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Our Approach

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At La Scuola, learning is a part of everything that we do, not just what happens in the classroom. While our school experience is rooted in highly regarded curricula, the magic of La Scuola is more than what we teach. It is how we teach and learn, which is truly a way of living, thinking, and interacting with the world.

 
Now is the perfect time for a community like La Scuola.

In today’s often disconnected society, we see it as essential that children ask good questions, respect different beliefs and perspectives, and appreciate the joys and beauty of everyday moments. Our school culture revolves around human connections—affecting everything we do, from how we eat meals to how we resolve conflicts to how we greet each other with affection. Just like a big family.

La Scuola is an International School and a Global Community

Our families come from a wide range of backgrounds and speak more than 34 different languages, and the breadth of that global community is the foundation of our school experience. With their ability to see things through others’ eyes, La Scuola students see beyond the boundaries of right and wrong to understand nuance, appreciate empathy, and lead towards a more open, connected world.

We offer best-in-class curricula that leverage all that is known globally about teaching, learning, and child development.

That includes International Baccalaureate, Reggio Emilia, Singapore Math, Columbia Writer’s Workshop and Pollyanna, a renowned racial literacy program, among others.

We see students as individuals capable of doing and communicating their abilities and interests in extraordinary ways.

Our students engage in self-directed learning and class discussions flow from their inquiry, instead of from a predetermined course. When students are asking the questions, they are also paying attention to the answers and why those answers matter, and our graduates emerge as naturally curious, lifelong learners.

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Elementary students working in pairs
Middle School students playing pluck-stringed instruments
We foster inter-disciplinary thinking.

Today’s world demands the ability to transcend subjects, navigate among cultures, and communicate in multiple languages. Innovation happens in the fulcrum where these diverse ideas and methods intersect and react. This kind of fluid thinking happens so naturally for La Scuola students that they are not even aware of it. We know this sets our graduates up for success in high school and beyond.

Language immersion enhances students’ cognitive development.

Bilingualism has been proven to have a significant impact on educational success, attention, decision-making and overall happiness. Learning a second language does not interfere with the acquisition of English - in fact, it enhances it! Our students are proficient in both Italian and English.

Learn more about the benefits of language immersion.

We foster an appreciation for joy and beauty.

Our school experience is grounded in the values of Italian culture: appreciation for food, music, art, architecture, creativity, and the joy of spending time with family and friends in community. We designed our campus to be a place of light, beauty, and love that inspires all the senses. La vita e ́bella!

Learn more about our age-specific programs:

Preschool

Elementary School

Middle School