New courses 2021-2022

  • IHL Accredited Classes – The first change we made is to adapt the name of our courses known as LCI (Lingua e Cultura Italiana) to their true nature, that is a heritage language. Therefore from now on we’ll call them IHL, Italian as a Heritage Language.

 Due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, all our locations are closed until further notice.

All classes will be continuing online until we are allowed to .


IAASD is now a CILS test center certified by the University of Siena, Italy

Certifications on the mastery of the Italian language are numerous and are issued by the university institutions or by cultural institutions of various kinds (Italian Academy of LanguageDante Alighieri Society). IAASD has obtained recently the certification of CILS test center from the prestigious University of Siena and the school will be able to offer exams to certify your proficiency in Italian language valid for admission into Italian universities, for obtaininig work permits, or Italian citizenship.  Stay tuned for the B1-Cittadinanza test date in December 2019.

What is CILS?

CILS, the Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera or CILS) is a qualification offered by the Foreigners University of Siena for foreign speakers of the Italian language, recognizing various levels of language proficiency (A1 to C2)

For more info please see the following link: CILS EXAM at IAASD


Italian for fun, Italian for life

Established in 2011, the Italian American Academy of San Diego is a thriving, grass roots non-profit Italian language school for children. Created by parents and Italian educators alike, our mission is to preserve, promote and share the rich Italian language and culture with the children of San Diego. Our rigorously selected and screened native-speaking staff of educators, deeply engage with children of all nationalities and ages through unique, passionate and engaging teaching methods.

Our wide variety of courses, which always feature a low student-to-teacher ratio, run several days a week in 2 convenient San Diego locations: Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church (University City) and the Connect English School (University City).