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Valentina Imbeni, Head of SchoolBenvenuti a La Scuola, the First International Baccalaureate (IB) K8 World School in San Francisco and the first Reggio Emilia – IB - Italian Immersion school in the world.

La Scuola’s mission is to “Inspire Brave Learners to Shape the Future” through our unique combination of the Reggio Emilia pedagogy (our heart), the rigorous IB Curriculum framework (our head) and Italian language immersion (our soul). Our approach promotes a life long passion for learning and gives our students both the academic and the socio-emotional skills they will need to thrive, fulfill their unique potential and be happy.

At La Scuola, we don’t view children as empty vessels that we fill with information, but as learners.  If you can help a child get to the answer by themselves then they will never forget it -- they will own their own learning experience and it will stay with them.  This approach provides our students with the academic and the socio-emotional skills they will need to thrive, fulfill their unique potential, and be happy.

At La Scuola we also share a common mission with the global community of IB schools: to change the world through education. Our faculty is diverse, international, talented, creative and committed: they are the ones guiding La Scuola’s students, and our world toward a better future.

Our students ask challenging questions, seek difficult problems and think innovatively and creatively to wade through the tides of change ahead of them. They think beyond their immediate environment and engage with the many different people of our increasingly globalized world. They celebrate diversity, rather than fear it. Our students are at the center of the learning process: and they fill us with joy and wonder everyday. Our students will grow to be kind, wise, and intelligent, and they will make this world a better place.
 
I hope that you will visit La Scuola and experience our beautiful school environment, our welcoming community of students, teachers and parents and that sense of openness, optimism and joy that I feel everyday when I walk through the doors of both of our campuses.

Con Stima
Valentina Imbeni
Nothing without Joy - Niente Senza Gioia!