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The mission of La Scuola Italiana di Portland is to promote the Italian language and culture to children and adults in a student-centered environment; nurturing responsible, global citizens by providing cross-cultural understanding and fostering a deep appreciation for world civilizations that intersect with the Italian culture.
Scuola Italiana di Portland was founded in 2006 by a group of Italian speakers eager to give their children a more formal education in Italian language and culture. Since that time, the school has grown to include a Reggio-Emilia inspired immersion preschool, children’s after-school and weekend lessons, a free Mommy and Me playgroup for toddlers, and an adult language and culture immersion program.
Each year the school offers two community-wide, traditional Festa di Carnevale costume parties, one for families and children, and another for adult supporters. The school can provide introductions to local Italian community leaders and access to club memberships. Additionally, the school offers quarterly social meet ups for adult students to network and put their new language skills to the test.
Strategically looking to the future, Scuola Italiana di Portland endeavors to become a full-fledged, Italian elementary school and cultural community center. The school strives to serve as the mainstay of the Italian community as well as a cultural gateway for the people of greater Portland. The board of directors includes a blend of Italian American and native Italian business professionals who are each committed to the success of Scuola Italiana di Portland.
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