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Open to the World

The world has changed and it’s time for education to catch up. That’s why, every day, it’s the students at La Scuola International School who ask the provocative questions. They lead—and embrace—their own ability to learn across the lines of subject, culture, and language.

As the only Reggio Emilia-Inspired, International Baccalaureate and Italian language immersion school in the world, our mission is to inspire brave learners to shape the future. We educate the whole child - intellectually, physically and emotionally - in a joyful and aesthetically beautiful environment.

Our inquiry-based immersive Italian language curriculum for Preschool-8th-grade students allows them to foster critical and creative thinking skills, confidence, collaboration and empathy.

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“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.”

 


OPEN: Listening. Eyes. Minds. Arms.

Our students nurture their ability to learn across languages, across cultures, and across subjects. We welcome the opportunity to rise above boundaries and the limits that otherwise confine learning and growing.

Our curriculum unifies three key elements: the Reggio Emilia pedagogy, the International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Program framework, and Italian language immersion.  Together, this trio creates a powerful mix of academic depth, inquiry-based exploration, and a joyful environment that celebrates beauty and discovery.

With 30 represented languages, our diverse and multicultural and multilingual school allows students to grow in a community that balances academic rigor with creativity and real-life tools like cultural awareness and global citizenship.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach?

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.

How are children selected to La Scuola?

La Scuola does not use a ranked wait pool but rather considers variety of factors in admission decisions including:

 Gender and diversity balance

 Affinity with the Reggio Emilia and International Baccalaureate approach to learning

 Use of Italian at home (a small group of Italian speakers supports non-native speakers)

 A child’s age and current developmental range of the class

 Siblings of current families receive preference

 Timely submission of application

 Attendance at open house and parent group interview

How can non-Italian speaking parents support lessons at home?

La Scuola is committed to creating an environment in which Italian is used by children and teachers alike. While not a requirement, parents who speak Italian are encouraged to speak it both at home and at school. Parents who do not speak Italian are encouraged to learn. We encourage families to read Italian books at home with a parent/caregiver for 20 minutes per day.

What is the Atelier curriculum?

The atelier is one of the primary innovations of the Reggio Approach: the school studio and laboratory. The atelier at La Scuola is the heart of our creative expressions. The atelier is a place for experimentation with visual languages, either in isolation or in combination with verbal ones. The atelier is equipped with clay, wire, paint, pens, paper, beads, shells and a variety of recycled, natural materials used by the children in short and long-term projects with the purpose of expressing the “hundred languages” of children.

Children explore a variety of media and techniques as they are encouraged to improvise, experiment and create. The process of experimenting with materials, tools, and ideas is a key component of the curriculum. The creative process is emphasized rather than the product. After children have had ample time to experiment, tools and techniques are introduced as they move toward a desire to create a finished product in relation to their project work.

How do you teach vocabulary to non-Italian speakers?

We translate in many ways: some children help to translate (our community is cooperative), we use visual communication (labels, images, objects around us), and we translate with the use of context, concrete materials, and movement. In some cases the teachers translate.