All about our partner schools ….

PESARO, I.I.S. S. Marta – Branca


The ‘S. Marta – G. Branca’ Institute is situated in Pesaro along the S.S. 16 in the shelter of Monte Ardizio and a stone’s throw from the beach.

The school provides six courses with different specializations: chef, pastry chef, waiter / bartender,  receptionist,  professional secretary and graphic designer.

During the first two years, our students have the opportunity to deal with the different subjects in order to understand which  sector to take in their third year. At the end of their third year,  students can take an examination which gives them a Regional Qualification.

Our school has got many labs where the students can practice their work;  we have two big kitchens where students learn how to cook,  a very large dining area where students can improve their skills as waiters and bartenders,  two reception areas and three computer rooms for the hospitality, the graphic design and business students.

Our students are often involved in events such as  Gala dinners, culinary events held at school or in town and contests in collaboration with other Italian or European schools.

PESARO, Liceo Mamiani

The Liceo “Terenzio Mamiani” was established in 1884 and over the years has been enriched with new curricula and adapted to the modern context. All the courses provide the study of Maths, IT, English, Italian literature and Natural Science but each curriculum has a strong focus on specific subjects and competences.

“Liceo Classico” Classics curriculum: It offers the opportunity to study Greek and Latin culture in the broadest sense. The curriculum is designed to focus on the language, literature and thought of two foundational ancient civilisations and their reception in modern times. The study of disciplines such as History, Philosophy and Art History not only broadens perspectives, but it also provides the transferable skills in analysis and interpretation and encourages mental versatility.

“Liceo Linguistico” Modern languages curriculum. It was first introduced in 1986 as the first authorized Liceo Liguistico of the Pesaro province. Today it is designed following the national curriculum and provides students with the teaching of three modern languages over the five years. The modern Language course emphasizes both language proficiency and cultural understanding. Fluency and accuracy of language are the basis for effective communication but, at the same time, students relate to the cultural aspects of the language they are studying through literature, history, and culture of the countries in which the target language is spoken. The students become aware of their cultural identity and are ready to interact in any foreign context.

“Liceo delle Scienze Umane” Human Science curriculum. Since the introduction of the new curriculum in 1992 much has changed in the world and in education. This curriculum focuses on the general study of Pedagogy, Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology in recognition of the need for interdisciplinary understanding of fundamental issues and problems confronting contemporary societies.

“Liceo Economico Sociale” Social and Economics Curriculum: this course provides students with a curriculum designed to promote competences in the areas of Economics, Law, modern languages and Human Sciences. With an emphasis on personal identity and social relationships, these content areas focus on enabling students to become literate, analytical thinkers capable of understanding complexity in contemporary social systems

URBANIA, Istituto Omnicomprensivo Della Rovere urbania

Our Istituto Omnicomprensivo Della Rovere is a very rich and complex school organization that begins with the kindergarden and ends with the secondary school. The secondary school has two areas of study: a vocational and a technical one.

The vocational school offers two courses, Fashion Design and Mechanics, which are connected to some of the main activities of our territory. This   gives an opportunity to the students to work as trainees in places where they often have the chance to be employed after school.

The technical institute includes an Economic course , a Technological course for Surveyors and from the next school year an Agricultural course as well.

Our students in the vocational school are mainly work-oriented while half of the students in the technical courses carry on their studies at the university.

Multiculturalism characterises our school and is considered a chance to enrich our culture and share values such as exchange, inclusion, tolerance and cooperation.

Teachers in all types of courses develop lots of projects, some of them in collaboration with local authorities and local companies trying to apply the innovative teaching techniques of problem solving, learning by doing, cooperative learning and role playing so that the students can experience initiative, collaboration, and communication strategies and acquire knowledge and the basic cognitive instruments to be applied in the world of work.


The school is located in a nice small town, Urbania, which is immersed in a beautiful and green countryside. There are various monuments, churches, historical buildings and colonnaded streets in Urbania. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages, Urbania reached its greatest splendour in the Renaissance under the reign of the dukes of Urbino, Montefeltro and Della Rovere. Federico da Montefeltro had the Ducal Palace built and the last duke of Urbino, Francesco Maria II Della Rovere, chose it as his residence until his death. Our school, with its name Della Rovere, refers ideally to this cultured and refined tradition.



Our school is a “double “ school because it is made up of two different courses of study : technological and economic.

The students of the ECONOMIC COURSE acquire skills in

  • Business economics and finance
  • Civil and tax rules
  • Business systems and processes
  • Marketing
  • Informatics
  • Foreign languages

The students of the “Technological course acquire skills in:

  • Building design and plant engineering
  • Timber constructions
  • Topographic survey
  • Health and Safety on the building site
  • Property survey
  • Technical design also by the use of CAD
  • English language
  • Mathematics

The school building is situated in a green area easy to get to and with a lot of space both outside and inside. We are a large community with two different souls.

Fano, Polo3: One School, Many Opportunities

olivettiOur “Polo” includes two vocational secondary schools, two Technical Institutes and an Art Lyceum. The school is located in an area characterized by a large number of craft industries and small factories where the students periodically attend their on-the-job training. The school has a strong connection with the activities carried out on the territory. Most of our students are work oriented.

