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Preschool (2 - 5 years)

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Where the joy and curiosity of learning at La Scuola begins!

For our preschool students, the senses are everything! Our San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses were designed very intentionally by renowned architect Michele Zini of ZPZ Partners in Modena, Italy who is recognized globally for creating Reggio-inspired schools and ateliers. Each space on campus sparks interest by intentionally igniting the senses with color, texture, movement, beauty and joy. Take a 3D virtual tour.

The La Scuola preschool program is rooted in Reggio Emilia, an approach that emphasizes autonomy and collaboration as children build self-esteem and respect for one another in a play-based environment.

We believe that children are robust learners who actively construct theories about their world. They test their hypotheses through play and social interactions. In a small class setting (ratios of 1:7 for Piccoli and Grandi and 1:8 for Grandissimi) teachers offer materials to help children to 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.

Preschool Half-day and Full-day Schedules

Classroom Age Days Hours

Piccoli & Piccolissimi
Age 2 by September 1

2-3 years Mon-Fri
(5 days)
Drop-off:  8:45 - 9:00 am
Half-day pickup:  12:45 - 1:00 pm
Full-day pickup:  4:45 - 5:30 pm
Grandi
Age 3 by September 1
3 - 4 years Mon-Fri
(5 days)
Drop-off:  8:30 am - 8:45 am
Half-day pickup:  1:00 - 1:15 pm
Full-day pickup:  4:45 - 5:30 pm
Grandissimi / PreK
Age 4 by September 1
4 - 5 years Mon-Fri
(5 days)
Drop-off:  8:15 am - 8:30 am
Half-day pickup:  1:15 - 1:30 pm
Full-day pickup:  5:00 - 5:30 pm
Please note, during the school year there may be slight adjustments to the schedules listed above and changes will be communicated by Campus Administration.
Spazio Gioco Playgroup
Preschool interior
Preschool garden small group inquiry

Program Requirements

Children need to be potty-learned to be in the Grandi and Grandissimi classes.

Children do not need to speak Italian to enroll at La Scuola. Most do not.

La Scuola is the only school in San Francisco to offer the International Baccalaureate™ Primary Years Program -- IB-PYP -- (from ages 3-12). The IB is an internationally recognized educational framework that nurtures young students to think critically, care deeply and make a positive impact in the world.

More Preschool Information

Please submit an Online Inquiry Form, or check out our Visit page for more info on upcoming Open Houses and Events. You can also take a VR 360 tour of our preschool campus.