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Fast Facts

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La Scuola is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is recognized as an Italian Accredited School ("Scuola Paritaria") abroad by the Ministry of Education in Italy. In our diverse, 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.

School Overview

School Type Preschool - Grade 8 (2 - 14 years)
Curriculum Reggio Emilia Inspired
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Language Immersion
School Type Co-ed, Independent Day School
Year Founded 2002
Grades Enrolling Preschool through Grade 8 in San Francisco
Enrolling Preschool through Grade 1 in Silicon Valley
Campus Locations

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

Silicon Valley Campus (Preschool - Grade 1)
2086 Clarke Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 | 415-551-0000

Community 338 Students
256 Families
95 Staff/Faculty
Faculty to Student Ratio

Preschool       1:6 to 1:8
Grades K-3     1:12
Grades 4-8     1:14 to 1:20

18-24 Average Student Class Size

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.

Students are not required to speak Italian to enroll in preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 6. Students applying to Grades 2 to 5 as well as Grades 7 and 8 are evaluated on a case by case basis during the admissions process. For Grades 6-8, both Italian and Spanish classes are differentiated according to proficiency - beginner/intermediate or advanced.

Diversity by the Numbers


32% - Families that identify as non-white
34% - Students of color
35% - Faculty and Staff of color


25% - Families participating in Sliding Scale Tuition


30 - Languages spoken by La Scuola families
14 - Languages spoken by La Scuola faculty and staff

17% - Families that have at least one Italian speaker at home
83% - Families that do not have at least one Italian speaker at home

Sexual Orientation

3% of students are from LGBTQ families


39 zip codes represented

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 and Middle Years Programme (IB-PYP and IB-MYP) World School
  •     "Scuola Paritaria": La Scuola is fully accredited as "Scuola Paritaria" for Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School by the Italian Department of Education (MIUR) and the Italian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).
  •     National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  •     California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
  •     Council of International Schools (CIS)
  •     Innovative Teacher Project (ITP)
  •     North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)
  •     Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  •     Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)
  •     Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (BADA)
  •     The California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC)
  •     California Independent Schools Business Officer Association (CAL-ISBOA)
  •     The California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS)
  •     National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



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