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Non-Discrimination Policy

La Scuola admits students of any race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin and accords to them all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to students at La Scuola. La Scuola does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identification, sexual identification or family composition in the administration of its policies, procedures or admission process.

Application Process

  La Scuola is open to the public

 Admission to La Scuola is by application (available October 2019 for the 2020-2021 school year)

 Application forms must be received online by January 15, 2020 to be considered for the 1st round of admissions in March. Sibling applications are due by December 15, 2019. Subsequently applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for any remaining open spots

  All applications received by the specified date will receive equal consideration for the following school year

 Applications are accepted only after the birth of your child

 Admissions decisions for the 2020-2021 academic year will be emailed on March 10, 2020 for preschool and March 19, 2020 for K-8 grades; enrollment contracts will go out at that time

  It is highly recommended that you submit an inquiry form and attend an Open House before submitting an application. We encourage you to read our International Baccalaureate page, our Reggio Emilia page, and our Language Immersion page before you apply.

Current Students

Current students enrolled in Spazio Gioco, Grandi and Grandissimi and their siblings receive priority placement each year. Current families will be asked to confirm enrollment for the following year no later than February 2020, for 2020-2021.

Enrollment Contracts

Completed enrollment contracts must be signed and returned to La Scuola, along with a non-refundable payment of 10% of the yearly tuition by March 17, 2020 (for preschool) and March 26, 2020 (for K-8), to secure the space that was offered.

Wait Pool & Subsequent Year Admission

Parents whose children are not admitted in March can indicate if they want to be placed in a wait pool or not.

If spaces become open during the school year, parents who have indicated that they want to be in the wait pool will be contacted immediately and offered a space at that time.

If you wish to be considered for the following year, you need to apply again with your updated contact and schedule information and indicating which program you are interested in for the following year.

Summer Session

The decision to offer a Summer session is made by the Board of Directors each year and admission is not linked to the academic year admissions process. Summer enrollment is strictly first come-first served. Current students are given priority for admission to the Summer session, and then we open it up to the wider community. 

Italian Language Immersion

La Scuola is committed to creating an environment in which Italian is used by children and teachers alike.

We encourage:

  Children to begin in our 2-3 year old program.

 Parents who speak Italian to commit to using Italian as much as possible when away from school.

  Parents who do not speak Italian to take Italian for parents, offered at other schools we collaborate with, in order to reinforce children’s use of Italian.

You do not need to speak Italian at home in order for your child to attend La Scuola.

    Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA) – Principles of Good Practice

    La Scuola is a member of the Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA), which is a collaboration of Bay Area independent school admission officers whose members meet twice a year to establish common admission dates, educate new members, and discuss current issues in the Bay Area independent school admissions process. In an effort to best serve students and families during the admission process, the Bay Area Directors of Admission developed a set of Principles of Good Practice. These Principles encourage mutual respect among the member schools and support practices, activities, and events that are student-centered, family friendly and age appropriate for our applicants. The Bay Area Directors of Admission believe that you deserve to be apprised of these Principles of Good Practice; a summary of the Principles is therefore listed below.

    BADA Mission Statement

    The Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA) group exists to support families and schools in the admission process by promoting best practices, coordinated timelines, and open communication. Members agree to collaborate in the process of implementing best practices that support smooth, respectful and predictable admission experiences for both families and schools. Membership is open to independent schools in the Bay Area that share and agree to practice the mission of BADA by living the guidelines of best practices, adherence to protocols and deadlines, and maintaining open communication. On behalf of each respective Bay Area independent school, the Bay Area Directors of Admission agree…

      To use common dates for the mailing of decision letters and contracts.

      To accept the “Common Confidential Student Evaluation” forms.

     To attend one regional meeting (BADA, DASBP, etc.) at least every two years.

      To fund prospective students according to their demonstrated need using consistent guidelines for financial aid and as a school’s funds allow.

      To observe “Quiet Week.” “Quiet Week” is the week prior to the contract deadline. During this week schools agree not to initiate contact with families, but rather to allow parents to focus on the decision-making process. Parents may, of course, initiate contact with schools. “In accordance with the Principles of Good Practice of Bay Area Directors of Admission, no member of community will initiate contact with you prior to the contract deadline. Bay Area Directors of Admission have agreed that this is a decision-making time for your family.”

     To act collegially, in the interest of families, upon learning that a student at one independent school applies to another independent school.

      To honor each child and family as unique and work to make the mission of the school clear so that families and schools work together to find the best possible match.

      To represent their schools ethically and professionally, as well as speak with integrity in reference to other schools and educational institutions.

     To offer a place to a student from another BADA school only after receiving an official transcript and confidential student evaluation form from the student’s current school.

    Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area, www.issfba.org, last revised 6/24/2014