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At La Scuola, we educate the whole child - intellectually, physically, and emotionally - in a joyful and beautiful environment. We believe that children learn through meaningful experiences and exploration of the world around them. Our students are the protagonists in their own learning and we nurture their ability to learn across languages, across cultures, and across subjects. Our mission is to inspire brave learners to shape the future. We empower children to develop a life-long love of learning and become world citizens who care about their local and global communities.

La Scuola is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is recognized as an Italian Accredited School abroad by the Ministry of Education in Italy. In our diverse and multicultural and multilingual school, students grow in a community that balances academic rigor with creativity and real life tools like cultural awareness and global citizenship.

When children are Open to the World and are the protagonists in their own education, there’s no limit to their ability to learn, find beauty in life, and discover extraordinary answers.

School Overview

School Type Preschool - Grade 8 (ages 2 - 14)
Curriculum Reggio Emilia Inspired; International Baccalaureate (IB) World School; 
Language Immersion
School Type Co-ed, Independent Day School
Year Founded 2002
Languages 34 languages represented in our community
  • Families that identify as non-white: 37%
  • Students of color: 34%
  • Faculty / Staff of color: 35%
  • LGBTQ families: 4%
Sliding Scale Tuition 28% of our families currently receive
Grades Enrolling Preschool through Grade 8 in San Francisco
Enrolling Preschool through Grade 1 in Palo Alto
Locations 2021-22

San Francisco Dogpatch Campus (Preschool): 728 20th Street, San Francisco, CA  94107 | 415-558-9006 | 

San Francisco Mission Campus (Grades K - 8): 3250 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110| 415-551-0000 | 

Palo Alto Campus (enrolling Preschool for March 2022 and Preschool - Grade 1 for Fall 2022): 2086 Clarke Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 | 415-551-0000 | 

Inside La Scuola 322 Students
256 Families
75 Staff/Faculty
Faculty to Student Ratio

1:7 to 1:12    
18-24 Average Student Class Size

Preschool - 1:6 to 1:8 
Grades K-3 - 1:12 to 1:14
Graders 3-8 - 1:14 to 1:20

Italian Language Spoken in Class
  • Preschool: approximately 10% English – 90% Italian
  • Grades K-1: approximately 20% English – 80% Italian
  • Grade 2: approximately 30% English – 70% Italian
  • Grades 3-5: approximately 50% English – 50% Italian
  • Grades 6-8: approximately 70% English – 30% Italian
  • Language percentages do not include specialist subjects.

Children are not required to speak Italian to enroll in Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade or Middle School.  Students applying to 2nd through 5th grade are evaluated for language proficiency as part of the admissions process.

General School Hours


Monday - Friday 
8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for half-day schedules
8:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. for full day schedules

Grades K - 2

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Optional Extended Care until 6:00 p.m.

Grades 3 - 8 

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Optional Extended Care until 6:00 p.m.

Accreditation and Memberships

La Scuola is a member of various associations including:

  • Authorized International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) World School
  • "Scuola Parificata": La Scuola is fully accredited as "Scuola Parificata" for Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School by the Italian Department of Education (MIUR) and the Italian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).
  • Council of International Schools (CIS)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Association for the Advancement of International Education
  •  North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)
  •  Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (BADA)
  •  Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative
  •  CalChamber
  •  The California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS)
  •  NAYEC and the Innovative Teacher Project (ITP)

Open to the World

The world has changed and it’s time for education to catch up. At La Scuola International School - the only Reggio Emilia Inspired, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Italian language immersion school in the world - our mission is to inspire brave learners to shape the future. Every day, it’s the students at La Scuola who ask provocative questions and lead their learning across languages, across cultures, and across subjects.  La Scuola educates the whole child - intellectually, physically and emotionally - in a joyful and aesthetically beautiful environment. When children are open to the world and are the protagonists in their own education, there’s no limit to their ability to learn, find beauty in life, and discover extraordinary answers.

We offer an inquiry based immersive Italian language curriculum for Preschool-8th grade students. With Inquiry as the leading tool of our education, students foster critical and creative thinking skills, confidence, collaboration, and empathy.


La Scuola is a licensed childcare center and elementary school under Title 22 rules and regulations. Our facility, program, and staff have been formally inspected and approved by the State of California Licensing Agency.

La Scuola has been a registered 501(3)(c) non-profit since its founding in 2002. Tax ID: 56-2293184