made up of 53 different nationalities, making our community truly international.
Language(s): English
School Types: Private Non-Profit International School

€4,500 to €25,800

Financial Aid:

Funds available for Financial Aid are determined by AOSR Board of Trustees and their allocation is considered for students whose parents or guardians submit evidence of financial hardship. Applications for financial aid will be carefully reviewed in confidence by the Financial Aid Committee.

Enrollment: 571
School Setting:

AOSR is situated on a six-acre suburban campus in Northern Rome on the ancient Via Cassia. The twenty-four-hour guard-gated academic village features a beautiful central quad shaded by umbrella pines and surrounded by lawns and flowering plants. Located ten kilometers from the US Embassy, AOSR is easily accessible from the north or south by multiple bus lines and car.

The five main buildings hold fifty-five classrooms, four science laboratories, two computer laboratories, a newly inaugurated high-tech design lab, two computer equipped libraries, and a nurse’s office. The campus also features an American style gymnasium, outdoor amphitheater, tennis and basketball courts, and soccer and softball fields.

The AOSR cafeteria provides a hot, freshly sourced and prepared lunch daily. Offering a complete Italian menu including a first and second course, salad, vegetables and dessert, students are ensured a variety of healthy choices. In addition, an adjacent café offers pastries, sandwiches, freshly squeezed juices, coffee and the like. Students may eat inside the cafeteria, or on the beautiful outside terrace which backs to unobstructed green space.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 9 AM-3:30 PM
Classroom Size: 15
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15-1

English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Art, Technology, Drama, Music, Physical Education, and Design.


The curriculum encompasses the whole range of opportunities and interactions that are available to a child. It is a living curriculum that evolves with and for the children, and that consistently reflects the core values, vision, and philosophy statements. Coherent learning progressions identified in PreK-Grade 12 curricular standards provide the foundation for AOSR’s teaching and learning at all grade levels. Teachers apply research-based instructional practices to create learning experiences that facilitate student progression toward, and success in, the college-level work offered in our high school division.

The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is the first school to be granted the prestigious International Credential from the Middle States Association.  Differentiated instruction which values the variety of learning styles and ability levels found in a classroom setting is of paramount importance at AOSR.  This differentiated approach provides appropriately challenging learning experiences for all students.

The preschool program at AOSR is inspired by the world-renowned Reggio Emilia approach. Teachers are partners in children’s learning. By observing and listening to children, teachers nurture and guide them in their explorations. Short and long-term, inquiry-based projects allow the curriculum to emerge as the children explore their interests.

The elementary program is developed to enrich and preserve the natural sense of wonder and curiosity that flourishes in childhood. Teachers create a supportive environment in child-centered classrooms that celebrate the individuality of each child. Through a balanced, standards-based curriculum, teachers challenge the intellect, nurture social-emotional growth, and promote healthy physical development in all children. Beyond teaching content and skills, learning is presented in authentic contexts that create opportunities for inquiry and for students to apply knowledge so that they are able to make sense of new information and the ever-changing world around them.

AOSR offers a rigorous U.S. common core modeled curriculum from sixth through twelfth grade.  Class schedules are designed to maximize study of core subjects -English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and World Languages - while allowing time for exploration in electives including classes in Art, Technology, Drama, Music, Physical Education, and Design. Students also have the opportunity to engage in a number of special academic projects and are encouraged to take advantage of a range of extracurricular activities.

The High School program offers a spectrum of Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB). AOSR is the only school in Rome to offer both the AP and IB programs. AOSR has both a College Counselor, and an Advanced Placement and an IB Diploma Program Coordinator who support our students and their academic goals.

AOSR’s testing program includes the College Board's PSAT, SAT, and AP tests, as well as the full complement of IB examinations. Qualified teachers are highly focused on preparing students for academic success in exams and beyond.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

The needs of students in all grades with mild to moderate hearing impairment and those with mild learning disabilities or speech impairments can be met in the regular classroom or through a resource room at all grade levels. The needs of elementary and middle school students with moderate learning disabilities can be met in the regular classroom or through a resource room at the elementary and middle school grade levels. Elementary students with moderate speech impairments can be aided in the regular classroom and through a resource room. The school has a Resource Department with staff trained to administer psychological tests and diagnose specific learning disabilities. The school is not accessible to physically disabled students. A speech therapist is available upon request.

Computer Capabilities:

Technology is used to enhance learning in an integrated teaching approach. There are over 450 computers on campus including a one-to-one laptop program for students in Middle School, and a bring your own device program for grades 9 through 12. The Secondary school also has a Design Lab with 3D printers. The Elementary school employs laptop carts with Macs and iPads for student use. Teachers and students utilize Google Classroom for their daily work. Gradebooks, class schedules, teacher links, test scores and the like are all provided through a parent-student-school interactive electronic database called Powerschool.

Extracurricular Activities: The American Overseas School of Rome provides a wide selection of after school activities ranging from sports to arts to music to languages. The after school program is divided into two sessions, September to January and January to May, and runs from Monday to Friday, 3:30-5:00 pm. Bus services are provided. All activities are non-discriminatory, supplement the regular classroom instruction, and contribute to the academic, physical, and social development of students. All after school program activities are for both boys and girls. The after school activities and athletics are intended to help students to become culturally aware and to help them foster concepts such as collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork. They also nurture interpersonal relationships and a feeling of community. After school activities include: * Computer Lab * Cooking * Makerspace * Tennis * Basketball * Capoeira * Artistic Gymnastics  * American Flag Football * Soccer * Math Talks  * Art Club * Nature Club AOSR has a High School varsity sports program featuring girls’ and boys’ teams in cross country, volleyball, tennis, basketball, cheerleading, track and field and soccer. Varsity student-athletes compete with pride and sportsmanship within Italy and Europe in the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools League. Students are involved in many clubs and organizations on campus, including STUCO (student council) for both middle and high school students, GIN (Global Issues Network), MUN (Model United Nations), Environmental Club, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, and Habitat for Humanity.
Parking Spaces/Availability:

There is a full parking lot available for use.

