For centuries Italy has been a source of political and religious leadership in Europe and the rest of the world.  As the home to Christianity as well as the heart of the Renaissance, Italy is unparalleled in its importance to Western civilization. From Leonardo da Vinci to Machiavelli to Columbus to Marconi to Pavarotti to Armani, Italian culture, style, and technology have been instrumental towards building the world we live in today.

As a Romance language, the roots of Italian can be traced to Latin. Sharing many elements with the other Romance languages (Spanish, French, etc.), Italian also bears some resemblance to English due to the heavy influence of Latin. For students who are native speakers of another Romance language, studying Italian provides an attractive alternative towards becoming a true polyglot.

At the elementary level, Italian is offered in Schools #4 and #9. Students may either continue or  begin their study of Italian in either of Linden’s middle schools. Linden High School provides all levels of Italian instruction ranging from beginning-level Level 1 through Level 5 Honors; for students pursuing either a certificate or diploma in the International Baccalaureate program, we offer an IB Italian SL course, as well.

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Italian Club

The Italian Club reinforces the study and appreciation of the Italian culture. This is done through movie viewings, social events and culturally significant events such as International Food Night. This club is open to all LHS students, and not those just in the Italian program. The main goal of the club is to strengthen bonds among students and to emphasize an appreciation of all things Italian. After initial meetings an election is held to determine officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and meetings are generally held bi-monthly or as needed.

Italian NHS

The Italian NHS, Società Onoraria Italica, exists as recognition for students that have completed a minimum of 2 years of Italian study and maintained an average of 90% or better in Italian and an overall GPA of 80% or better. Students are eligible to apply upon the completion of their second year of Italian. Students are honored in a ceremony that is held in the spring along with other world language honor societies. Additionally, one of the main goals of the society is to give back to humanity through community service oriented projects. These include the Holiday for Heroes program, Wounded Warrior Program, anti-bullying campaigns and any other service-oriented activities that the district of Linden participates in throughout the year. Applications are given out during the month of October and are due in November. Once members are accepted, elections are held to determine officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and meetings are generally held bi-monthly or as needed.

Italian Exchange

The Italian American Partnership is a two-year program that prepares students for participation in the Italian Exchange Program. The initial meetings involve educating students and parents as to the aims and objectives of the program. After students are chosen as participants, they prepare for the arrival of their Italian partners. Trips in the U.S. include New York City, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. After hosting Italian students for roughly 3 weeks, students prepare for their trip to Italy, which includes visits to cities such as Rome, Florence and other parts of Tuscany. Students are immersed in the Italian way of life for roughly 3 weeks. The major aims of this program are to improve student interpersonal communicative skills, but to also foster a respect and understanding for other cultures and customs. Meetings occur as necessary and involve parent participation as well.