La Scuola's mission is to "Inspire Brave Learners to Shape the Future" through our unique combination of the rigorous IB-PYP curriculum framework (our head), the Reggio Emilia inspired pedagogy (our heart), and Italian language immersion (our soul). Our approach promotes a lifelong passion for learning and gives our students both the academic and socio-emotional skills they need to succeed, thrive, fulfill their unique potential, and be happy. La Scuola is San Francisco's only authorized IB-PYP World School, with preschool students at the Dogpatch campus and K-8 at the Alamo Square campus.
We believe that children actively construct theories about their world and test their hypotheses through meaningful hands-on experiences as well as social interactions and relationships with their teachers and their peers (social constructivist approach).
We foster children’s imagination, curiosity, inquiry, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving to shape a lifelong passion for learning through the whole development of the child: physical, intellectual, emotional and social.
We educate children to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world where the ability to problem-solve, innovate, learn independently and cooperate is of paramount importance.
We offer an Italian immersion program: bilingualism leads to increased cognitive flexibility and has long-term positive effects on literacy and academic performance. Italian language proficiency is not required to enroll at La Scuola.
We believe in lifelong education and learning: our faculty regularly attend professional development courses, seminars and events.
We believe in fostering lifelong healthy eating habits and in sharing the earth's resources. The students share a family-style lunch. We have a garden in which children can grow the food that they eat, and obtain knowledge about sustainable agriculture and the environment.
We believe in Global Citizenship: bilingualism also gives a broader perspective and greater intercultural experience, thus enabling children to develop curiosity for the surrounding world, a respect for differences and to become global citizens in a rapidly changing world.