Portuguese Language School

Do you want your child to learn how to speak Portuguese and to be exposed to the Portuguese culture? Here is a great opportunity!
Jorge de Sena Portuguese Language School is pleased to announce that we are currently taking applications for the 2022-23 school year! Classes will start on Monday, September 19th at Our Lady of Assumption Hall in Turlock. Classes are held on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Children who are currently enrolled in Pre-K through sixth grade are eligible to attend.
An adult class will also be provided based on the number of people who sign up. Adult classes start on the same day and are held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
There is a $90 fee per student. Once classes are filled, names will be placed on a waiting list. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Machado at escolajdsturlock@gmail.com
To access the applications, either scan the QR codes or use the links below:

For information contact

Michelle Machado at


or call 209.410-2557.


5 – 7 PM for children
Location: Our Lady of Assumption Parish Hall
Cost: $90 per studen

Jorge de Sena School was began in 1985 by parents who wanted their children to attend Portuguese language classes. The first class was offered as a six week summer program in Livingston. There were approximately fifty students, first through sixth grade, and three volunteer teachers. The following year the summer classes were moved to Our Lady of the Assumption Hall in Turlock.

Eventually the classes were changed to Monday nights from 5 PM until 7 PM and were offered from September until the end of May.  As the Portuguese language school grew, parents started a fundraiser to help buy supplies for the school and compensate the teachers.  The fundraiser is held every year in January and it consists of a Matança dinner, where many traditional Portuguese foods are served.

Currently there are seven certificated teachers who teach over 100 students from Pre-K through sixth grade at Jorge de Sena School.  Many of the students who attend Jorge de Sena School are of Portuguese descent, but there are also children whose parents just want them exposed to a new language and culture.