Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Italian Immersion School - Open House

Open house information from La Scuola:

Saturday January 12, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
728 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
RSVP to Dunja Solari, Admissions Director

We are a brand new elementary program growing from a 10 year old preschool program.  Our school is located in the Dogpatch neighborhood.  We currently have a mixed K-2 class and will add a Kindergarten class in the fall of 2013.

Here is a bit about the school:

At La Scuola we will offer your child the opportunity to be immersed in the Italian language and culture; we will teach them using the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in small classes to optimize their learning; and will will use the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP) as the basis for the curriculum.  This world-class education model is grounded in creative and critical thinking and is relevant to the global challenges of the 21st century.

We have a lively, warm and very diverse community of parents, with 16 languages spoken at the school and different family structures.  Our parent body are from all over the world and include a mix of lovers of bilingual education, Italian speakers, Italian-Americans, lovers of Italian culture and the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.


  1. Incredible cadre of teachers. Starting with the director: Valentina, has a PhD from Cambridge University, and is one of most confidence inspiring people I have ever met. Abramo and Lisa, the two K-2 teachers are incredibly thoughtful and caring. Our son loves the place, even though the Italian immersion is tough on him, as neither of us speak the language. Currently sharing the space with the preschool has been really nice for the younger K's, and they also get to share the preschools atelier workshop after school.

  2. We've been involved in the school for over 3 years now and can't express how happy we are. I have two children attending the school - one in preschool and the other in the K-2 program.

    My daughter in the K program now speaks better Italian than I do and my son in the preschool is on his way as well. Outside of the benefits of the language program, the IB, Reggio insipired approach in the K-8 program has made a significant impact on my daughter's love of learning. She often comes home from school excited to share something she and her classmates have explored and discovered. All of this is journaled in a weekly newsletter sent to the parents with photos and dialog from the children so we can revisit their school activities together at home.

    Wonderful Italian meals are cooked on-site and the kids enjoy lunch together with a tablecloth and silverware.

    The director, teachers and staff are extremely intelligent, warm and insipring. When I drop off my kids in the morning, I feel so lucky that we are a part of this community.

  3. This is my daughter's first year in La Scuola's piccolissimi program and we absolutely love it. Arriving each day feels like dropping off at your families' house - everyone participates, everyone knows each other and even better, everyone knows your child. I feel like she never lacks attention or supervision and she is always engrossed in an activity, from the garden to arts & crafts to physical activity and more, I feel like she is always being appropriately stimulated (and cuddled at the same time!) The Italian is an extra bonus - I speak at home with her, but quite honestly, even if we didn't, this would still be my top choice.

  4. My daughter started the Spazio Gioco program this year and we love it! My husband or I take her twice a week and remain with her during the class, which is a wonderful chance for us to bond and practice Italian. I speak it exclusively at home with her, but being in the class offers further exposure with native speakers. We have been very impressed with the community as well, from the involved parents to the caring teachers and administrative team. They even set up a meeting with the Director of Admissions and two teachers to help us decide which level would be appropriate for our daughter for next year. I can't express enough how much we love it here!

  5. We love this school - enough to drive up from the Half Moon Bay coastside! Any one aspect is enough to make us want to be a part of this school community, but as a whole it is unique...nothing else like it: Italian language and cultural immersion, Reggio approach (i.e., project oriented and integrating children's interest as approach to learning all "the fundamentals" children need to learn in school in an engaging fashion), beautiful environment (considered one of the teachers), community outings, welcoming families/community, physical education including the MY GYM program, organic Italian family-style lunches (the kids learn some manners too! Please pass the salt...), strong academics via the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, art/sciences via the atelier and garden programs... I could go on. Oh, and an opportunity to have a voice in the growth of the school. It's certainly worth your time to have a look for yourself.

  6. Thanks for all the blogspam, guys. Next time, though, try being a little more subtle per favore. Grazie!

  7. Bravo! I am impressed with your enthusiasm and pride for your school and faculty. Keep it up. No reason to keep this gem hidden. Self-promotion is how various public schools went from unknown to wildly popular in SFUSD. Wishing you success as you expand to upper grades.

  8. Re: blogspam comment - have you been to the school? Does your child attend? If not then why do you assume it's blogspam? Would you like to hear some of the concerns to make you feel more comfortable that we are not clueless about the challenges and problems with the school and rather are just truly enthusiastic? It's been a wonderful school. I'm one of the previous "gushers" - here are some concerns that are not outweighed by the benefits: elementary is new and still learning about how much communication with families is necessary, still finding good matches for teachers/school needs, the classroom space was funky and will be in another temporary space for the next year or so (?), tuition went up a lot from year one to year two but is now on the mid-to-lower end of some of the more well-known private schools in SF, they are still working on becoming an IB candidate school because they are new...feel better?