New courses name 2020-2021 (Same High Quality Program!)

  • IHL (Italian as a Heritage Language) – The first change we made is to adapt the name of our courses known as LCI (Lingua e Cultura Italiana) to their true nature, that is a heritage language. Therefore from now on we’ll call them IHL, Italian as a Heritage Language. Instead of LCI 1, LCI 2, ect. you’ll now see IHL 1, IHL 2, ect. Note that the content is still the same.
  • IHL Preparatory- We have revised and improved our former LCI dei piccoli that is now called IHL Preparatory, a course that is meant to prepare young children to better transition to our IHL courses. This course focuses mainly on oral production which is a necessary requirement to move on to IHL 1 and beyond. In order to reach this level of confidence, we strongly recommend to take the extra 30 minutes offered on Tuesdays in addition to the regular lesson on Thursdays.
  • Advanced IFL  – This course has been tailored to the learning objective of our students who are not heritage students but are very advanced IFL learners. Advanced IFL learners will use same books and program as Italian as a Heritage Language with some modifications to the grammar curriculum.

 Classes Schedule 2020-2021

Italian courses for elementary and Italian Accredited courses started on September 10th , Italian as a Heritage Language and  IFL accredited 5-6 starts on September 14th and 15th
IHL preparatory , level 1, level 5, (for native Speakers) and advanced IFL 3 have still some spots available, for information please contact
The schedule for the school year 2020-2021 is ready and posted at the following link.

 Due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, all our locations are closed until further notice.

All classes will be continuing online until we are allowed to .

IAASD is now a CILS test center certified by the University of Siena, Italy

Certifications on the mastery of the Italian language are numerous and are issued by the university institutions or by cultural institutions of various kinds (Italian Academy of LanguageDante Alighieri Society). IAASD has obtained recently the certification of CILS test center from the prestigious University of Siena and the school will be able to offer exams to certify your proficiency in Italian language valid for admission into Italian universities, for obtaininig work permits, or Italian citizenship.  Stay tuned for the B1-Cittadinanza test date in December 2019.

What is CILS?

CILS, the Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera or CILS) is a qualification offered by the Foreigners University of Siena for foreign speakers of the Italian language, recognizing various levels of language proficiency (A1 to C2)

For more info please see the following link: CILS EXAM at IAASD

Italian for fun, Italian for life

Established in 2011, the Italian American Academy of San Diego is a thriving, grass roots non-profit Italian language school for children. Created by parents and Italian educators alike, our mission is to preserve, promote and share the rich Italian language and culture with the children of San Diego. Our rigorously selected and screened native-speaking staff of educators, deeply engage with children of all nationalities and ages through unique, passionate and engaging teaching methods.

Our wide variety of courses, which always feature a low student-to-teacher ratio, run several days a week in 2 convenient San Diego locations: Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church (University City) and the Connect English School (University City).