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Montclair State University Italian Summer Course Consortium and Participating High Schools

The summer course relies on an ever-expanding consortium of high schools, while at the same time it benefits from feeder schools outside of it. This synergy is at the heart of the summer course project whose main goal is to strengthen the ties between high schools and higher education to expand the study of Italian across educational systems. Note that students do not have to attend a consortium school to apply – all students are welcome and we are grateful to those teachers who support this effort as they recognize its benefits for the growth of Italian in both the HS and the Higher Ed system!

This page describes the nature and function of the consortium, and also includes a list of the schools attended by students enrolled in the summer course in 2017 and 2018, in order to provide a sense of the impact of the course in a vast area comprising Northern New Jersey and New York City, as well as the benefits for both the HS and the Higher Ed systems.


This consortium is a loosely-knit group of New Jersey high schools – public, private and charter – that collaborate with the Italian Program (MLL Department) at Montclair State University to strengthen ties between their high school and college Italian programs. Consortium schools help with promotional efforts and encourage their Italian language students to attend the summer immersion course. Consortium high school Italian teachers keep students informed about the program and the scholarship opportunities it offers. Any high school with an Italian program is welcome to join the consortium: please contact inserra@montclair.edu for further information.

The Italian high school consortium at Montclair State receives the support of IACE (Italian American Committee on Education) for the summer course. All the public schools involved in this consortium already belong to a formal and larger network of schools affiliated with Montclair State University through the MSUNER, designed to create a continuous cycle of school, university and teacher renewal.

Consortium schools for the summer course (as of Dec. 2018): Montclair High School, Clifton Public Schools, West Orange High School, Elizabeth High School/Frank J. Cicarell Academy,  Saint Peter’s Prep High School (Jersey City), Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School, Pascack Valley High School (Hillsdale).

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Students enrolled in the summer course have come from a wide range of public, private, and charter schools, located in an area that comprises Northern New Jersey as well as Harlem in NYC. Note that on average schools have sent more than one student. In some cases, schools have sent several students in order to secure the necessary number of students to run an AP class during the school year following the summer course. In addition, recent HS graduates who wanted to strengthen their Italian language skills before going to college have also attended the summer course.

The summer course is open to embracing students from these as well as other schools in its effort to constantly broaden its reach and impact.

1. Bloomfield High School – Bloomfield, NJ
2. Clifton High School
– Clifton, NJ
3. DePaul Catholic High School
– Wayne, NJ
4. Elizabeth High School
– Elizabeth, NJ
5. Middletown High School
– Middletown, NJ
6. Montclair High School –
Montclair, NJ
7. New Heights Academy Charter School
– Harlem, NY
8. Nutley High School
– Nutley, NJ
9. Pascack Valley High School
– Hillsdale, NJ
10. St. Mary High School
– Rutherford, NJ
11. St. Peters Preparatory High School
– Jersey City, NJ
12. Tenafly High School
– Tenafly, NJ
13. Watchung Hills Regional High School
– Warren, NJ
14. Wayne Hills High School
– Wayne, NJ
15. West Orange High School
– West Orange, NJ