Frequently Asked Questions

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What activities can parents volunteer for?

The Portuguese School belongs to the parents of the students who attend it. To prevent the tuition fee from being too high, parents should volunteer for jobs such as the following:

  • Belonging to the Parents Board that meets once a month and is responsible for managing the school (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and members).
  • Organize Bowling.
  • Organize the Christmas Party.
    • Fundraising for the Christmas Party.
    • Preparation of the book for the Christmas Party.
  • Organize the Annual Party.
    • Raising sponsorship for the Annual Festival book.
    • Preparation of the book for the Annual Festival.
    • Raising sponsorship for the baskets of the Annual Party.
  • Organize the School Tour.
  • Organize a spelling bee.
  • Raising funds from other institutions (companies, banks, etc.).
  • Social communication (Photographing events, writing articles for newspapers).
  • IT support: organize and maintain the school's IT structure (website, Google account, wiki, chronomaps.net, Moodle, online registration and payments, etc.).
  • One parent per class to manage communication between parents.
  • Organize events to which we are invited:
    • Organize Portuguese Language Day.
    • Arrange for the flag hoisting at City Hall.
    • Organize Portugal Day at PACA.
    • Portugal Day Parade in Elizabeth.

What is our schedule?

Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The table below shows this year's schedule. This schedule has been used for several years, but we cannot guarantee that it will be the same next year.
4:30 - 5:15 1st Year 3rd year 5th year
5:30 - 6:15 2nd Year 4th year 6th and 7th Year

What is the annual party?

The annual party is our biggest fundraising event. It is a party that the parents start organizing a few months before. Usually, it’s a Sunday, we go to a restaurant, and all the families and friends are invited to participate. A big moment of the party is our tricky-tray fundraising organized by our families who asked for donations or advertising baskets. Another important moment is the tribute to the students who graduated the year before the party. They get their certificates.  We also put together a yearbook where we can see what we did throughout the school year, the graduates can have a picture with a message from their proud families, and every parent can post a picture and a message to show their love to their children. This book is also an important part of our fundraising because we have local businesses advertising our event. Parents have an important role in this party by helping us get donations and advertisements for the tricky tray event and the yearbook.

What discounts can I get?

  • If you pre-register in May you get a $25.00 discount.
  • In case of registering siblings, the first one pays in full and the following ones have a discount of $25.00.

When and where can you pre-register?

We open pre-registration for a short period of time in May (usually the last 2 weeks of May). You can do it online- check our website or Facebook Page around that time to get the link. Pre-registration fee is $100.00 and payments are due at the time of pre-registration.

How many classes does the student have per week and academic year?

The student has access to two lessons per week and a total of 60 lessons per year.

How much is the tuition?

Tuition is $500.00 per school year.

At what age can a student enter school?

From the age of 6 or 7, the student can enter the Portuguese School.

Where are the ELPU classes?

Currently we only offer online classes. In person classes at St. Michaels School (1212 Kelly Street, Union 07083 NJ) might open next school year if we get a reasonable number of requests.

What kind of certificates or diplomas is it possible to obtain?


Camões Institute Certification Exam

Instituto Camões certificate can be used in universities around the world to acquire credits in Portuguese or to facilitate access to Portuguese universities, where costs are much lower than in American universities. IT'S also an important guarantee for the job market that the student knows Portuguese.


NEWL – National Examinations in World Languages.It is a certification that makes it easier for our students to enter American universities and gives them credits for up to five semesters in a second language (which can be a huge saving). This exam and certificate are awarded by the American Councils for International Education to five languages ​​considered critical for the United States: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Russian and Portuguese. See this synthesis video. https://youtu.be/g4h6LUAtfEE