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Preschool campus: 728 20th Street, K-8 campus: 735 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

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(415) 551-0000
(415) 390-9006
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January 26, 2015
Currently, it is listed as having "0" music program, however, there is a fantastic one at La Scuola!! The children attend music class twice a week, with a focus on nurturing their ears, crafting their appreciation of all types of music and applying what they're learning to new materials arranged specifically for them by their amazing teacher. The music program is tailored to meet the individual needs of each class and the children are regularly exposed to live music from small ensembles visiting the school to trips to the San Francisco Symphony. We are truly lucky to have such an enriching music program at La Scuola - my daughter is thriving there.

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November 15, 2014
Our daughter was in Spazio Gioco last year and now in Piccoli at La Scuola and we couldn't be happier. The school is beautiful and perfectly designed for children to explore and play. This campus will be the location for the preschool, but they've also just opened up a new location on Fell Street for the K-8 expansion planned in the coming years. We're excited about the IB PYP program as well and have had a great experience with the school.

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November 13, 2014
My daughter has been a part of the earliest program offered at La Scuola, called Spazio Gioco, for a few months. Part of this program (different from pre-school) is that a parent attends the class with their child. The enormous advantage of this, of course, is that we see and experience first hand what's happening in the classroom, our child's happiness in the environment and with the teacher, etc. There's no opportunity like that anywhere else. Happily, my daughter is so enamored of the space, the language, and *especially* her teacher, that she asks to go every day! (The class is just 2 days per week). She startles us now when she bursts into song in Italian (we speak very little Italian at home, that's solely the influence of class.) Plus the opportunity to meet other parents in the setting is just lovely. The environment is supportive and respectful of the child while subtly enforcing rules (washing hands regularly, food only in a certain area, etc). We are all very happy to be a part of this unique environment.

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November 10, 2014
La Scuola feels like a big family. The teachers, staff and parents are amazingly friendly and I'm proud to be part of the community. We are big fans of the Reggio Emilia learn-while-doing philosophy. Excited to be a part of the school.

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October 23, 2014
My daughter attended the Pre-School at La Scuola for 4 years. We love it so much that we decided to send her to the elementary school as well. But who wouldn't? They've got language immersion (Italian), an IB curriculum (doesn't get better than that), great teacher/student ratios (1:10), and nurturing my daughter to be curious in the world. She loves learning. I smile when she runs around the house with a tape measure, her joys are research projects. She claims she wants to be a princess astronaut! I'm just happy that she is thrilled to go to school every day.

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October 23, 2014
La Scuola is a warm, caring, nurturing environment that teaches children to love learning. I am always amazed at how curious, confident and friendly all the children are. And how engaged the teachers and staff are in their work, with lots of professional development and care in the development of the school. I am thrilled that my children have a chance to attend this incredible school.

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September 30, 2014
La Scuola has been a fabulous place for my two youngest children. I have a current Grandissimi, who at 4 years old is trilingual and very proud of it. He is able to alternate between English with friends to Italian with classmates and teachers to Spanish with Mom and grandma. Beyond the language piece, La Scuola's positive and beautiful environment makes it a joy to be in the space- for kids and parents. He doesn't want to leave and a parent cannot ask for a greater benefit than a child that enjoys learning and being at school. It is a wonderful community of families and the teaching and admin staff are top notch.

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February 09, 2014
My son started at La Scuola last year in 1st grade, we couldn't be happier. The school is a gem, the teachers and staff love their jobs and deeply care about the kids. The integrated curriculum and project based learning approach is great. Kids are learning everywhere, in the garden, classroom, the city on field trips, art room. It is all connected & well planned. We are not Italian, but we wanted a good international education and the IB program really appealed to us. Since this is a startup school, I believe the leadership is a very good predictor of how well the school will continue to do as it grows. The head of the school is a brilliant, dedicated and energetic woman, she really understands kids and cares about what's best for them. She is very creative and resourceful and always finds solutions to any problem. The staff and the teachers are very competent, energetic, work very well together and engage the parents in meaningful ways. In my kid's previous school parents were treated as free resources, not at La Scuola. The community is very tight and each of us bring a different expertise. Most importantly my son loves going to school every morning, nothing beats that.

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January 29, 2014
My twin girls first started in the pre-school program at La Scuola when they were three and a half and they are now almost seven years old in 1st grade. I am thrilled with La Scuola and my children are completely thriving. They love going to school and I love seeing them so keen to learn and so curious about the world. My daughters speak Italian and English and are able to speak confidently about projects they are working on at school. They have a wonderful and warm relationship with all their teachers, fellow students, Italian chefs and the admin staff. They fully enjoy the variety of art, math, science, music, literacy, gym and gardening aspects of their days and the wonderful Italian hot lunches too!

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January 07, 2014
Our son is in Kindergarten at La Scuola and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are amazing - highly qualified and experienced, warm and engaged. The approach - Reggio Emilia inspired and now orienting toward the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (La Scuola is SF's first candidate school!) is very progressive, interdisciplinary, project-based - but also fundamentally a sound education rooted in deep knowledge of pedagogical theory and child development. After all, how many schools in SF employ a full time pedagogista? The kids are learning all of the requisites (and they are woven together in compelling ways to keep the kids engaged and to bring reading, math and science to life) and they also enjoy great extracurriculars such as gardening and soccer. The "perks" such as a hot homemade lunch everyday are not bad either! I am confident that our son will thrive and that his education here will provide him with a 21st century education and will make him a true global citizen.

