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.
At La Scuola, we believe there is Nothing Without Joy. Please click the link below to learn more about our immersion school admissions process and how you can find joy here at La Scoula . You can also view our COVID-19 Health and Safety Information here.
“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.”
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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
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.
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.