Schools and programs

Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) provides grants via New York-based Italian American Committee on Education (IACE). Click here to find out.

InItaliano has each year provided support to the schools by donating books and resources, by participating in school initiatives and enrolment campaigns.

The school has two Italian teachers who teach reading, music, songs, maths in two languages. This means that the children are all exposed to the Italian language and that they participate in cultural events or commemorations (i.e. Carnevale italiano or Festa della Repubblica).

PS242 Principal Denise Desjardin receives the Italian flag from Italy's Consul General Genuardi and the consular team.

Manhattan public school PS242 was given the go-ahead by the DOE to start an Italian bilingual program in 2018. PS242 is the only elementary public school which follows an International Baccalaureate curriculum. Read about the school's IB philosophy.


The school is located at Lefferts Park, Bensonhurst (Brooklyn). Further details on the curriculum, teachers and the Italian program can be found on the website.



Celebrating carnevale in Venetian masks!

Broooklyn-based public school PS112 launched its Italian bilingual program in 2015. Since then, the program has expanded by adding a class each year.

The goal of this program is "to raise awareness of Italian culture and encourage diversity, while simultaneously providing instruction in both English and Italian".

Principal Louise Verdemare (on the right) discusses the challenges and the accomplishments of the Italian program.

Diversity and multiculturalism are the core focus of PS132 of Williamsburg (Brooklyn), which provides an early immersion program in Italian. Check the DOE contacts link and get in touch with the Parent Coordinator.