The Courses

Accademia dei Ragazzi offers engaging Language Programs for children and youth (age 1-18). We offer Saturday Programs, Semi-Private and Private Lessons, as well as a Family Package. All Saturday Programs are In Person or Hybrid; Semi-Private and Private Lessons and the Family Package are also offered in person or online.

Fall Programs will run from Saturday, September 21 to Saturday, December 7, 2024. The calendar may vary in some locations. Our courses are specifically designed for different age groups and language proficiency levels in Italian, from toddlers (age 1 to 3) to Gr. 12/13 students (age 17 to 18).

Accademia is the only Italian school that offers programming in Italian for toddlers (children aged 1 to 3). This 10-hour course takes place on Saturday mornings at the 918 Bathurst Arts Centre, and Wednesday or Friday mornings at the Columbus Centre. As well, we offer a 20-hour program held on Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Columbus Centre. *A parent must attend class with their child.

New! Our school also offers Italian programs for children and teenagers in Oshawa. The course for high school students aged 14 to 18 will run on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, while programs for children aged 4 to 13 will run on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Programs are held at Oshawa Italian Recreation Club (245 Simcoe St S, Oshawa).

In Toronto, Saturday Course fees are $250 for younger children and $300 for older students. In person and hybrid classes consist of 10 classes. The length of a class is 1 hour for toddlers (for a total duration of 10 hours), 1 and a half hours for young students (for a total duration of 15 hours) and 2 hours for older pupils (for a total duration of 20 hours). Class start time may vary for different courses (the earliest start time is 9:30 AM).

Each class will adopt a textbook and will use specific teaching resources for reading and reading comprehension. You can purchase your textbook online.

Our programs are designed for Italian native speakers, for those approaching learning Italian for the first time, and for all those who want to improve their language profiencicy. We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced courses. In addition to the traditional Saturday morning courses, Accademia dei Ragazzi offers private and semi-private lessons. Also, Accademia dei Ragazzi helps teenagers prepare for the CILS exam (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) from the University of Siena. "The CILS Certification is a recognized formal qualification that certifies the degree of competency in Italian as a second language (L2)."

In 2022, our school started a collaboration project with the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto (U. of T.). This partnership entails a two-fold collaboration: a) some second- and third-year U. of T. students will be an active support instructor group in Accademia's classes; and b) Accademia's students will participate in a dedicated event at the U. of T. Department of Italian Studies, and the theme of the event will focus on: theatre, music, reading, and Italian comics.


Accademia dei Ragazzi is pleased to present to its students the third Francescutti Scholarship of Excellence, valued up to $2,000. It entails four scholarships dedicated to children and teens who have distinguished themselves in their studies at Accademia in 2024. This year, our students will work on a project titled 'A story inspired by Gianni Rodari'. Students are asked to delve into the nursery rhymes The Holiday Land, or Meow! Hi! or The shortest fairy tale by Gianni Rodari and write a brief essay that touches on the themes addressed by the great Italian writer.

The 2024 Francescutti Scholarship of Excellence, valued up to $2,000, will be divided into four age groups:

  1. Primary Division (ages 6-8): $350 scholarship value
  2. Junior Division (ages 9-11): $450 scholarship value
  3. Intermediate Division (ages 12-13): $550 scholarship value
  4. High School (ages 14-17): $650 scholarship value

Please find the guidelines for Accademia's 2024 Scholarships here

Accademia dei Ragazzi would like to thank Carlo Francescutti and his company Halloween and Hobby for this fantastic collaboration.

Course Locations

Saturday Programs are held in Toronto at 918 Bathurst Arts Centre (918 Bathurst St, Toronto), the Columbus Centre (901 Lawrence Ave. W.), and Toronto Junction (20 Sousa Mendes St.). In Vaughan, we offer our programs at Ansley Grove Library (350 Ansley Grove Rd). In the Durham Region, our courses are held at Oshawa Italian Recreation Club (245 Simcoe St S, Oshawa).

Course Schedule

Session Time Location Start End
FALL Saturday 9:30 a.m. In Person, Hybrid and Online September 21, 2024 December 7, 2024

*The calendar may vary in different locations.

Membership and Fees

Accademia dei Ragazzi is a not-for-profit organization and we ask families payment of $50 for an annual membership. This contribution helps Accademia guarantee discounts for larger families and carry out some social and cultural initiatives. Accademia offers maximum flexibility to families and allows them to pay membership fees any time during the school year. With a membership, families have full access to all our offers and events as well as opportunities to win awards and scholarships.

Fees for courses are between $200 and $300 per session.

We offer our members:
- Sibling Discount of 10% on courses
- Referral Discount of 12% on courses
- The chance to win the Francescutti Scholarship of Excellence
- The opportunity to win awards and prizes from Accademia
- The opportunity to participate in cultural and social events (in person or virtually) organized by Accademia

Registration Forms

Use the following forms to register for an upcoming class or an annual membership.