for Ages 2 - 18




Below we post schools recommended by parents or educators based upon their personal experience with these language or cultural immersion programs.  We seek to create a diverse listing of good schools accessible to parents with a range of financial means.  If you would like to contribute a school to this list, please send information to us at: I Know of  a Good Immersion Program or Nanny.



Costs:  The school options listed on this page have a broad tuition range. 


$  - Only the cost of travel or moving to that public school district; 

$$ - Lower Range Tuition (Financial Aid available)

$$$ - Mid Range Tuition (Financial aid available.)

$$$$ - Highest Range Tuition (Financial aid A - available.

Mandarin (Chinese)

Hudson Way Immersion: Near Riverside Drive in the 60's. - $$$

Hudson Way Immersion is a N - 5th grade school is considered to be the best language immersion school for children in New York City.  It enrolls more than 170 day school students. It has a highly experienced immersion educational leaders, fluent in the target languages and best practices in immersion.  The school is a member of the Asia Society’s Chinese Early Language Immersion Network (CELIN). Membership in this organization, which is by invitation only, is exclusive to leading Mandarin immersion programs.  And boasts superior academic testing results and unprecedented Mandarin proficiency levels.  Morningside PlayCare is a feeder nursery school for Hudson Way.  Mission: ​We believe children should be given the opportunity to become multilingual, global citizens who are flexible and creative thinkers. 

Morningside PlayCare - $$

Mandarin Seeds – Tribeca

A ​ full​ immersion Mandarin ​Chinese ​ program ​created by a passionate group of Mandarin-speaking educators. The ​dynamic ​ curriculum is designed for mixed age group of 2 to 5 year olds ​ to study a wide range of subjects in​ a ​100% Mandarin Chinese environment, such as music, science, math, social studies. Students learn Mandarin through various age-appropriate activities and hands-on projects. Each class is taught by two to three teachers ​ensuring a ​low student-to-teacher ratio.  

PS 20



Principal – Sarah Pinto
Parent Coordinator – Tina Mo



PHONE: 212-254-9577

PS20 Anna Silver is the only elementary school in District 1 to offer both  Spanish/English and Mandarin/English curricula, and one of only nine Manhattan schools to participate in the Department of Education’s Citywide Dual Language Initiative. Our teaching staff includes 13 instructors who are certified to teach Dual Language programs. Our Spanish program began in 2015, and our Mandarin program began in 2010,  Space is still available in these exciting programs for the 2016-2017 school year. In Dual Language classes, 50% of students are English Language Learners (ELL) and 50% are English-proficient students. Both groups of students receive instruction in English and either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. They may have social studies, math and science lessons in either language.
 For more information contact Parent Coordinator, Tina Mo at YMO2@schools.nyc.gov or 212 254 9577.


Moving to a District 1 neighborhood is worth considering, given that it is a PreK - 8 school, and District 1 residents have priority admissions.  

Shuang Wen School is committed to preparing students for global economic competition by helping them achieve second language competency through dual language acquisition learning model. By including both English Language Learners and native English Speakers and having them study and integrate in all subject area classes, the curriculum establishes an integrated environment that helps each student achieve the highest level of language proficiency. Heritage Chinese Speakers and English Language Learners receive instructions in English and Mandarin Chinese in the subject areas to strengthen their knowledge in content areas; Native English speakers learn and practice Mandarin Chinese through actively learning and interaction in the content classes and achieve higher level of competency in all content subject areas, creating win-win academic results for all students.
Principal – Iris Chiu
Parent Coordinator – Meisheng Alice Ju McCabe

PS184 - Shuang Wen

Avenues World Schools - In Chelsea near 23rd Street and 11th Avenue. - $$$$

This is a N - 12 school that seeks to graduate students who are accomplished in the academic skills one would expect; at ease beyond their borders; truly fluent in a second language; good writers and speakers one and all; confident because they excel in a particular passion; artists no matter their field; practical in the ways of the world; emotionally unafraid and physically fit; humble about their gifts and generous of spirit; trustworthy; aware that their behavior makes a difference in our ecosystem; great leaders when they can be, good followers when they should be; on their way to well-chosen higher education; and, most importantly, architects of lives that transcend the ordinary.  The early learning center curriculum has a 50% immersion program.  Parents may choose Mandarin or Spanish.  


