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La Scuola International School: Preschool

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




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Our Preschool

La Scuola's preschool programs are Reggio Emilia inspired, developmentally appropriate and play-based, utilizing an approach that emphasizes autonomy and collaboration as children build self-esteem and respect for one another. 

Children also learn Italian through every day interactions and play. We don't just learn Italian, we learn IN Italian!

La Scuola's pedagogical approach reflects internationally recognized best practices. We implement the now-famous Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and we have long standing relationship with Reggio Children, Italy.  

We believe that children are robust learners who actively construct theories about their world and test their hypotheses through play and social interactions. Teachers provide materials and provocation that help children develop a deep and connected understanding of the world.  Art, music, drama, and sculpture/construction are a part of every day at our preschool, as pre-academic skills are smoothly integrated into the children's play.

Why La Scuola?

 La Scuola educates the whole child - intellectually, physically and emotionally - in a joyful and happy environment.

 Inquiry is the leading pedagogical tool of our transdisciplinary education, thereby fostering critical and creative thinking skills, confidence, integrity, collaboration and empathy.

 Language acquisition is a cornerstone of a La Scuola education. Bilinguals have better cognitive and verbal skills, as well as higher executive function.

 Our students develop a life-long love of learning and become world citizens who care about their local and global communities.

 Children are surrounded by warm and nurturing teachers in an aesthetically beautiful environment, steeped in the Reggio-Emilia philosophy.

 Children graduating from La Scuola have the cognitive, creative and social skills necessary for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

For more information about Admissions, please click here.