La Scuola d’Italia ‘Guglielmo Marconi’ was founded in 1977 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to meet the academic needs of Italians living in the New York City area. Thanks to an ever-increasing interest on the part of American families, La Scuola has grown into a unique bilingual English/Italian educational institution, from the Pre-school level through High School (grades 9-12), reflecting the best features of the Italian and American educational systems. In addition to being recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, the school is also chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. Therefore our students graduate with a high school diploma that is officially recognized both in the United States and Italy.
The school’s curriculum conforms to the highest criteria mandated by Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Education. The curriculum at La Scuola is most rigorous and competitive by international standards and has been expanded to include classes in American History and advanced English Literature. La Scuola’s educational programs are rooted in the best Italian/European and American traditions for internationally oriented studies. These programs offer substantive academic content, provide significant intellectual stimulation, promote personal growth, and encourage students to be open to innovation and new technologies.
Students receive a thorough multicultural and multidisciplinary education, developing the international understanding and openness needed to become productive and ethical participants in the ever more integrated world we live in. The curriculum in two languages is challenging so as to permit students at the end of the High School to reach high levels of bilingualism. Further, a variety of opportunities for learning and expression in the fields of art and music complement this rigorous course of study.
La Scuola assists students in preparing for college and encourages their career exploration, their development of critical thinking, communication, and cooperative skills as well as their personal growth. Most notably, third and fourth year High School students are exposed through high-level extracurricular seminars offered at La Scuola to key concepts and ideas in the areas of management, leadership, and globalization. The emphasis is on the applicability of these ideas and concepts from the real world to a broad range of academic disciplines and career paths.