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Hi Lea,

You are the second person saying everything went well with your child in the public school! I am very happy to hear as my children do not speak Italian and I was thinking to put them in that system.

I have been trying to call the Liceo in Lugano today but it seems they are closed...

If you have any good tips to give me like Lynn do not hesitate!

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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Francia,

Well, I believe once my husband found our house rental he went directly to the school to meet with the principal. (Getting the kids into school has been one of the easiest things to do since moving to CH, the bureaucracy of registering townships/foreign workers office/visas, etc, was another story). At the time he came over I was at home in the U.S. with a newborn, and we joined him the end of March in Switzerland.

The biggest hurdle has been keeping the kids engaged in Italian activities this summer because I don't speak much of it to challenge them. Do you have your location already in Lugano? I am also staying at home, so the school schedule with the long lunch break is no problem for me.

Wednesday afternoons is when most of the kids participate in after school activities, but they are not school sponsored. We will have the kids in a Breganzona school for music and a private soccer club in downtown Lugano for soccer. Breganzona also has its own soccer program but only for boys.

If I rattle on, I do apologize, sometimes I spend too much time with children!!!! But, if you have anything else you'd like to know, just ask.

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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Hi Lea,

In fact I am located in Luxembourg and am planning a move to Lugano.

So at the moment I am looking for a job, trying to figure out how a schooling in Italian for foreign children is (my kids speak fluently French and German already) and studying the real-estate market (renting a house)!!!!!

When it comes to a job I think I have my chances as I also speak several languages but the most difficult for me is the schooling of my children... Would you happen to know if renting a house is expensive close to Lugano?
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Francia,

I find housing here to be incredibly expensive (compared to the Midwest U.S.). We rent a home in Breganzona and I've heard it's hard to find a house to rent without paying a lot. Yet I am hesitant to purchase a home here because I know eventually we will move and I don't want another headache of selling property.
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

the TASIS school fees cripple us and we have heard of some other great private schools in Lugano for a third of the price so if anyone can recomend a school that accepts and supports English children please let us know
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Lea, I know exactly how you feel! Part of the reason why we decided to stay in Locarno and send our son to the public school so that he will grow up like a regular Swiss kid, instead of a foreigner, which he would have remained for a long time if he attended TASIS and not learn Italian properly. He'd always be an outsider. So I really agree that if you are here only for a few years, then TASIS might be a good option but if you are here for a long time, it's better to get the kids fully integrated in the culture.

Tubbies-Mummy, I heard of another private school in Lugano where they teach in English as well, I think it was called Leonardo DaVinci. It might be worth looking into it.

Otherwise, how do you find the quality of the education at TASIS? Is it worth all that money?
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Hi,
Good luck with Da Vinci, just went there to be told that you need all sorts of "important" papers from your embassy (For example, we would need to go to the Italian Embassy in France to get a letter written with all our information,i.e,children's grades etc,TRANSLATED into Italian AND the previous school would have to be recognised by the Italain government! Seemed like a very nice principle but really, I wasn't too impressed by the Blarney, or building (Most people have to work in an office who wants to go to school in one!) However I could have got it all wrong... There are other schools. Go to the Municipale in Lugano, second floor (I think) They will print a list of all the private schools in the area. There is St. Anna across from Da Vinci (both have the pleasure of sharing street space with Prada and the like!) There is Sten..something in Origlio, very nice environment (actually have a garden) a bit dark in the main hall AND most importantly on a completely different grading system. In my opinion (a humble one of course)a possibly good choice for a montessori but apparently currently behind in the grading system (Which means you will still have to find an alternate public/private school in the end!) There is Instituto Elvetico, highly reccomended but guess what a BIG waiting list for them all!!! Check with Bellinzona?? Some choices there too! Good luck, I will post any other info I get!
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

That doesn't sound too good! Enrolling my son in the public school was super easy. They didn't really ask for anything. They filled out the form for me, I signed and that was that. I was really expecting a lot more paperwork and hassles.

I visited the Steiner school in Locarno and it was a disaster. So run-down and everything. I had a similar experience with a Steiner school in New Zealand. The one in Origlio might be better but I think they are sister schools.
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Wow,
I guess maybe the public schools are easier to deal with but its getting a good one (not all the schools have a desirable reputation) I have heard good reports about Liceo1 ? in the center but unfortunately we dont live in that district . Shocked about the Steiner, its a shame they cant manage to keep things in order after all, its private which means money's involved right?! Anyway I have also found great summer school programs. There;s a new one (just finished) in Melide where the children were taken on different excursions. They visited the Television station, made pasteries in the bakery, visited the fire department and had a foam party, Swiss Min. and much more. It was a group of young students and wonderfully organised! Also there is Tennis in Melide and just across in Bissone a Lifeguard instruction course (For children 11 years and up) Also well organised. THEY BOTH TRY SPEAK ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN AND OF COURSE ITALIAN TO THE KIDS! Anyway I will probabely be getting a message from Gooner now telling me that I am useless at putting info in the right place so ...If any of this is helpful please do pass it on!
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Liceo1 is the oldest and probably the best high school in the Lugano district (hell, probably in the whole of Ticino). And in a great location too!
Btw you won't probably find anyone there until the end of August.

