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12 East 96th Street
New York, NY 10128

(212) 369-3290
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October 06, 2015
A wonderful, warm and nurturing place. A hidden gem of a school at half the cost of a typical private school tuition in Manhattan. True, they do not have their own gym (hence the yellow bus taking the kids to gym elsewhere), or cafeteria. So, if you are into gleaming facilities and insist on your child taking an elevator (in my view, the more stairs, the better), at present, this is not for you. However, next year this is supposed to change as the school is moving to a new building, where all those small inconveniences will be rectified. What will stay the same are small class sizes and solid academic approach. The rector of the school is a wonderful highly respected educator with decades of experience, and has an amazing vision for the school. At the same time, the school is small enough where she knows every family and every student by name. The school has a well thought through curriculum and a unique system of combining English and Italian instruction. At present, very happy there.

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September 10, 2015
A nightmare. The structure is very depressing. School services are null for twenty-four thousand dollars a year. There isn't a canteen (children eat in their class), there isn't a space for recess (they play cards in their class), there isn't an elevator (my son continue to make many floors walking every day), there isn't a gym (despite of a snowy winter, last year they moved children with the yellow bus from the school to another place), the management style of the school is typically Italian (submitted to nepotism and cronyism), the parents' association is totally compliant with the School behaviors (losing any capacity of criticism), bullying prevail among children (teachers are totally silent and absent, without any efforts of integration and support). A real nightmare. I'm really sorry to say this because we are Italian and we never imagined to find a situation in NYC so dysfunctional and superficial. The way of teaching of Italian language or ESL is out of date. The curricula of teachers are ridiculous and not available on the website, their salaries are disproportionate when compared with those of teachers of American schools with more respectable academic bio. A poor and expensive structure that really dishonors the image of Italy.

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September 10, 2015
I'd like to say thanks to Ms. Felton, the English teacher. A rare example of professionalism.

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January 21, 2015
Very good, great even. Art and music are done in a serious manner. The reading and writing is strong. Math seems to be the strong suite.

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January 14, 2014
I couldn't be happier having both of my children at La Scuola d'Itlalia, and we are not Italian. I am very impressed with the high level of their curriculum, the scope of the subjects taught and the teaching styles of their teachers. Every child is approached individually and received maximum attention. The classical European education starts in the lower grades. Starting in the 4th grade, children have monthly trips to the Metropolitan Museum and learn about art (in Italian!), then write essays (also in Italian) on what they have learned at the Museum and discuss in class. The academic level compares to higher grades in other schools and the upper grades study advanced college courses. The teachers and parents form a warm family-like community. This school is the best kept secret in New York!

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August 05, 2013
As an american freshman i could say this school sucked. It had cliques of italians who were not welcoming. The facilities sucked but they were a couple of teachers who helped me become a better student.

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April 09, 2013
It is understandable as to why parents have complaints such as lack of emotional development or focus on American subjects. It is modeled according to the European system. If your child can master multiple languages and, even more, multiple cultures, he or she will be able to adapt to different settings, whether it be college or the work level. This school will mold your child into a citizen of the world, not of the United States. There is a difference. My kids were born and bred at this school (10+ years). They are now in private, American universities, and excelling with minimal effort. They think in a global sense that can only further their success. I believe La Scuola played a key role in this, and will always be grateful. As far as the 'nurturing' or 'emotional' comments go, this school is the most nurturing school I've ever heard of. My children's teachers loved them, the environment is very personal and the teachers care for every one of their students. My daughter used to go to her professor's house on a Saturday to go over homework before an exam! This nurturing allows students to develop a confidence level that will only bring them ahead, and La Scuola is truly unique.

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September 29, 2012
Wonderful warm school. The Italian teachers are excellent. My English speaking son was comfortable speaking Italian after a year or two at the school. The English teachers also do a great job. All of the children in my son's first grade class were reading ABOVE grade level in English AND Italian by the end of the year. The Math curriculum, done mostly in Italian, is similar to the word problem solving and mental math found in American curriculum. If you are an English speaking family considering this school, please know that your child will improve their Italian only if you support them. We took advantage of the Italian summer program and after school Italian tutoring.

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September 10, 2012
The quality of the teaching is poor. especially in the areas of Italian as a second language and mathematics. You will be lucky if your child knows how to say more than spaghetti and gelato after a couple of years if you are not Italian yourself. Math is taught pretty much on a rote basis. It's hard to believe that this is the same country that gave birth to Montessori.The school is primarily oriented toward children of Italians who plan on going back to Italy and of course the Italians love the school. The teachers typically spend twice as long with the Italian parents as with the non-Italian parents at parent-teacher conferences. Few if any students beyond elementary school are non-Italian.

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March 14, 2010
Excellent school that provides a well-rounded education for students wishing to be immersed in the European culture

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March 14, 2010
The comment below is most likely posted by a parent who has not had a child enrolled in the high school. Math and Science are the two subjects that are most focused on in the high school. After all, it is called 'Liceo Scientifico'; Physics, Science and Math come first. Then there is always Italian literature, Latin language, Latin literature, Italian language, English lit, Art history, World history, Philosophy, Economics and more. Not the typical 5 subjects most students have to take. A typical semester at La Scuola involves 12 subjects. Well-rounded is the first word that comes to mind.

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February 12, 2010
La Scuola is very traditional in the sense that a day at school goes by just as if one were at school in Italy. The upper school is very small, but it has begun introducing new activities such as exchange programs. I believe the best experience will be done in the elementary; from pre-k through 5th grade the program is absolutely the best anddoes a good job of molding students into classy, smart and kind individuals. The middle school tries to introduce American subjects, but I've seen this leave students confused as to what they should be leaning toward. The high school has one of the best curriculums I have ever heard of (along with that of Lycee Francais) and although everything besides English is learned in the Italian language, this is the type of education that will bring you places.

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March 04, 2009
The school has advantages if you were an Italian deplomat and wish to return to Italy following a limited stay in New York. The school has small classrooms, which can be an advantage as well as a hinderance. In terms of full rounded education, it leaves much to hope for. It lacks strong grounding in English, Math and Science. It holds to tradition to the extent of being backward, and does not pay any attention to social and emotional development of students.

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December 04, 2008
Wonderful environment with international student body. Very strong on european culture and heritage. Only drawback is the small size of the upperschool, but they are growing.

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July 10, 2007
Excellent bilingual program. Nurturing environment and excellent faculty.

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La Scuola D Italia Guglielmo Marconi
12 East 96th Street, New York, NY  10128
(212) 369-3290
Last modified La Scuola D Italia Guglielmo Marconi is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
La Scuola D Italia Guglielmo Marconi Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top