Bilingual Children

For those children who have transferred to America from Italy and are looking to continue their Italian education or for those children who are born here but have native Italian parent/s, Italian School NJ is a perfect choice.

Italian School NJ offers the following classes for bi-lingual children:

  • CUCCIOLI: 2.5 – 3.5 years old
  • COCCINELLE: 4 – 6 years old
  • SCOIATTOLI: 6 – 8 years old (Kindergarten & 1st grade)
  • FARFALLE: 8 – 10 years old (2nd – 4th grade)
  • FRINGUELLI: 10 – 13 years old (5th – 7th grade)
  • GIRAFFE: 14 years old and up

Please note that placement in a different level and age group can be made based upon individual skill levels.

classes start again in feb. Our programs and curricula are based upon the Italian method, and thus incorporate much of the style and course work one would find if their child were attending school in Italy.

All of our textbooks and materials come from Italian “asili”, Italian preschools, and “scuole primarie”, Italian elementary schools.

Our native and native-like Italian teachers speak strictly Italian, and ensure that students do the same.

It is our goal to use various play activities, written exercises, and reading activities to develop each child’s existing ability to express themselves, as well as to keep them on track to return to school in Italy, should they ever decide to.

Our program is home to an established group of bilingual children who have been with Italian School NJ since its inception. For these particular students, one or both of their parents is a native Italian, and our program provides them with the opportunity to keep their cultural and linguistic connection to Italy alive, while being able to share in both Italian and American culture equally.

Classes geared toward bilingual children meet once a week for 14 weeks in the Fall, starting the first week of October, and 14 weeks in the Spring, starting right after the Fall semester, generally in mid-February or beginning of March.

Italian School NJ will be closed on Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day weekend and other holidays or school breaks.
Classes are suspended over the summer: only private and semi-private tutoring is available.

Private and Semi-Private lessons can be arranged on an individual basis at the convenience of the student.

Online registration forms are available on the schedule & registration page.

Weekday classes are held at:
49 Ridgedale Avenue, Suite 200
East Hanover, NJ (intersection of Route 10) conveniently located near Interstate 287

Saturday classes are held at:
Chatham Day School
700 Shunpike Road Chatham Township, NJ

Group Classes for Bilingual Children:

  • Cuccioli and Coccinelle – Thursday & Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Cuccioli and Coccinelle, Scoiattoli, Farfalle, Fringuelli & Giraffe – Sat. 12:15 – 2:45PM

Please note that Saturday programs are 2.5 hour long and will incorporate 30 minutes in the gym, where the kids will be taught soccer and other sports by Vincenzo Bernardo from Morris Elite Soccer Club. All in Italian!

If none of the scheduled classes are convenient, you many request an alternate time by using the Request a class / tutoring form to specify your preferences. Classes can start any time once we receive 4 applications for the same time and day.

It may be possible to join on-going classes based on space availability and teacher’s approval.

Students’ placement in classes other then beginners may be based on the completion of an entrance test.

Italian School NJ offers the following discount opportunities.

Full Year Registration Program
** Sign Up for the fall & spring semester together to receive a 10% discount on both semesters.

Sibling & Family Member Discount Program
** Italian School NJ offers a 5% discount for each family member registered

Referral Program
Spread the word about Italian School NJ and you will be rewarded.
Refer a friend or family member: if they sign up for classes or lessons, you will receive a 5% discount on the cost of your next semester.

Gift Certificate Program
Give the gift of Italian to those that you love and you will save. Purchase your gift certificate today.
For gift certificate information, please e-mail:

Please note that only one discount can be applied.