Details overview

Hours 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
School leader Valentina Imbeni
Transportation options None
Preschool capacity 150
Summer program No


Basic school information

Dress code None
Day or Boarding offered Day school
Type of school International baccalaureate
Reggio Emilio
Coed/Single-gender Coed

Academic focus and philosophy

Educational philosophy and approach to learning La Scuola uses the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in small groups to optimize their learning. Our curriculum is inquiry based and is inspired by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP). These 2 approaches share a common philosophy: a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that is grounded in creative and critical thinking. The IB curriculum is relevant to the global challenges of the 21st century, which we believe is important for our students.
Academic themes / Areas of focus Arts (all)
Multiculturalism / Global
Instructional / curriculum models used Project-based
Reggio Emilia


Visual Arts
including: Drawing / Sketching
including: Instrumental and theory music lessons
including: Italian
Music Bell / handbell choir
Choir / Chorus
Instrumental and theory music lessons
Performing & written arts None
Media arts Computer animation
Visual arts Drawing / Sketching
World languages taught Italian
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered Italian


including: Art room
Facilities Art room
Garden / Greenhouse
Multi-purpose room ("Cafegymatorium")
Music room
Extra learning resources Differentiated learning programs
Level of special education programming None
Level of ESL/ELL programming None

Early childhood program

Early childhood program offered Yes
Type of center In-school
Early childhood starting age 2 years old
Certified and/or licensed Yes
Accredited Yes
Days open Monday
Requirements for attending Potty independence required for 3 years old and up.
Payment schedule Monthly
Financial aid options Sibling Discount
Preschool meals offered Morning Snack
Afternoon Snack
Social emotional skills development We believe in nurturing the whole child, body and soul. La Scuola teachers and staff strive to create an environment at school that is respectful, open-minded and inclusive. We encourage positive behavior and uphold values that nurture kindness and support of one another. Through educating the whole child, we develop their sense of responsibility to and awareness of others. The goal of this effort is that each child’s innate sense of caring and principle is cultivated and allowed to flourish.
Math skills development Our students are introduced to mathematical concepts by the activities that are offered to them, in the form of blocks & puzzles etc in the younger levels, then, as their interest develops, the older children enjoy counting how many boys & girls in the class & what that total is, as well as counting the number of plates we have & need when setting the table. The older children also enjoy reviewing the calendar each day: counting through the days of the month, and down to holidays & birthdays.
Speech development Our children are exposed to the Italian language at school, as well as their mother-tongue language at home. We encourage our students to sing along to our songs, communicate verbally with their peers, and experiment with the sounds of our languages. Children are invited to speak in front of the whole group in our 'Assembleas', but routinely work in small groups of 4-5 children, allowing them to contribute more to the conversation and ensure that their ideas and voices are heard.
Reading skills development Our children learn reading skills quite organically- when a story is being told with picture books and with labels throughout the classroom. Our children are also encouraged to sign themselves in, starting in the 3yo class, and when that becomes easy, to sign in a friend, exposing them to new letters and sound combinations. They start with recognizing and reading names, and move on to other words and phrases in books. Often, their interest in writing develops alongside their interest in reading.
Typical day and activities Our preschool is Italian immersion. Through their day, the children explore activities inviting all of their senses that encourage them to create, hypothesize & co-construct knowledge. They sit down all together for an 'Assemblea', break into small groups for project and work, have outside play time in our wonderful yard, sit down to eat an organic meal all together, & work through IB framework with a 'Reggio' lens. We also offer specialist subjects in Art, Music and Garden.
Maximum number of infants per adult 0
Maximum number of toddlers per adult 0
Maximum number of 2 year olds per adult 0
Maximum number of 3 year olds per adult 0
Maximum number of 4 year olds per adult 0
Maximum number of kindergartners per adult 0
Maximum number of school-age children per adult 0

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Girls Sports
Boys Sports
Girls sports None
Boys sports None
Clubs None
Extended care / Extended programs Before
Before school start time 07:45 AM
After school end time 05:30 PM
After school program offered Yes
Summer program offered No

After school program

Program name Dopo Scuola
About the program Dopo Scuola is an Italian after school program for elementary school children age 5 and over. The 2-hour class is an extension of the Reggio Emilia-inspired program at the preschool with special focus on project work, which may include art, building projects, gardening, cooking and drama. DS is an Italian enrichment class with hands-on projects that foster creative and critical thinking. Last but not least DS is a wonderful way for children to meet old friends a make new friendships.
Types of activities "Arts (visual, literary, dance, theater, and/or music)"
Types of activities (misc.) Italian, Cooking, Projects
Operated by La Scuola
Days offered Tuesday
Start time 3:30 PM
End time 5:30 PM
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school? No
What grades can participate? K
Is there a fee for the program? Yes
Is financial aid available? No
How can parents find out more about fees? Visit website
Website Http://
Phone number 415 558 9005


Parent involvement Attend parent nights
Chaperone school trips
Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
Organize cultural events
Organize fundraising events
Present special topics during curricular units
Serve on school improvement team or governance council
Volunteer time after school
Parent involvement details A strong parent community is integral to the success of our school and to the quality of education that children receive. Our community is composed of many nationalities and also reflects the diversity within San Francisco in regards to family composition and ethnicity. Each family is asked to volunteer on one of our parent committees or in connection with one of our fundraisers. There are many ways to give your time and energy for the benefit of our children.
Approach to addressing and preventing bullying La Scuola is committed to providing all students with a caring, safe and supportive school environment. All members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect and dignity and share an understanding of their rights and responsibilities. Encouraging appropriate behavior is the strategy of choice for our discipline procedures, and we implement various programs in order to facilitate a supportive school environment which will reduce the risk of inappropriate behavior.


Academic award Bay Area Parent, Best of the Best Award- Best Lanuguage Immersion Program
Year received 2012


including: Cooking / nutrition teacher
Staff Art teacher
Cooking / nutrition teacher
Gardening teacher
Music teacher
World languages spoken by staff French
Staff details Our teachers are dedicated, caring and inspiring individuals who commit to ongoing Professional Development, taking classes, attending workshops and presentations held by other schools, educators and linguistic specialists. Our teachers also participate each year in the Innovative Teachers Project, sharing their work with other Reggio Emilia inspired educators in the Bay Area. Our classroom teachers are Italian or speak Italian with a native-like fluency.


Transportation options None


Application/ enrollment process details *Online application form available starting Oct 2015 *La Scuola is open to the public and Admission is by application only *Application forms must be received by Jan 15, 2016 *All applications received by 01/15/16 will receive equal consideration *Applications accepted after the birth of your child For further information for the Preschool, please visit: For further information for K-8, please visit:
Learn more Http://
Application requirements Application
Application fee
Type of application deadline Contact the school / Multiple deadlines
Application submission begins 10/01/2015
Application deadline 01/15/2016
Application fee amount $100
Application fee waivers available? Yes
Tuition range (low) $10,000
Tuition range (high) $26,000
For the year 2015-2016
Financial aid offered School-based aid
Vouchers accepted No