I have three children in Italian school and I just wanted to share my experience with other parents since I have had so many questions from people about different schools. My children used to go to Froebel, which was an excellent bridge to then go full emersion at a school that is much closer to my house. If you live in the Licola, Varcaturo area, there is a very good little Italian school called Instituto Montessori. It is not the JFC Montessori school. It is not a traditional Montessori school, they are hands on, but it is still a traditional classroom setting. The children have assigned seats and I have found that it is pretty well disciplined (by Italian standards). It is in all Italian, they have a nice garden area and the Italian children have welcomed my children with open arms. My 3/5 year old adapted really well. My 7 year old needed more assistance, since he has to learn in Italian, but he is also doing well. I did need to enlist the assistance of an Italian speaker to help him with his homework which is anywhere from 15-35 minutes a day as a 2nd grader.
It is the first school that my kids have really loved. I just wanted to let others know since it was not easy to find. It is only 115 Euros per child per month which is extremely affordable, in my mind, and they have early drop off and pick up if you need it. They also have a little pony and a goat, which my kids think is cool. Here is the Google maps link if you want to know were it is:
As far as I know I think we are the only American Family at the school, so please let me know if you need any further information about it. Good luck to all of you out there that are determined to do emersion. There have been some challenges, but overall it has been the highlight of our tour here to watch our children adapt, overcome and thrive. They have gained so much confidence over the last year in has been amazing!
If you have other stories about schools, please share. It always helpful to hear the good and the bad!