La Scuola International Peninsula
La Scuola International School is excited to announce the expansion of its unique blend of Reggio Emilia, Language Immersion, and International Baccalaureate program with the opening of La Scuola International Peninsula, a Preschool Early Childhood campus in East Palo Alto.
We are actively gathering information from families interested in enrolling in Preschool classes (ages 2-5) in February 2022, and families interested in Kindergarten / Grade 1 enrollment for August 2022.
At La Scuola, we foster an appreciation for joy and beauty. Our campus and program stimulate all of the senses, inspire an appreciation for food, music, culture, and the joy of spending time with friends, and the community. From colorful spaces to learn and connect, to Ateliers specially designed to ignite the artist, musician, or designer within, at La Scuola, we have always seen the environment as a child's first teacher.
La Scuola Peninsula is located less than 10 minutes from the Facebook main campus and 15 minutes from Stanford University on the former campus of The Primary School at 951 O'Connor Street, East Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Our Admissions Team will be in contact with you very soon. We look forward to hosting tours and visits in the fall.
Open Houses, Campus Tours & Visits
Virtual Information Session
Come and join us to learn more about our program and curriculum! You will have the opportunity to meet our Leadership Team and Educators. We are enrolling Preschool children for a February 1, 2022 start, who are ages 2-5, and Kindergarten / Grade 1 students for August 2022 start.
- Thursday, September 30, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
In-Person Campus Tour - Dogpatch
You are invited to visit our beautiful Reggio Emilia-inspired San Francisco Preschool Campus, while our Peninsula campus is being renovated. Walk through the unique learning spaces and discover the joyful environment where our students learn!
- Wednesday, September 22, from 6-7 p.m.
- Saturday, October 2, from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. & 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Virtual Q&A Session for Prospective Parents
Meet our Teachers, Administrators, and Head of School as they outline our plans to open in February 2022 with Preschool classes and enrollment for Kindergarten/Grade 1 classes in August 2022.
Creating our Palo Alto Campus
Environment as the Third Teacher
La Scuola is a Reggio Emilia School families can rely on to truly immerse their children in the language and culture. Our inquiry-based learning is aimed at provoking children’s creative and innovative thinking and problem-solving and we are open to different avenues of exploration. Environments are set up to entice the children to explore and experiment in order to host and participate in debate, discussion, and inquiry.
Our designer, Michele Zini, of ZPZ Partners, is world-renowned for designing Reggio-inspired spaces and is the primary designer of our Dogpatch campus and permanent K-8 Campus in the Mission.
Atelier between Classrooms
The main concept is creating a porch all around the central garden that becomes the icon of the Peninsula School. The entrance goes on the south side. The project is based on the central garden, which becomes the open-air piazza of the school. The porch changes the orientations of the rooms and the rears become fronts.
At the same time, it is a solution for hiding the HVAC machines.
The idea is to keep the general layout of the campus to optimize the existing pathways and change the contents. A new play area, with wooden chips and a couple of beautiful play structures, all in wood, is in the center. A free play area is on the west side, close to the classrooms, with some fruit trees, pollinators, wild nature elements; it is completed with a mirror posts labyrinth, that creates ambiguous and interesting overlapping between natural and artificial, and a chill-out zone with shadow.
The existing sandbox is confirmed, a large hammock under a tent is paired, and the soccer field is brand new. In front of the ateliers, the lunch area, and afterschool areas, there is an outdoor atelier, organized around an existing large tree. The green atelier is set on the southeast side: a sunny spot, quiet, with the planters for the vegetable garden ADA accessible, woodchips among them, decomposed granite in paths, a large shed, and shadow from existing trees.