Mission and Heritage
Marymount International School Rome is a private, Catholic, English-speaking, co-educational school that aims to further the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. We welcome students of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and offer an excellent program of studies and extra-curricular activities. We seek to guide students towards the achievement of their full potential by empowering them to think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively and learn continuously. It is our goal that a Marymount student should desire to celebrate God’s love, respond generously to the needs of our world, and promote justice and dignity for all.
At Marymount, we strive to develop students who are capable, honest, and respectful, and who are prepared both academically and spiritually to be lifelong learners and leaders of tomorrow.
Marymount International School Rome was founded in 1946 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). The school mission and vision reflect the mission of the RSHM, which is:
- To know and love God
- To make God known and loved
- To proclaim that Jesus Christ has come in order “that all may have life.”
This mission finds expression in the following Goals and Criteria by which an educational institution is identified as belonging to the RSHM network. These goals are implemented within a school community which is composed of Board of Trustees, Board of Regents, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students, graduates and former students.
The Institute of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) was founded in Béziers, France in 1849 by the Venerable Father Gailhac and Mother St. Jean Cure-Pelissier and embraced a mission of education from the very beginning. In 1903, the Congregation sent Mother Joseph Butler to New York, assigning her the mission of bringing Catholic education to young girls in America. Under her leadership, the first Marymount opened in Tarrytown, New York in December 1907.
Mother Butler brought RSHM education to Italy in 1929, after meeting with Pope Pius XI, whom she had come to visit upon her election as the Superior General. The first Marymount in Rome was established on Via Nomentana in 1930, where the bilingual Istituto Marymount is today.
In 1946, a delegation from the U.S. Embassy approached the RSHM about opening an international school to serve the children of Allied personnel in Rome following WWII. Rising to the occasion with great fortitude and enthusiasm, the RSHM officially opened Marymount International School on October 16, 1946 with 30 students, twice as many as expected.
Following a period of significant growth in its student population, the school in 1953 purchased and moved to the magnificent Villa Lauchli in the northern part of the city, where Marymount is situated today. Three years later, the school completed construction of the second academic building on campus, the spacious and light-filled Butler Hall, which now houses the Secondary School. In 1962, the residence building opened, accommodating the female boarders, a chapel, and the dining room in what is today St. Jean Hall. A building for the Congregation’s headquarters, Gailhac Hall, followed in 1968 and now houses the Elementary School.
Marymount introduced the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in 1985, adding an important element to the school’s curriculum for Secondary School students. In 1991, the profile of the school changed substantially when the school became entirely co-educational, having previously admitted boys only until Grade 3. Subsequently, the school discontinued its boarding program in 1995 and reconfigured the dormitory to house an exceptionally colorful Early Childhood Center and additional Secondary School classrooms.
The school’s campus expanded in 2001 with the purchase of an additional seven acres of land, and again in 2006 when the City of Rome agreed to lease land adjacent to the campus for the development of a soccer field. Marymount today is a vibrant learning community that continues to attract exceptional students from all over the world.