Early Childhood Education: What it Takes to Open an International Bilingual Preschool

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Tessa International School understands the importance of early childhood education and will bring an exclusive bilingual curriculum in both French and Spanish to preschool aged children in northern New Jersey. Tessa will open in January 2017 and is now accepting applications.

Having an international preschool in northern New Jersey will bring international standards and bilingual education to families and children at a young age.

From the location, curriculum, architecture and communication; everything that goes into starting a new exclusive independent preschool is an adventure. Tessa International School has been in the works for a year now and is getting close to its opening.

Tessa International School will be the only international and bilingual preschool in Hoboken, New Jersey and the surrounding area. This new school will be offering both Spanish and French immersion tracks to its students. This will allow them to gain language and cultural awareness. In addition to the curriculum, after school language enrichment programs, such as Mandarin, will be open to both Tessa and outside students.

The vision of Isabelle Bonneau, Founder of Tessa, is to bring the highest international education standards currently met in international schools in Manhattan and the largest international cities worldwide, to northern New Jersey. She says, “My international background has uniquely positioned me to make a difference and have a will to give children this type of education. I’ve gone through challenges to articulate my message, find time, a location and staff members. I’m honored when parents trust me with their child’s education. It makes me want to do my very best to give our students the skills they need to be international world leaders.”

Hoboken, a high density area, has been in need of an international preschool for years. Despite having many early childhood education centers, this type of preschool will be the first of its kind. Finding a space in this urban area wasn’t easy. Isabelle stumbled upon a lease at the Monroe Center, which is a hub for many different activities for small children. The next step was creating a curriculum made with the best practices in the world. With the help of a top head hunter, Isabelle was able to recruit a uniquely qualified head of school, Robert Mullins, who is passionate about bilingualism and international education.

Bonneau further states, “Having an international preschool in northern New Jersey will bring international standards and bilingual education to families and children at a young age. I envision for our preschool to become a primary school and a highly successful international education model that people will talk about nationwide.”

The next step was to find an architect and solid communication techniques to get the word out about the school. The trick was to find an architect that carries the same vision. Isabelle hired, Sasha Gendell, to transform the space into a beautiful world of learning. He understands that putting an international preschool together is bold, strong and takes time. Finally, a communications plan had to come together for the local community through internet presence, word of mouth, advertising, public relations and signage. Every technique has been well thought out with a specific execution plan to get the word out efficiently.

Interested parents and educators can apply online to be a part of Tessa International School. There will be a Meet and Greet with the Head of School on September 10th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and the next information session will be on August 27th and September 17th at 9:30 am.

About Tessa International School
Tessa International School is a premier, independent international school for children ages 2.5 and older. The school is located at 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, 07030. Further information can be found on the website (http://www.tessais.org/).

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