Our school includes a high number of migrants, some of whom born In Italy, and a significant percentage of students with special needs connected to social or personal (cognitive or physical) difficulties. We also face problems connected to early school leaving and lack of motivation.

IIS “Volta” is a vocational secondary school which also provides vocational training. The subjects characterizing the educational curriculum are connected to the electronic, electrical, thermal and mechanical fields. We also organize short term courses for early school leavers. We keep constantly in contact with the companies based on the territory to find common strategies and prepare our students according to the market requirements. As highlighted in meetings held with local companies, a sound knowledge of English and competences recognized  at a European level represent a main target to be pursued.

The Vocational Secondary School “A. Olivetti” includes two different sections: business and graphics. Students attending the economic section acquire specific knowledge and competence in economics, accounting techniques, ICT, law, foreign languages (English and a second foreign language – French or Spanish) and communication techniques. Students attending the graphic design section acquire specific knowledge and competence in graphic design, photography, ICT, foreign languages (English and a second foreign language – French or Spanish) and communication techniques.

Practical activities using high technology labs and programmes are pivotal in the vocational sector. Starting from the third year, students attend on-the-job-training. Students of all the vocational schools can obtain a regional qualification certificate at the end of the third year.

“Archimede” and “Seneca” are the two technical institutes of our Polo. The first specializes in Transport and Logistics. Being a former naval institute, its curriculum is centered on naval engines and machinery. The second one is focused on graphics, advertising or web designing.

Art Lyceum “A.Apolloni” includes basic cultural subjects, shared arts subjects as well as section subjects. From their third year students are able to choose from the following sections: Fine Arts – Architecture and Environment – Metal and Gold, Furniture Design and Scenic Design. All sections provide students with a solid cultural preparation for further study aiming at enhancing every aspect of artistic creativity,  necessary for entering the world of work.

A group of our teachers has followed CLIL courses in Italy and England and has implemented courses  in their classes. As mentioned above English teachers have followed language training courses in the UK and organized and taken part into partnerships improving working methods thanks to Exchange of good practices.

In the last few years teachers have followed ICT courses to improve computer related competences and worked with their classes using the new methodology acquired. A  class 2.0 has been set up with funding from sponsors and part of staff has followed training courses aimed at teaching with e-learning methods and new educational systems such as the so called “flipped classroom”, the Cooperative Learning and other active and inclusive strategies where students play an active role in the learning – teaching process.

Pesaro, Liceo Mengaroni: Where Innovation Meets Tradition

Cartolina_natale_1Cultural and artistic heart of the city of Pesaro, “Ferruccio Mengaroni” Secondary School of Art combines the artistic tradition of the past with the new learning paths that today characterize its courses. Founded in 1863 as a school of applied arts in support of the production of ceramics – a distinguished craft in our town since the Renaissance – in the course of the decades its scope of action has undergone a constant evolution. The school is named after Ferruccio Mengaroni, former student and master in the art of ceramics, who tragically died in 1925 under the weight of his last work: the “Medusa” which is now one of the symbols of the school.

In line with the demands of a society in constant and rapid change, our students acquire the key skills required for the 21st century. Today we offer courses in different artistic fields such as Graphics, Interior Design, Architecture, Fashion Design, Figurative Arts, Audiovisual and Multimedia Studies. Our students are talented creative people who enjoy the hands-on approach that characterizes our school. Classes take part in a variety of projects, which often entail collaborating with local businesses and institutions.

The students are given different opportunities to learn, to explore the world, to be creative and express their learning. Academic teachers frequently use fine arts strategies and activities in the study of English, Science, and other core subjects. A particular focus on History of Art allows our students to connect to the past and present Italian artistic heritage. Located in the town centre, we often enjoy lessons “en plein air” exploring the traces of our historical past or enjoying lessons in our remarkable public libraries, art galleries and museums.

Inclusion and cooperation are key values in our school. We learn to learn together – to think critically, to express ourselves effectively and creatively. As teachers we enjoy watching our students’ skills and knowledge developing over time through practice: many of them will become the future talents of Italian design.

Urbino, Scuola del Libro: An Eco-School


Our school is a masterwork of a very famous architect of the twentieth century: Giancarlo De Carlo. Many students, from all over the world (Japan, America, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Poland) come to Urbino expressly to visit  our school because they are very interested in both the design and the use of space for educational aims. Seen from outside it looks like a large factory: the metallic roof, in the form of a book, is light blue, at the rear we can see a beautiful garden with a series of cherry-trees, welcoming cats and a variety of birds. The best moments to enjoy the garden are in springtime and in winter: in the former because it is seething and colorful, in the latter it collects a lot of snow we use for diving and fighting with snowballs.

It is a four-floor school, there is an elevator, a large corridor at the entrance in which the productions of the five sections are exhibited. Each floor has small fountains of drinkable water, the large laboratories are normally at the ground floor (for example engraving, etching, printing, sculpture, modeling, serigraph, photography, graphic design, movies studies and animation). The other rooms are used for the disciplinary subjects. What we can see from the windows of the school is a beautiful panorama of Urbino, of Carpegna mountain, the Catria, Monte Nerone, and the Adriatic sea. We can also enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, along with fogs which transform the landscape in a white sea from which emerge small green islets.

It is indeed a beautiful school to live and study in!