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Admissions Process

Inquire
Complete the online form

Visit
Attend an open house

Apply
Submit an online application

 

1. Inquire

Complete the online inquiry form

Once you submit an Online Inquiry Form, you will receive an automatic email with links to register for open houses and tours.

For immediate openings please contact admissions@lascuolasf.org

Age Requirements for Preschool and Kindergarten

 Spazio Gioco Afternoon Playgroup: 2-3 years (age 2 by September 1, 2020)

 Young Grandi*: 2-3 years (age 2.5 by September 1, 2020)

 Grandi: 3-4 years (age 3 by September 1, 2020)

 Grandissimi/Pre-K: 4-5 years (age 4 by September 1, 2020)

 Kindergarten: 5+ years (5 by September 1, 2020)

    *Children in Grandi with Fall and Winter birthdays between September 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 are considered Young Grandi, and they will be integrated in the Grandi classroom. Typically Young Grandi spend 2 years in the Grandi or Grandissimi age group before entering Kindergarten, which has a cut off date of 5 years old by September 1.

    Children are not required to speak Italian to enroll in preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade or 6th Grade. Students applying to 2nd through 5th Grade or 7th Grade are evaluated for language proficiency as part of the admissions process.

    We are considering bringing back the Piccoli program (2-3 years, age 2 by September 1, 2020). The Piccoli program would be a 5-day-morning or 5-day-full-day program at our preschool campus. Please email us directly at admissions@lascuolasf.org if you are interested in joining a Piccoli class.


    2. Visit

    Attend an open house

    Once you submit an Online Inquiry Form, you will receive an automatic email with links to register for open houses and tours. Please attend an open house or tour before submitting an application form.

    K-4 Campus Open House: 735 Fell Street
    Our K-4 Open House is for the whole family (parents, guardians and children).

    Click HERE to register for the following date:

    K-4 Campus Open House: November 9, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

    Preschool Campus Open Houses: 728 20th Street
    Although we love children, our preschool open houses are for parents and guardians only (except for babies in arms). Please make appropriate child care arrangements.

    Click HERE to register for the following dates:

    Preschool Campus Open House: October 23, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

    Preschool Campus Open House: November 9, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

    Preschool Campus Open House: January 8, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

     

    Attend a daytime school tour

    K-4 Campus Tours: Thursdays from 8:45 - 11:00 am at 735 Fell Street (required for K-4 applications)

    Click HERE to register for the following dates:

    October 24

    October 31

    November 7 

    November 14

    November 21

    December 5

    January 9, 2020

     

    Middle School Campus Tours (Grades 5-8): Wednesdays from 8:45 - 10:15 am at 3250 18th Street (required for Middle School applications)

    Click HERE to register for the following dates:

    October 16

    November 20

    December 4

    February 12, 2020

     

    Preschool Daytime Campus Tours are optional. Once you have submitted an application (available after October 1), you will receive a link to register for a preschool campus tour.

     


    3. Apply

    The Application Form for 2020-2021 is now accessible online. If at all possible, please attend an open house or tour before submitting an application.

    Submit an online application form and a non refundable $100 application fee by January 15th 2020 (1st round of applications). After January 15th, please contact admissions@lascuolasf.org if you are interested in applying for the 2020-2021 school year. La Scuola only accepts online applications and payment is due by credit card through the application process. Please let us know if you need any help during the process. Once the application form has been submitted, you will receive an automatic email with links to register for further admissions events (see below).

    Sibling applications for the 2019-2020 school year are due by December 15th 2019.

    Openings in 2020-2021
    La Scuola will have openings in all preschool grades in 2020-2021.

    Most of our openings next academic year are in the groups and grades listed below:

    - Spazio Gioco Afternoon Playgroup (age 2 by September 1, 2020)
    - Young Grandi: 2-3 years (age 2.5 by September 1, 2020)
    - Grandi (3-4 year olds, (age 3 by September 1, 2020)

    - Kindergarten (age 5 by September 1, 2020)

    - 6th Grade
    - 7th Grade

    Attend a Playdate/Shadow Day
    Required for all grades Spazio Gioco and older.

    Preschool: 728 20th Street
    Parent-child Playdate for Spazio Gioco

    Preschool: 728 20th Street
    Parent-child Playdate for Grandi and Grandissimi Applicants

    Elementary: 735 Fell Street
    Student Playdate and Evaluation for Kindergarten Applicants - Wednesday January 16, 2019

    Elementary: 735 Fell Street
    All-day Shadow day and Evaluation for Applicants for grades 1 and above

    Middle School: 3250 18th Street
    All-day Shadow day and Evaluation for 6th and 7th grade Applicants

     

    Attend an Interview

    Preschool: 728 20th Street
    Group interview with 2-3 couples

    Elementary: 735 Fell Street
    Parent/guardian individual interview

    Middle School: 3250 18th Street
    Parent/guardian individual interview

     

    Attend a Parent-hosted Reception (optional)
    K-8 families can attend a parent-hosted reception at the home of a La Scuola family. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with current families and La Scuola staff members. Events are held in February/March and invitations will be sent to applicant families.

    The Common Confidential Student Evaluation Form should be submitted by January 22, 2020 for Grandissimi (4-5 years) and all grades above. Evaluations for Grandi applicants are welcome.

    On March 10, 2020, La Scuola will email Preschool Admission Decision Letters to families applying to preschool.

    On March 19, 2020, La Scuola will email K-8 Admission Decision Letters to families applying to Kindergarten and all grades above.

     


    Admissions Considerations
    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

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

      Pursuant to California law, each child younger than 2 years old and participating in the Spazio Gioco Play Group must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who remains present for the duration of each session. Nannies, sitters, and non-parent family members may accompany a child if a notarized guardianship form has been provided. No share-care arrangements are allowed. Please contact our director for more information.

       

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