We have classes for 2-3 year olds, 3-4 year olds and 4-5 year olds. We currently offer an afternoon playgroup (Spazio Gioco) for 2-3 year olds. Preschool programs for 3-4 and 4-5 year olds are morning or full-day programs.
Spazio Gioco (2-3 year olds) meets twice a week in the afternoon either Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. Starting in 2018-2019 Spazio Gioco will also be available 4 afternoons per week. The Grandi program (3-4 year olds) and Grandissimi program (4-5 year olds) are 5 day programs. Extended care is available until 5:30 PM.
We do not require children to speak Italian when they enter the preschool, and the large majority of mono-lingual children will just pick up a second language when exposed to it consistently. We try to keep a balance of Italian speaking and non-Italian speaking families at the school. We ask parents who do not speak Italian, to show their child that they value bilingual education, by reading Italian books, singing songs and if possible, learn Italian themselves.
At La Scuola, the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to learning is a pillar of our educational philosophy. We view children as the protagonists of the learning process. Children learn at their own pace by experiencing the world around them and interacting with parents, peers and teachers. Through materials and provocations provided by teachers, children explore, experiment and discover the world. This happens in a thoughtful space where the environment is viewed as the “third teacher”. Reggio Emilia-inspired schools often have an atelier (a special workshop where art and project-based learning takes place), a piazza, where children congregate and share meals and an outdoor space that provides additional learning opportunities.
The best way to get to know our school is by attending one of our open houses (registration required), which take place in the fall and winter. Once we receive your completed online application and application fee, you have the option to join a small tour of the preschool. Tours are offered from November – January.
For the 2018-2019 school year, La Scuola’s online application form is due by January 15, 2018. We ask prospective parents to attend an open house and familiarize themselves with our programs by exploring our website, before submitting an application. The open house schedule is published on our website in September.
Yes! La Scuola is one school, Preschool through 8th grade (enrolling up to 7th grade in 2018-2019, up to 8th grade in 2019-2020. We would like to meet all prospective families who are looking to join our school and community through 8th grade. The parent interviews are informal group interviews with 2-3 couples at a time.
Enrollment decision letters for preschool grades for the 2018-2019 school year are emailed on March 6th, 2018.
We have a few spots in each class for children with fall birthdays. For instance, Grandi applicants are 3 years old by September 1, Young Grandi applicants are 3 years old by December 1. If your child turns 3 in fall 2018 you can apply for a Young Grandi spot by selecting Grandi in the application form. Young Grandi are integrated inside the Grandi classroom. The assumption is that Young Grandi will be in Grandissimi for 2 years (2 different classrooms, different sets of teachers) to meet the Kindergarten cut of date of 5 years old by September 1.