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A co-educational preschool-8th grade with campuses in the Dogpatch (early education) and Alamo Square (K-8) neighborhoods of San Francisco.

At La Scuola, students are encouraged to think and learn independently, using their minds, their hands, and their hearts. Our unique curriculum combines the creativity of the Reggio Emilia pedagogy with the strong academics of the International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Program (IB-PYP). We use language as a gateway to understanding the world and its diversity. Our students are prepared to pursue higher learning as confident, critical thinkers who are culturally aware and ready to engage with a rapidly changing world.

Fast Facts

 We are currently accepting applications for PreK-6 for Fall 2017

 The preschool program is 90% immersion in Italian

 The K-8 uses the Montreal Model of language immersion:

  • K-1 80% Italian, 20% English
  • 2 70% Italian, 30% English
  • 3-5 50% Italian and 50% English
  • 6-8 70% English, 30% Italian*

 Students coming from Immersion will be placed in an Advanced Italian class, others will be in Level 1

 Spanish is offered as a third language from 4th grade

 Students applying for PreK, K, 1st grade, 5th grade, and Middle School are not required to speak Italian

The best way to understand this exceptional program is to visit La Scuola and watch it in action.