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Old 28.04.2008, 21:44
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

My oldest is in 3rd grade, so all of our experiences have been with the elementary teachers, kids and parents.

We really like that our kids have been exposed to many different cultures at TASIS. Although we moved here in January, they made friends quickly and adapted to the new school with only minor hitches.

The teachers have been very friendly and really seem to care about the kids. The campus is beautiful and the lunch food is a huge improvement over what they used to eat back home.

Our only real issue with the school is that we wish they put more emphasis on teaching Italian to the kids. We had hoped it would be offered every day instead of once or twice a week.

The parents of the kids seem to be a tight group, my wife also made friends quickly and now has a group of moms she hangs out with on a regular basis. We are really glad we ended up at TASIS and that my company picks up the tab !

Hopefully you'll have a similar experience.
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Old 28.04.2008, 22:11
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Thanks for the info ARANNKB! I should have know that you were the daddy and not the mommy. That's why I had to pull the info out of you!

How great that your company is paying for the school! It is quite expensive!

I was also hoping that there would be more classes in Italian. One of the reasons why we are moving to Switzerland is so that our son can be fluent in Italian. We are very excited about the new opportunities in Lugano and hope the school will be a nice improvement for our son.
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Old 02.05.2008, 18:56
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the American International School near Lugano is (according to someone who socialised with the students some time ago) attended by spoiled rich kids.

Someone might confirm otherwise nowadays

My children ( age 4 and 7) go the the TASIS and 1) they are not spolied and 2) We are not rich and scrape every penny we have to send them there
We are really pleased with the school and have seen a huge leap in my 7 year old sons progress since he started .
There is the "Prada and Versace crowd" but also many "normal " people too
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Old 02.05.2008, 19:04
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That's great to hear! I think we all spoil our kids a bit. There's nothing wrong with that. Struggling hard to give them the best education we can is not spoiling them but ensuring a good future.

We live in Malta now where our son attends a simple public school in our tiny village. The problem is that the children here have no manners. They never say "hello" or "thank you" and I really look forward to my son learning some culture once again and being around polite children. It's going to be a great adventure.
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There is the "Prada and Versace crowd" but also many "normal " people too
Completely agree with this statement. And some of the Prada/Versace crowd also likes to hang out with the normal people. Like many other things, you will get out of TASIS whatever you put into it.
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Old 02.05.2008, 20:33
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Exactly! Plus my son is still young, at 10 he doesn't seem to be concerned with those things. I'm sure it will come with time. But rich kids can be nice too.
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Hello everybody,

I am also in the same situation. I am planning to move Lugano with my three children aged 13, 11 and 10.

They speak German and French but no Italian!...Is there any school teaching in these languages? If not do the public schools have an integration program for foreign children?

Does anyone have good tips to give me?
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Old 05.08.2008, 17:09
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Hi Francia,

Our original plans have changed and we are staying in Locarno (where we have had our vacation home for a couple of years) so we won't move to Lugano and our son won't be going to TASIS after all. There are many different reasons behind our decision but the bottom line is that he will be attending the local public school in Minusio. They have a full integration program for foreign kids. He will have a private teacher teaching him Italian for two hours each day. They also have lessons in French and will be learning German as well from next year.

I'm sure most of the public schools in Ticino has similar programs. I heard that the public schools are really good in Switzerland. In fact, our neighbors are both lawyers and both their kids go to the local public school. This would be unheard of in the US or Canada. I'll be able to give you more info in September once my son starts school.
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Hi Lynn 88,

Thank you very much for your answer. I am quite relieved....

Who did you contact to get this information on integration program? Should I maybe contact the commune of Lugano?
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Old 05.08.2008, 18:05
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I just went to the school directly. To my surprise, everyone I met spoke perfect English. I was a bit worried about that. They said that they have foreign kinds coming all the time and they have a whole program in place for them. They said that within six months the kids speak Italian fluently.

Keep in mind that Minusio is a much smaller place than Lugano so I really wasn't expecting anything like this. There are a lot more foreigners in Lugano so I think you'll have an easy time with this.

It's also great that your children will have each other. Even if they are in different grades, they can see each other during breaks. Another thing that's great is that the kids get a two-hour break for lunch to come home and be with their family. This, of course, only works if someone is home to greet them.
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Hi we Live In Lugano and we are Britsih . My kids go to the TASIS and they have a dedicated Italian section. Their are kids of all nationalities and we are very pleased with TASIS Ciao caroline
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Exactly! Plus my son is still young, at 10 he doesn't seem to be concerned with those things. I'm sure it will come with time. But rich kids can be nice too.
We are not rich honey even though are kids go to TASIS and they do offer subsideries I think . We spend every penny to send them there. I have heard of some other great private schools in Lugano a third of the price and as good though.
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Old 05.08.2008, 21:03
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

I didn't mean to imply that all kids who go to TASIS are rich. I was just defending rich people, specifically children.
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Hey huney I didnt think that dont worry ok . That said there are loads like that believe me . I spent the first year battling my way through the D and G brigade but now have found some normal people xx
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p.s even the D and G brigade can be nice . Think I am opening up an unintentional hole up here yikes sorry xx
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Our only real issue with the school is that we wish they put more emphasis on teaching Italian to the kids. We had hoped it would be offered every day instead of once or twice a week.

We are really glad we ended up at TASIS and that my company picks up the tab !
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Yes I too wish they would teach more Italian to our children ! Wow lucky you as my husbands company doesnt pay an ounce of money toward the education!
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Yes I too wish they would teach more Italian to our children ! Wow lucky you as my husbands company doesnt pay an ounce of money toward the education!
Hopefully the new headmaster will increase the amount of time devoted to teaching the kids Italian.
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Our two kids started public school in Breganzona (Lugano) in April after moving from the U.S. They knew not one Italian word, but the school administrators are used to foreign newcomers and have a language aide who saw them every day. They received extra help from their respective teachers as well. We were a little concerned with their grades (especially for our older girl), but both passed onto the next grade and both received many complimentary remarks.

We moved for my husband's work, but more for the opportunity for all of us to learn a new language and gain an international perspective on life in general. That's why we didn't want to send them to the American School. They are actually more integrated than we are and are speaking better Italian. So, I wholeheartedly believe that the public schools are the way to go if you want to become a part of the community. Our girl (9) is also learning French and eventually they will learn German in school.

We plan to be here for a little while, so for us, the seems like the best plan. I can understand if someone were only here for a one or two year contract why they might feel the American school is more appropriate.
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I hope so becuase my son has been their a year now and not learned much at all maybe we as parents should make a petition outlining our concerns so he is aware from the start


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