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October 14, 2013
This is our first school/child care experience for our 2.5 year old son and (being new parents) we were very concerned about making sure that he would be well taken care of, feel safe and have fun in the environment. La Scuola has proven to be a wonderful home away from home for him and he now races in when we drop him off. The school is deeply committed to their philosophy and to the children - I personally love their genuine belief that children should be respected and paid attention to, which is illustrated through their Reggio Emilia approach. The preschool is wonderful and they are in the process of expanding to K-8 (yay!). We are thrilled to be part of the community!

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October 11, 2013
Note: this review is for the pre-school La Scuola, formerly known as La Piccola Scuola Italiana (LPSI). I sent my older child to LPSI for 5 years, until he went off to Kindergarten. My younger child is in his third year at La Scuola now, so I have 8 years of combined experience as a parent at LPSI/La Scuola. The pre-school, in its new since 2010 location, is an incredible place for a young child to explore the world and develop his social skills in fun and happy environment. The Italian immersion for us has been particularly important and La Scuola deliver on that. A unique and great advantage of the school is he amazing food prepared by the on-site, full-time cooks. These kids are so lucky and they don't even know it! On top of that, I would also mention the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and the integral part of the environment. If you visited the school you know what I am talking about. The teachers are very caring and I also trusted La Scuola to be a very safe place, striking the right balance between ensuring the safety of the kids and at the same time allowing them to explore the world around them.

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October 06, 2013
I have 2 children who attend La Scuola. We couldn't be happier with the teachers, administration, philosophy and facility. It is truly a gem of a school.

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September 11, 2013
I have two children attending the Pre-K program at La Scuola, it is our third year in the program. Everything has been great. My children love their teachers and are learning Italian very well. The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching is great and my kids seem to do very well with it. All the teachers and staff are well educated, experienced, caring and attentive to the student's needs. There's a Italian cook on site that prepares snacks and lunches for the children. Their table manners learned at school have been a blessing at home. There is a great parent community to support the teachers, school and each other.

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September 03, 2013
This is for the new K-8. This is our second year at the school. We feel very involved in what's happening day to day and long term. It's definitely a startup, and has teething troubles now and again, but the teachers and the principal are devoted to the kids. As someone else said, the K-8 isn't Reggio Emilia per-se although it's clearly inspired by the constructivist ideas from that school region. It is applying to be an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school. Our kid is super happy there, and has grown tremendously.

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June 03, 2013
In response to the one-star review below, I disagree with the reviewer's assessment of the Reggio Emilia practices at LPSI. My daughter has attended the school since 2010 ( the first year at the "new" space) and both my husband and I are delighted with her progress. The teachers send weekly "momenti della vita" newsletters with pictures of the children, written transcripts of conversations between the kids and an overview of what the children were interested in that week. At each parent-teacher conference I was presented with several pictures of my child, along with samples of their artwork and projects, and suggestions for playdates. I'm unsure if the previous reviewer's child attends the preschool or the K-8, but the cornerstone of the preschool IS it's Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. By definition, Reggio Emilia education applies to preschool learning, so the elementary school is not Reggio Emila-inspired, but rather International Baccalaureate (IB), which promotes the same sort of explorative and creative learning as RE. Overall, we are immensely pleased with every facet of the school and are sending our daughter to the young K program in the fall. I highly recommend.

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May 28, 2013
I liked the idea of having an Italian full immersion in San Francisco . The school has great ideas of the immersion and the Reggio Emilia approach is great. The new building is well done and the community very nice. However I must say they do not apply what they want to be. The teachers are seldom Reggio Emilia trained and a parent can hardly understand if their children really develop their sense of exploration, imagination, creativity and collaboration. For example I was expecting that the teacher observed and documented the daily life of the school to make learning visible, (using a variety of documentation methods, such as cameras, tape recorders, and journals, to track children's thoughts and ideas as they play together or work with materials).about what my child was learning at school. But this never happened in this school. And I just learned that they are changing the teacher again next year.

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September 20, 2012
Our two children attend preschool here and it is our third year in LPSI. This school has great leadership and an amazing and generous Community. Everyone loves the director. The teachers are ALL competent and loving. There has been some turnover but with great new additions. The brand new space in 20th and Tennesee is beautiful and inspiring. And all the children look so happy in their interactions with teachers, other children, and enjoying their surroundings, including their little garden. They eat organic fresh made Italian recipes, and seat at the table,with table cloth and silverware. What I love the most is how confident and inspired children can become there. I cannot be thankful enough to this school. I highly recommend it!

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September 12, 2012
Amazing school. We have had our son here since pre-school. High level of quality focused on the child. A nurturing and provocative environment that excites and interests children in learning and discovering. The entire child is considered (not just the mind which is important) but the individual and his/her social involvement and interests. We are very lucky that this school is now continuing through 8th grade.

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La Scuola’s vibrant and diverse international community inspires critical thinking, creative expression and fosters lifelong passion for learning. We offer children the chance to be immersed in the Italian language & culture; we follow the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in small groups to optimize their learning, & our curriculum is inquiry based on & inspired by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP). La Scuola is a candidate school for the Primary Years Program.

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La Scuola
Preschool campus: 728 20th Street, K-8 campus: 735 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA  94107
(415) 551-0000
Last modified La Scuola is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
La Scuola Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top