Petits Poussins - Harlem (W 126th Street) - $$

Petits Poussins LLC was founded by Vanessa Handal-Ghenania, a certified Bilingual Education teacher and school administrator, and mother of three young boys. Petits Poussins LLC is a BilingualFrench Group Family Daycare. We offer half-day and full-day care for children 6 weeks old and above. Our multicultural trained team provides care and education in French in the morning and English in the afternoon. We offer educational programs which include music, art, dance, singing, reading, and writing throughout the day. We accept children on a full-time and part-time basis, throughout the year, on a first come and rolling basis. At Petits Poussins we understand parents and are very flexible with their schedules. Parents can register children for specific days of the week or half-days. We are open throughout the year from 8am to 6pm.

Our team at Petits Poussins is trained on an on-going basis. Each and every caregiver is trained and CPR/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross. We go on and beyond the Daycare requirements as we are also MAT (Medication Administration Training) certified.  Visit their website.

Ecole Internationale de New York – Flatiron District

La Petite Ecole – Tribeca & Upper West Side 

L’atelier French Preschool – Upper West Side

Nanny Listings - Nanny's can be a great option, if started in the earliest years; AND if your Nanny faithfully engages in 100% target language, 100% of the time.  A Nanny trained in eliciting responses from children in the target language is best.  Children who have full comprehension as a result of Nanny exposure, can often be well-positioned for enrollment in a language immersion program during first or second grade, when these schools find the child very attractive.  This is where the child will learn to produce language, as well as comprehend.    View a Nanny Listings Home Page.  https://www.care.com/french-speaking-child-care/new-york-ny


Rella's Spielhaus in Harlem (125th near 5th)


Rella’s Spielhaus is proud to be the first licensed German Immersion Daycare in Manhattan. The program is full German Immersion with native German speaking early childhood teachers and care takers that are educated in the fields of Montessori, Pikler, bi-lingual/bi-cultural education, music and dance. We accommodate up to 12 children ages 6 months (very limited amount of babies can be accepted, sorry!) to 5 years.


Their mission is to create a safe and inspiring first home away from home. We offer an individualized program filled with singing, reading books, art projects, science and lots of movement and dance. The teachers specifically tailor the curriculum to the children’s different learning styles, while introducing first steps to socialization. Check out the photos for a first impression.  The program considers that it is paramount to create a home-like environment where the youngest amongst us can take part in a “day-time-family”, speak German and learn about and celebrate their cultural heritage.  Visit their website.

Kinderspiel – Battery City

This German and Spanish immersion preschool offers a structured, play-based curriculum with a strong emphasis on music. German classes are offered morning and afternoon; Spanish classes are offered afternoons only. Extended day and a summer immersion program are also available.  Kinderspiel serves ages 2 - 5.  Visit their website.


Pusteblume International Preschool – Chelsea
Age 2-5
With a Spanish immersion mixed-age program for children ages 3 to 5, and a German immersion program for kids ages 2 to 5, this school combines educational philosophies from German- and Spanish-speaking countries, as well as from the United States. Based on inquiry and play, the curriculum is rich in art, music and cultural experiences.

Two Terrific, Three Fantastic – Upper East Side
Ages 2-4
This play-based preschool combines structured activities with free play and the choice to learn Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and French in a bilingual setting. Classes are co-taught by an English-speaking teacher and a native-language speaking teacher. Children enrolled five days per week choose two languages, children enrolled two or three days per week choose one language. These are morning-only programs; there is also a full-immersion afternoon program.


Angie's Day Care - angela perez - 6464-590-4754


Willing to Move to Another State for Free Mandarin Immersion?

