Secondary school

Secondary school is the school that comes after middle school and lasts 5 years. In order to enroll in secondary school, students must have passed the eighth-grade exam (esame di terza media).

Students attend high school from about 14 to 19 years of age. There is an obligation, established by law, to be enrolled and go to school at least until the age of 16, which generally corresponds to at least the first 2 years of secondary school.

At the end of secondary school, students must pass the 5th year exam to complete secondary school studies and obtain the Diploma.

Lessons are usually from September to June, for 5 or 6 days a week depending on the school.

As we will see shortly, there are many fields of study for secondary schools and the internal organization of the annual calendar and timetable is managed directly by the schools. If you have already found one or more schools of your interest, you can contact the school directly for more information on timetables, calendar, etc.

The choice of school is very important. Secondary schools, in fact, guide the student’s academic and working path. It is, therefore, necessary to be very careful in choosing the right area of study for the student, by talking about it with middle school teachers and participating in orientation activities, called open days, organized by secondary schools for students and their parents.

Vocational schools
Vocational institutes are schools where students learn jobs or crafts. These schools give specific training and are chosen by students who want to start working immediately afterward.

Technical schools
Technical institutes are schools that give technical training and practice. After technical school, students can seek employment or can continue studying at university.

Licei are probably the most suitable secondary schools for students who are already thinking of continuing their studies at university. In fact, these are the schools that offer a broad academic background and are organized into 6 specific addresses.

Educational and vocational training (IeFP)

IeFP courses are another type of higher education. These paths are very similar to those of technical and vocational schools because they prepare students on a professional level.

The IeFP courses are managed by the Regions and they last 3 and 4 years depending on the course and location.



Public high school is free, but you will still have expenses to pay. Visit this page to find out the costs of the public school and the economic support.

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