Admissions Requirements:

For Pre-K, applicants should be 3 or 4 years old before Oct. 31.
For Kindergarten, applicants should be 5 years old before Oct. 31.
For our Elementary School, applicants for Grade 1 must be 6 years old before Oct. 31.

AOSR admission decisions are made throughout the year for all grade levels on a rolling admissions policy.

Admissions Deadline: Rolling admissions Policy
Mission Statement:

AOSR offers the best of an American-International education in a supportive learning environment. We inspire a diverse student body to courageously meet the demands of a changing world through an engaging and creative curriculum.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We believe that the dignity and worth of each person in our community must be honored. Guided by honesty and integrity, we build respect, acceptance, and appreciation of ourselves and others.

We believe that working together stimulates learning; nurtures interpersonal relationships; develops effective communication skills; fosters independent thinking and self-awareness; builds community; and results in better outcomes, ideas, and solutions.

We believe that responsibility contributes to self-direction and the opportunities that education provides; it guides students to an understanding of their role in our community and to the compassionate service needed to be productive world citizens.

We believe that the relationships formed through the positive and productive interactions among AOSR’s parents, students, and staff are an invaluable asset in educating our students.

We believe that inquiry, risk-taking, and reflection are at the heart of a rich learning environment; we adapt to the individual needs of our students and nurture their personal and academic growth.

We believe that trust is promoted through the honest and free exchange of ideas and opinions and is strengthened through communication, compromise, and understanding.

School History:

At the American Overseas School of Rome, we are very proud of our long history of providing a challenging, internationally-minded education.

We began in 1947 as the Overseas School of Rome (OSR), a product of five British parents and five American parents who, after finding out that the allied troops were being moved to Trieste, wished to establish an international, non-denominational school that would combine the best of the UK and American systems. With help from the presiding American and British ambassadors to Italy, this group of passionate parents found a location on Via Nomentana (Villa Torlonia) and officially opened the doors to the school for 60 students on October 16, 1947.

In 1951, the school met the demands of a rising enrollment by moving to its current Via Cassia location, and from there, continued to grow. The United States government expressed its recognition of the school's quality educational program, and the importance of the mutual respect and collaboration generated by the exchange of ideas and experiences among members of the multinational student body and faculty, and therefore, gave a grant to the school. The new elementary school was constructed, additional high school classrooms completed, and the gymnasium built.

In 1965, the elementary school extension was completed, as well as the leveling of the field, and the school took on its present-day appearance. The Hillside Theater was added in the early 1970s and several years later, the current name, the American Overseas School of Rome, was adopted.

AOSR has continued to thrive and change with the times, keeping our educational facilities up to date and, with a guiding hand, allowing our students access to the latest technologies. Though the campus has transformed over the years, the original spirit of the school remains intact.

We reflect fondly on our history of international mindedness, high academic standards, and our commitment to creating a close-knit community for well-rounded, respectful, intellectually curious students.

Travel/Living Accommodations: AOSR does not provide housing to students.
Employment Opportunities: AOSR prefers to hire U.S. citizens with experience teaching in accredited schools in the United States or around the world. Most candidates are hired through recruiting agencies; however, AOSR may also recruit professional teachers and administrators who apply directly to the school.
Notes/School Information:

The American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR), is the oldest international school in Rome. AOSR was founded in 1947 to serve the American, international and Italian communities interested in an exceptional educational experience. Renowned locally for its long-standing positive contribution to the community, today the school's population consists of 571 student scholars from fifty-three countries. Designed for diversity and inclusivity, AOSR is the most international school in Rome.

As a mid-sized private school, AOSR is able to provide a rigorous and diverse educational experience in a nurturing, responsive environment. With a majority staff of American teachers and administrators, recruited from the top school systems in the United States and abroad, AOSR uniquely understands the processes and challenges facing American students and parents.

With a comprehensive curriculum, fully aligned to American curricular standards, AOSR offers Tri-Mission students the smoothest academic transition when exiting and entering the school to and from the United States, or other posts abroad.

The optimal size of AOSR provides students with a variety of academic, social and athletic experiences; teachers and staff know students and families by name and practice a policy of open communication. In all three of the schools--elementary, middle and high--staff is engaged in ongoing teaching and curriculum development to meet and exceed current American educational standards.

From its long-established history, it is the proud legacy of AOSR to have educated thousands of past, current, and future global leaders. Through a vast long-standing global alumni network, graduates remain connected throughout a lifetime. With social media and in-person gatherings in Rome and abroad, our alumni stay engaged and involved in the activities and progress of our school. Our alumni have a deep pride and fondness for their time at AOSR, and many return over the years to visit the campus with their families and participate in school events such as the 70th Anniversary Celebration. The event was held in 2017, and hundreds of alumni joined AOSR to celebrate the long and proud history of AOSR.

AOSR is a United States registered 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution. As a non-profit institution, the sole mission of the school since inception has been to exceptionally serve students.