The problem with LdV is that it is an Italian school, so in order to be enrolled you need to have your previous school history "translated" into the italian system. At this point italian bureaucracy comes in and things go south
About the school itself I had some good teachers, but also a lot of lousy and spoiled rich kids as classmates. Things might have changed though, since I don't think they have the boarding school anymore.
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

We are lucky in that we are in Minusio and they say this is one of the best public schools in Ticino. I will know more in a couple of months.

Both Steiner schools I saw were in someone's house and really run-down. Not at all appealing to children. Just dark, gloomy and .... I don't even want to go on. My son was so terrified that I would send him there.

I'm also finding a lot of great summer programs but my son has refused to go. He went to football camp for one day and then refused to go back. Which is a real shame.
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Liceo1 is the oldest and probably the best high school in the Lugano district (hell, probably in the whole of Ticino). And in a great location too!
Btw you won't probably find anyone there until the end of August.

The problem with LdV is that it is an Italian school, so in order to be enrolled you need to have your previous school history "translated" into the italian system. At this point italian bureaucracy comes in and things go south
About the school itself I had some good teachers, but also a lot of lousy and spoiled rich kids as classmates. Things might have changed though, since I don't think they have the boarding school anymore.
Thank you very much for your answer!!!

Do they have an integration program for foreign children? My oldest daughter is 13 and as I mentionned before she already speaks fluently French and German.
Did you speak Italian before starting at the school?
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

I was born in Ticino and Italian is my mothertongue, so yes, I did

I think the only good reason to send your kids to a private school would be the fact that classes are smaller and for the money you pay you can expect some special care.
Although as someone mentioned earlier, given the large number of foreign kids in public school they might have some help already available in Liceo 1.

Plus, since LdV is an italian school, lessons are only in the morning, therefore your kids would have every afternoon free. Which can be a blessing, but can also be quite boring, since all kids their age will be in school anyway.

If your daughter speaks fluent French and German she'll have no problem at all in those subjects, and I'm pretty sure she'll catch up italian pretty quickly. 13 is not like being 4, but kids adapt so much faster than us older bags

The best thing for you is definitely to get in touch with the school.
I checked out their website:

http://www.liceolugano.ch/liceo/

(italian only, sorry) and you might want to try and contact the Office for School advice (no idea how to translate "Orientamento scolastico" properly, sorry ), they will surely have all the information you need about kids with special needs:

http://www.ti.ch/DECS/DS/UffOSP/
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Hi,
Does anyone have an opinion on Istituto Elvetico?
And does Liceo 1 have swimming as part of their curriculum. Any more info on other activities that they do have?

Are there any really great elementaries(names please!) also nearby or connected with the Liceo I . I had considered that it would be wise to put both my children in one school but I am unsure of whether or not Liceo has a lower school attached?

I guess my main concern is getting the children into a school that is accredited and has a good pass rate, leading to University.
I know that that doesn't guarantee them attending University but it helps!
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Sorry for disappearing for a while.

Istituto Elvetico: been there for hmmm about 8yrs. It's run by Salesians: if you don't mind a catholic education it can be a decent choice. It used to be quite expensive, but you have the possibility to have your kids to stay there over lunch, which is pretty convenient if you work. And that was the reason why my parents sent me there, btw.

Liceo 1: Swimming is compulsory in all public schools. The swimming pool is located on the other side of the river. Nice pool, btw. On the website they listed (Under "Materie-->Corsi Complementari) other extracurricular activities: english, french (extra hours, obviously!), swedish, theater, fitness, instrumental music, choir, a musical band, and some extra PE (swimming and volleyball).

Great elementaries: the one in Cassarate is in a lovely place, also very near the Liceo 1:

http://www.lugano.ch/educazione/welc...256EA8002DED48

As for University: we are not in the States. To go to university you don't need high grades (and a BS essay). You pay your registration fee and you're in. Don't worry.

Btw: I went on to get a PhD in chemistry. So all in all I didn't go to bad schools, I guess
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Hi,
thanks so much, That is exactly the information I needed! Only problem is that the link isnt working!
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Hmm funny, still works fine here.
Try following:

www.lugano.ch
top bar: Educazione
left bar: Istituto scolastico comunale
left bar: scuole elementari
center page: Scuola elementare di Cassarate

Please note that the school your children are assigned to is based on where you live. So if you don't live in that neighborhood, your kids will go to another school.
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Re: Bilingual schools in Ticino [recommendations?]

Hi Francia,

It's up to the small area where you live. I live just outside of Lugano in Magliaso, and I found everything out by going directly to the school and speaking with the teachers. Also, the local, small town comune controls everything school-related, so going there wouldn't hurt either.

My sons are being tutored in Italian as well (aged 6 and 4), and seem to be getting along just fine!
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Hi Francia,

My sons are being tutored in Italian as well (aged 6 and 4), and seem to be getting along just fine!
How often do they go to the tutor? I am thinking about getting a tutor for my kids (9,7,5) and I am trying to figure out the frequency of classes. They only get 3 hours of Italian at school a week. I definitely want to supplement that.

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Hi we are British and my children aged 4 and 6 attend the American school - in Lugano , it is excellent and we are very happy. Good luck with your move Caroline

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Currious, do your children still go to the school?
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