An exploration of the world and preparation for Kindergarten

Child raising his hand in class

As children grow into early childhood, their world begins to open-up. Our Preschool program allows your child to explore, inquire, and prepare for kindergarten in a bilingual environment.

At a Glance

Starting at 3 years old

Choose from Spanish, French or Mandarin tracks

80% immersion in the language

1:7 Student / Teacher Ratio

Approach to Learning

A Bilingual Program

When it comes to bilingualism, the earlier the better. The brain circuits associated with language learning are more flexible at a younger age. Daily exposure to various languages builds confidence and communication skills, and prepares our students to become bilingual, adaptable, and active citizens.

A World-Class Education

Guided by the International Baccalaureate and European standards, our program provides a “roadmap” for students to travel, with options for detours when their curiosity is peaked or the need for student-initiated action occurs. Each Unit of Inquiry allows students to deeply engage in Transdisciplinary Learning: Literacy, Math, The Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Personal, Social & Physical Education are all interconnected.

A Play-Based Curriculum

Balancing structured activities and free play, we encourage children to learn while having fun, inquire and make discoveries for themselves.


The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is a curriculum framework which centers around a series of transdisciplinary themes that address human commonalities.

The students are exposed to units of learning that promote inquiry, exploration, and investigation. These units integrate all subject areas and provide meaningful learning experiences for students. The goal is to connect the students’ learning to the real world, both locally and globally. We want our students to develop a deep  understanding of the concepts and topics being studied. Read more about the IB.


Tessa International School’s curriculum is supplemented by a multifaceted program of “Specials” classes, starting as early as Preschool. These specialized courses foster holistic student development and provide them with opportunities to delve deeper into specific domains beyond the traditional academic subjects.

  • STEM: Liberty Science Center Monthly visits
  • Physical Education (PE): 1 to 4×30 min/week
  • Library: 30 min/week
  • English Reinforcement: 2×30 min/week
  • Music: 30 min/week

Sample of Daily Schedule

Choose from half days, three full days or five full days options.

7.30am - 8.30amBefore Care
8.30amStart of the Day
8.45am - 9amCircle Time / Group Meeting
9am - 9.45amUnit of Inquiry
(Social Studies, Sciences, Math, Literacy, Arts and Movements)
9.45am - 10.30amSnack & Recess
10.30am - 11amUnit of Inquiry
11am - 11.50amSpecials
11.50am - 12pmHalf Day Dismissal
12pm - 1pmLunch & Recess
1pm - 2.30pmQuiet / Rest Time
2.30pm - 3pmLearning Centers
3pm - 3.15pmPack-up / Departure
3.15pm - 7pmAfter Care

Start Your Journey With Us

Tessa International School

Office: (201) 755-5585 | Location: 720 Monroe St. Hoboken, NJ 07030