Consider Utah, Minnesota, Delaware, and Portland, Oregon.

A major focus of the Early Learning Center is on the development of social skills. Hands-on and experiential skill development is individualized, as well as in small groups. Children develop independence and work on problem solving. Children learn how to interact with others and how to learn in groups. The curriculum thus includes:

  1. Development of both fine and gross motor skills

  2. Individualized focus on language, literacy and writing skills

  3. Estimation and early math readiness and problem solving

  4. A scientific view of the world: simple experiments

  5. The beginnings of the World Course that will spiral through all years of the Avenues curriculum

  6. Introduction of Chinese and Spanish through 50 percent immersion (see OPEN posts on learning a second language and on immersion).

A chart of the Early Learning Center curriculum is available here.

Partial Immersion Programs

These schools are great for heritage learners who already have some knowledge of or outside exposure to the language; as well as for non-speakers whose parents are seeking a strong early years exposure, without desiring to assure fluency or proficiency.  


The International Academy of New York  -  Located on the West Side in the 70's.

Children spend 40% of their school week learning Mandarin or Spanish.  At International Academy of New York, diversity, bilingual, and culture aren’t just words in a viewbook or on a website; they’re at the center of everything we do. Our students come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. Our families delight in raising children whose friends come from the Upper East Side, Harlem, Israel, Ecuador, China… truly near and far. We study Central Park, and we study the globe. English, Spanish, and Mandarin are freely spoken throughout the school. Students at International Academy work with teachers from around the world, many of whom are native speakers of Spanish and Mandarin, the focus of our bilingual curriculum. Walk through our halls, and you’ll see Chinese, Spanish, and Latin culture in every direction. A parent once said, “This is the first school I’ve seen where you don’t even have to talk about diversity. You just live it.” I appreciate that compliment, but we will always be a school fully engaged in that conversation.

Cultural Immersion Programs

These schools are great for for mixed heritage or other families who wish to steep their children in a particular culture in a high quality learning environment.  These schools do not necessarily have language immersion programs.

The Learning Tree - Bronx, NY

Cambria Center for the Gifted - Cambria Heights, Queens (Near Nassau County Border)

Association of Historically Black Independent Schools

Rodeph Sholom Schools  -  A coeducational independent nursery through eighth grade Reform Jewish independent school.  This school serves ages 2 - 8th grade.  

See Also:  Schechter Day School Network (Association of Jewish Day Schools)

AHBIS - Association of Historically Black Independent Schools

La Escuelita – Upper West Side

My Little Language School Montessori – Upper West Side


Clara Mohammed School

The mission of Clara Mohammed School is to provide an excellent, advanced education based on Qur’anic principles, the life of Mohammed The Prophet (PBUH), and the vision and language of Imam W.D. Mohammed.  We are open to all students and our goal is to provide a stimulating educational environment that encourages the growth and development of the excellent moral nature that the Creator has created in each human being.  Our school provides a nurturing and trusting atmosphere, which unites students, parents and staff in a harmonious relationship dignified by mutual respect.

Hola NYC – Upper West Side
Ages 2-4

Pusteblume International Preschool

244 West 14th Street 

New York, NY 10011

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280 Rector Place 

New York, NY 10280

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Two Terrific, Three Fantastic

888 Lexington Avenue 

New York, NY 10065

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La Petite Ecole

159 West 82nd Street 

New York, NY 10024

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La Petite Ecole

45 White Street 

New York, NY 10013

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L'atelier French Preschool

271 West 73rd Street 

New York, NY 10023

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FIAF Preschool

22 East 60th Street 

Brooklyn, NY 10022

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Mandarin Seeds

279 Church Street 

New York, NY 10013

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La Escuelita

302 West 91st Street 

New York, NY 10024

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My Little Language School Montessori

225 West 99th Street 

New York, NY 10025

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Hola NYC

263 West 86th Street 

New York, NY 10024

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Ecole Internationale de New York

206 Fifth Avenue 

New York, NY 10010

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