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Our Approach

At KOA International Preschool we are strongly influenced by the style of teaching born in the small village of Reggio Emilia in Italy. At the core of our Reggio approach is the belief that each child is fully capable of expressing themselves and communicating their interests. Because of this, we believe that the children can have a great deal of control over their own education.

KOA International Preschool offers children an amazing array of experiences designed and curated by the teachers to reflect each child’s interests and strengths. As the children work alongside their friends and teachers to develop projects, they learn how to work as a team, complete research, become confident in themselves and their own abilities, and most importantly, develop a love for school and learning.

A Reggio Influenced Approach


The Reggio Emilia approach was developed in the 1940s in the town of Reggio Emilia in Italy. The educators and parents in this community developed the approach with the goal of helping children become better citizens. The Reggio approach is flexible and is developed from children's ideas, thoughts, communication, and observations. The goal of the approach is to help children develop a lifelong passion for learning and exploration.The Reggio approach gained a lot of attention in 1991 when experts at Newsweek magazine listed the preschools in Reggio Emilia one of "best top ten schools in the world”. Support and interest for Reggio continues to grow and even leading institutions like the World Bank and Google are advocating for the Reggio approach.

A place to grow, learn, and discover 

As KOA International Preschool is linked with our sister elementary-aged program we provide a unique opportunity for our students to grow from small children into capable and inquisitive young people. The Reggio Emilia approach of the preschool leads way into the exciting project based learning of our elementary program so children can naturally progress in our environment for the first part of their lives. Children become comfortable in this ‘home away from home’ environment and their teachers and friends become like a family. This comfortability allows them to naturally show their true characters and discover without inhibitions. 


Through our approach children have the power to shape their own education. This allows them to develop a lifelong passion for learning and exploration

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