La Scuola is an amazing preschool, from every perspective. My daughter recently finished three years of preschool there and my son is in his first year of preschool. It has fulfilled every need I could possibly imagine - a warm, loving environment for my kids (they both started young, and full time, M-F all day from the age of two), an open and inspiring visual space (where they spend almost 40 hours a week!), a sheltered outdoor yard where they can play and explore in the garden and with their buddies, the Reggio Emilia approach of teaching and inspiring young children to ask questions and be curious, to be creative, to solve their own mysteries, to creatively explore possibilities, and not to mention to learn Italian (which we support at home almost 50% of the time). It is a nurturing, creative, affectionate environment with great parent - teacher communication and a wonderful community including other teachers / administrators and other families. You always feel that someone is looking out for your child and everyone gets to know them on a very real and close level. Children are fed at school and taught early on to serve themselves, clear dishes, use real water glasses, etc. They are empowered which has a great impact on their self-confidence and are taught to be accountable for themselves. It's more than the language, the songs, the arts offered - it's truly a very special place / home away from home.
We LOVE La Scuola! I came across La Scuola when searching for Reggio Emilia preschools for my daughter. My husband and I weren't initially considering an immersion school for her, but as soon as we attended an open house, we fell in love. It was like no other preschool we visited. The teachers are warm, caring, patient, thoughtful, intelligent, and creative. The classrooms are beautiful and well-equipped to keep kids happy, interested, and engaged. They have a garden, big outdoor play area (so rare in the city), a full atelier (art studio), and even a full kitchen and kitchen staff who make homemade family-style meals every day. I wish I could go back to preschool! La Scuola is on track to be an IB school next year and it goes through the 8th grade (no more school hunting for a while)! The school is Italian immersion but one of the many wonderful things about he Reggio approach is diversity - the school is filled with kids of many heritages. It really is an international school. But for us, even though Italian immersion wasn't a requirement, it is now one of the many things we love about the school. Our daughter had no exposure to Italian before starting here, and after only 3 weeks, she came home singing Italian children's songs. La Scuola is such a joyful place. We feel lucky to have found it for our daughter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.