Comprehensive institute Besana Brianza – Don Carlo San Martino Rigola

At the Primary school children grow through self-awareness, recognising and developing their inclinations. They live significant experiences thanks to their curiosity and potentials, developing the cognitive, emotional, affective, relational, social dimensions. They learn to learn, in a path rich in experiences and emotions lasting 5 years.

At the Primary school the child learns to establish relationships with the others, be they peers or adults. They start to identify themselves as part of a group, which is the class, and understands that there are rules which are needed to grow in autonomy and full awareness of oneself and the world around them.


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 for the primary school are thought to take the child through a pathway of growth and education which makes them learn and train from a didactic and experiential point of view.

Children’s orientation activity starts from the very beginning of their journey at the primary school: our school commits itself to help children elaborate a personal project of growth which allows them to value their aptitudes.

The didactic activities play a key role in the development of the child, who learns and grows provoking their own initiative, attention span and opening.

Rigola emphasizes the importance of learning the English language with a mothertongue teacher, to enable children to open their minds to new linguistic sounds, different cultures, allowing them to improve their communication not only within the school but also in the social context they live in.

Several labs are also offered as part of the didactic pathway, thus stimulating the pupil’s creativity and letting them face themselves and the others.

Humanistic labs improve the quality of the relations within the group, favouring listening abilities and mutual enrichment.

Scientific labs, subsequent to science lessons, offer the chance of activities in class or outdoor, executing simple physics or chemistry experiments and observations at the microscope.

IT labs make the child familiarise with the knowledge of software and hardware.

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

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.


Didactic 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.



8.15 – 8.30    reception
8.30 – 12.30    didactic activities
12.30 – 13.00    lunch
13.00 – 13.30    free play
13.30 – 15.30    didactic activities

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.

The children enrolling in the first grade have to have turned 6 years within April 30th of the current school year.

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.

‘There are round people, my dear madame, there are children with a – let’s say, triangular shape, why not? And there are… zigzagged children!’

David Grossman