Comprehensive institute Besana Brianza – Don Carlo San Martino Rigola

In the Kindergarten we welcome children in a delicate phase – the first separation from the parent. We introduce them to the new environment and in the relationship with the other pupils, with the goal of teaching them to recognise emotions, feelings, personal needs and to express them in an appropriate way.

Children are educated to wonder towards the world, generosity, welcoming and sharing. They grow through the process of self-identification and progressive conquest of autonomy.


Take some time to sit down and follow us to discover the Toddlers' section and the Kindergarten of Don Carlo San Martino institute. We'll introduce you our spaces, approach and educational project!


The didactic activities thought for the Kindergarten stem from thorough pondering, accurate programming and a special feeling which teachers have when observing and listening to the children’s needs to stimulate them discover and elaborate experiences. Children learn to act, without confining themselves to only react to stimuli from the outside.

Play is the foundation of the didactic activities and allows children to express their joy, fear and to show their inclinations: teachers, careful observers, will take advantage of these to support children’s growth.

Culture of the beautiful and creativity, essential for our didactic activities, will be stimulated by atelier activities: material handling and use of colour are a precious chance for enhancing every child’s sense of aesthetics.

Among the didactic activities and Kindergarten projects it is also important to promote reading, with the objective of promoting children’s ability to recognise and express emotions, thoughts and desires, and to establish relationships with the others. In every section you can find a reading corner, made of shelves with different types of books and a welcoming area with soft cushions and carpets for reading with the teacher.

The bilingual orientation, introduced at Rigola in 2015, powered up a project for enhancing the English language and it offers the child the chance to open their mind to new linguistic sounds. The child is led to the language through play, colours, pictures, to learn by having fun!

In order to grant educational and didactic continuum between school grades the Institute promotes curricular vertically orientation aiming at the gradual and harmonic development of knowledge, competences and skills. We offer learning environments which are places for experience and practical knowledge: vertical curricula, labs for the Kindergarten, interdisciplinary and continuity projects, opening and interaction with the territory and the institutions, orientation meant as a ‘compass’ to accompany children, kids and families throughout all stages of growth.


PRE- AND POST-SCHOOL: to help working parents children can arrive at school at 7:30 and stay there until 18:00

CANTEEN: a service directly managed by the qualified school personnel, who proposes every year a project of food and environment education such as the vegetable garden or the best menu

BUS: service covering the whole territory surrounding the school

Children can benefit from the post-school service from 16:00 to 18:00. In these hours an educator leads the children through playful, creative activities.



Curricular activities offered by Rigola


The activities are carried out from Monday to Friday and follow the calendar according to the adjustments yearly introduced by Regione Lombardia, and with the variations agreed upon with School Board consultations. Activities end on June 30th.


8.30 – 9.00    reception
9.00 – 9.30    beginning of activities; roll out and snack
9.30 – 11.30    didactic activities
11.30 – 12.30    lunch
12.30 – 13.30    play
13.00 – 13.15    first leave
13.30 – 15.45    nap time and organized activities
15.45 – 16.00    children’s leaving

Schools recognised by the state are the public schools recognised by the Ministry of Education according to the law n. 62 of year 2000.

The school manages the didactic and educational orientation project in full autonomy but respecting the ministerial normative.

Teachers are thoroughly chosen by the School Director and supported to favour the pedagogical continuum.

Classes are composed of few students so that all can be individually looked after and valued in their school path.

By enrolling their children to the school, families are part of the school community. Families have an essential role in the realization of the school’s educational project and commit themselves to promote the observance of the set of rules aimed at a correct unfolding of the didactic and educational activities. A serene environment of trust and cooperation can’t but favour the educational action of the school.

Enrolment occurs through a first contact with the secretariat to show interest, then a meeting with the school director will allow you to learn about the educational offer, the services, customise the pathways discussed upon with the parent and visit the school. The meeting ends with a formal commitment of the parent to enrol the child in the structure.

Dote Scuola is the financial contribution foreseen by Regione Lombardia to support the families and the educational path of children from 3 to 21 years for merit, school voucher, purchasing material, supporting disabled students.

Dote Scuola funds are destined to students residing in Lombardy and attending public bodies or schools recognised by the state. The contribution supports families in the free choice to orient their children to a non-public school.

Every year Regione Lombardia approves the contributions. Detailed information are to be found on


Where education and knowledge take shape.


Rigola, today a comprehensive institute recognised by the Italian state and composed of a Toddlers’ section, Kindergarten, Primary school and first stage of Secondary school, looks back on a long and fascinating history.

In 1885 don Carlo San Martino founded in Milan the Pio Istituto pei Figli della Provvidenza, aiming at building a serene and welcoming environment for young people in difficulty.


The location, whose original body dates back to the 17th century, is surrounded by an exquisite Italian-style garden and disposes of ample external and indoor spaces: courtyards for outdoor play, salons for breaks, dining rooms, a theatre, a gym, reading halls, multimedial classrooms, science, art and language labs and a chapel. In the park we can find the old oratory of Madonna della Neve.

‘Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves and children get tired of explaining them everything over and over again’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry