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March 2016 Press Release

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

La Scuola International School today announced that it has become the first preschool-eighth grade school to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program in San Francisco. 

The IB curriculum is recognized around the world for its progressive approach to learning, which emphasizes academic rigor as well as transferable skills—such as global citizenship, cultural understanding, teamwork and language—preparing students for higher education as well as real life. La Scuola’s current Reggio Emilia method of instruction complements the IB with its focus on child-centered learning and creativity.

“It has been an incredible three years learning and working with our teaching teams to implement the IB curriculum. Our children and teachers have benefited tremendously from collaborating with exceptional educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy and throughout the global IB network,” said La Scuola’s Head of School, Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D.

Chief of Schools Officer for IB, Andrew MacDonald, added, “La Scuola joins a global community of schools that share a common goal to develop knowledgeable, caring young people who will readily negotiate their futures and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world.”

La Scuola was founded in 2002 as an Italian language playgroup and has grown into one of the Bay Area’s most respected innovative language immersion programs as well as a center of excellence for Reggio educators. As the only IB World School that combines the Reggio/IB approach with Italian language immersion, it receives visitors from around the world at its Dogpatch and Alamo Square campuses. La Scuola has a rolling admissions policy and offers tours of the campuses by appointment.