Tessa International School is an independent, bilingual school in Hoboken, New Jersey, offering Spanish, Mandarin or French programs to its families.
Incorporating best practices from around the world, students are challenged through the teaching and learning every day.
Tessa follows the International Baccalaureate approach, in conjunction with official Spanish, Mandarin and French curricula, and provides a strong educational foundation for children aged 2 through elementary.
The school aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, caring and respectful children of the world.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 126 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,740
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School News

  • Tessa International School: Teaching Future Global Leaders - 06/23/2021
    There has never been a time like the present, where international cooperation is so vital in an ever-connecting world. Schools are taking into consideration how they teach students to become ...moreengaged global citizens, not just citizens of their own community. Tessa International School in Hoboken offers a unique setting for children to experience four major cultures in an effort to prepare them to be global leaders. hide

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
126 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Tessa International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Megan Ames

School Notes

  • A bilingual education is unparalleled to any other learning approach and shows benefits that will be carried throughout your child`s lifetime. Research indicates that the brain circuits associated with language learning are more flexible at a young age. That is why here at Tessa, we start learning French, Spanish or Mandarin as early as 2 years old with 80% of learning in the target language. In Primary School, classes are taught 50% in the target language, and 50% in English. 
  • At the heart of our curricula is the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB provides your child with the essential skills for lifelong learning and leads to the world-respected IB Diploma. 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.
  • Our program features the French National Curriculum and curricula from Spanish and Chinese-speaking countries. We also consider the NJ standards. This dynamic and goal-oriented learning environment provides students with the skills to challenge themselves in an environment that holds them to high academic standards.
  • Our program is structured so that it encourages and facilitates creative and critical thinking skills, while engaging students in discovery, inquiry, and problem-solving. They are constantly and positively challenged, so that they are used to and enjoy giving their best.
Profile last updated: 10/12/2021

School Reviews

We are very pleased with the education Tessa has been providing for our son. We feel they offer an environment in which he can thrive and shine. In the few months he`s been there, his knowledge of Spanish has grown tremendously. We love hearing him count and sing in Spanish! And we can tell the teachers and administration care about each and every one of the students; he is genuinely happy to go to school each day. We are very happy to be a part of the Tessa family!
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 126 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $25,740
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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