Benvenuti alla Scuola!
My name is Valentina Imbeni. I have had the privilege of being the Director of La Scuola International School for the last seven years and I am the mother of two La Scuola graduates. In 2012, as the school expanded its programming into elementary school education by founding La Scuola, I was honored to have been asked to be the founding Director.
At La Scuola the child is the protagonist.
The core of our philosophy is the belief that children are smart, competent and the protagonists of the learning process.
We believe that children learn through meaningful experiences and exploration of the world around them. We also believe that it is through relationships and interactions with adults and with their peers that their learning deepens.
We believe that children learn best when they feel safe, nurtured and understood, and our staff strives to meet the needs of the group as well as the needs of the individual child. The teacher’s role is to support and facilitate development and learning, to provide the provocations that lead to discovery and understanding. Our aim is to develop the whole student: physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
At La Scuola we will offer your child the chance to be immersed in the Italian language and culture; we will teach them using the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in small classes to optimize their learning; and our curriculum is inquiry based and is inspired by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP). La Scuola is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme and our school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that La Scuola believes is important for our students. This world-class education model is grounded in creative and critical thinking, and is relevant to the global challenges of the 21st century.
We have a lively, warm and very diverse community of parents, with 16 languages spoken at the school and different family structures. Our parent body are from all over the world and include a mix of lovers of bilingual education, Italian speakers, Italian-Americans, and lovers of Italian language and culture and the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.
You can expect to get to know your fellow parents and to make many friends! Your children will as well. They will eat a healthy/organic Italian meal cooked on-site daily and will be in a friendly and caring environment that is conducive to forming bonds with their classmates and teachers. We warn you that there will be hugs!
We invite you to visit us and to learn more about La Scuola. Thank you for your interest in our school.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.