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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 who ask the provocative questions... they lead—and embrace—their own ability to learn across the lines of subject, culture, and language. Because when children are open to the world and protagonists in their own education, there’s no limit to their ability to learn, find beauty in life, and discover extraordinary answers.

La Scuola is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB-PYP (Primary Years Program) World School and is currently a candidate to become San Francisco’s first and only MYP- Middle Years Program World School.

Children entering the Middle School are not required to speak Italian or Spanish. Classes are differentiated according to language proficiency.


Our students build critical thinking skills, creative acumen, and a global perspective through the rigor of the International Baccalaureate curriculum, a progressive pedagogy, and bi-lingual education. We believe La Scuola's middle school program provides students with a strong foundation for success in high school, college and life. Beyond academics, students become independent learners, proficient in life skills such as collaboration, research and communication. 

At La Scuola we educate the whole child, academically, physically and emotionally. Please join us for one of our student-run middle school tours + Q & A with school leadership on October 16, November 20, December 4 and February 12.

If you missed our tours and events, please email La Scuola Admissions to arrange a private tour.

Advantages of an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) Education

The IB- Middle Years Programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

  • build confidence in managing their own learning
  • learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
  • outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
  • consistently have greater success in high school and university
  • thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
  • develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens

Middle School Administration and Faculty

Head of School: Valentina Imbeni, PhD
Middle School Director & IB Coordinator: Douglas Lowney
Dean of Students: Adam Zappa

  • Language Acquisition: Melina Madrigal and Annalisa Sherman
  • Language and Literature: Melina Madrigal, Annalisa Cesarini Shurman, Douglas Lowney
  • Individuals and Societies: Douglas Lowney, Adam Zappa
  • Sciences/Mathematics: Neelam Khanduri
  • Arts: Silvia Bagnacani, Carlo Dean
  • Physical and Health Ed: Travis Greenlee
  • Design: Chiara Fornetti
  • Social/Emotional Learning: Janelle Spanier

IB Policies

Middle Years Programme IB-MYP Curriculum

The MYP organizes teaching and learning through eight subject groups.The programme promotes interdisciplinary study to help students make important connections between academic subjects. The eight subject groups are:

Students are placed into Italian and Spanish language classes based on their language proficiency.


  • Computer Science / Programming / / Scratch
  • One-to-One Chromebook Program
  • Robotics
  • Digital Atelier / Digital Media / Tinkering Atelier

Travel Programs

6th Grade Outdoor Education Overnight Trip
7th Grade National Park Trip
8th Grade Italy Trip

Application Process for Middle School

La Scuola is enrolling 6th - 8th grade students into the Middle School Program in 2020-2021.

  • Complete an Online Inquiry Form
  • Register for a Middle School Tour for Parents
  • Apply to La Scuola by January 15, 2020
  • Parents attend a parent interview with admissions staff and/or faculty
  • Applicants attend a shadow day after application has been received (current 5th - 7th graders applying to 6th - 8th grade)
  • Email Admissions to arrange a shadow day for middle school applicants
  • Take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). Middle School applicants are required to take the ISEE. Students in San Francisco can take the exam at several locations

To register for the ISEE, please visit or call 800-446-0320. Please have scores sent directly to La Scuola International School. The school code is 571047.

Middle School Campus Tours

Wednesdays from 8:45 - 10:45 am at 3250 18th Street (parent event, required)

Click HERE to register for the following dates:

October 16

November 20

December 4

February 12, 2020


If you missed our tours and events, please email La Scuola Admissions to arrange a private tour.

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