La Scuola’s High School implements the principles contained in Howard Gardner’s Five Minds for the Future in order to help its students develop the academic skills and character needed to prepare them for success in their college and future careers. The curriculum centers on a broad and advanced exposure to the humanities, math, and science that will earn college credits in most American universities.
The humanities program, interdisciplinary and integrated throughout the four years, includes the study of Italian, English, Latin language and literature, geography, history, philosophy, technical drawing and history of art, law and economics, and physical education. Great emphasis is also placed on the study of mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry. In the last two years of the high School an advanced extracurricular Program (Special Programs) helps the students integrate all these disciplines. This is done with the Program’s innovative use of the concepts of leadership, management, and globalization to show connections among fields of inquiry and careers.
La Scuola offers an advanced program of lectures/conversations with the participation of leaders from business, politics, academia, and civil society. Supplementary cultural projects in collaboration with various Italian institutions in New York and overseas are provided on a regular basis, including exchange programs with Italian schools.
Classes are small with personal attention and additional support available for all students. At the end of their senior year, students are required to take the Italian Ministry of Education State Exam, the Maturità, an equivalent of the International Baccalaureate that is honored by all universities in Europe and in the United States. This highly internationally regarded diploma from La Scuola is officially recognized in both the United States and Italy. It allows students to embark on studies at local universities as well as universities abroad with the confidence that the broad knowledge and the language skills they have acquired will help them succeed thereat and later on in their careers. La Scuola d’ Italia offers a comprehensive College Counseling program to the Liceo students.