Homeschooling in Italy

Courses for ages 4 to 18

In recent years, Wolsey Hall Oxford has seen an increasing number of students homeschooling in Italy enrolling on our courses. Families in Italy are frequently looking to home education options as an alternative to public school.

In Italy, homeschooling is a fully legal educational option.

If not homeschooling, attendance at Lower Secondary school is compulsory for ages 11-14. At age 14, students must make a choice as to the kind of Upper Secondary school (scuola superiore) they want to attend, according to which subjects they would like to specialise in and what they would like to do in the future.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

Contact our team now to find out more about homeschooling in Italy.

Equivalent qualifications

Wolsey Hall equivalent course
Scuola secondaria di primo grado (first grade secondary school; “middle school“)
Lower Secondary Level
Diploma di Licenza della Scuola Media
Diploma di Esame di Stato
A level
Sofia is homeschooling in Italy

Meet Italian homeschooler, Sofia

Sofia has been homeschooling in Italy with Wolsey Hall since she was eight years old.

Now 14, Sofia continues to supplement her education with Wolsey Hall while also attending a local school. Sofia is now studying A level Maths with us while also studying IGCSE Chemistry, IGCSE Biology and IGCSE English.

How our courses work

Our courses are designed to give full flexibility to students allowing them to study;

  • At a time and location that is convenient for them
  • At their own pace
  • At an appropriate level regardless of their age
  • The number of subjects that is right for them

Our courses provide a flexible, enjoyable, varied and multi-media method of studying that helps to develop independent learners.

A level student homeschooling in Italy

How the UK education system works

Choosing to homeschool in Italy

For up to date advice, we always advise families to contact the local authorities regarding homeschooling requirements in their country.

Parents/ guardians homeschooling in Italy need to notify the appropriate school authorities each year of their intent to homeschool (dirigente scolastico). They must provide a self-certification to the school district in which they state that they have the ‘technical’ and ‘economic’ capacity to teach their children at home. ‘Technical capacity’ means that the parent has completed a level of schooling beyond that of the children he is currently teaching. ‘Economic capacity’ simply refers to financial means.

Parents/ guardians need to enter their children for exams as private candidates, in a centre which they can reach in Italy or near to where they will be living.

I have just finished consulting with Michelle about Truman and his studies. She is really an amazing asset to your organization, her ability to understand children really blew me away. She has recommended several methods for us to ensure that Truman enjoys and succeeds in his education through Wolsey Hall. We’re really excited to get started.

Rebecca Atkins – Homeschooling Three Children


Our courses

Secondary homeschoooling courses

Lower Secondary