Escuela Bolivia classes for the Spring semester begin on January 19, 2013 and end on May 18, 2013. In-person registration will be held on January 12, January 19, and January 26, 2012 starting at 9am at Claremont Elementary School, 4700 South Chesterfield Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201.
Our Spanish classes strengthen academic skills and help Latino families maintain their heritage while giving the broader community the opportunity to learn a new language and gain a deeper understating of Latin American cultures. An independent evaluation led by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) found our Spanish program to be one of the most affordable and highest quality in the Washington, DC region. Almost 50% of our students receive financial assistance in the form scholarships. Spanish classes for children and adults are held during the school year on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, VA.
Courses are taught by native Spanish speaking teachers, many of whom have taught in Latin America and hold full-time positions with Arlington Public Schools. Teachers represent different countries of origin such as Peru, Bolivia, and El Salvador. The program is led by Principal Augusto Wayar, a former math teacher in the program and educator of Arlington Public Schools. Committed to our mission, Principal Wayar has been involved with the Escuela Bolivia Program since its foundation and has played an integral role in our growth and success.
Student-focused, children’s Spanish classes accommodate beginners as well as students who have had prior Spanish instruction or are native speakers. Children work in small groups as they learn about Latin American art, music and traditions, while engaging in a full immersion program that boosts skills in math, science, reading, writing, and comprehension. The preK-2nd grade curriculum is based on the Santillana series, while 3rd-8th grade lessons are aligned to the Virginia Department of Education’s science standards, reinforcing a core academic subject.
Adult classes offer comprehensive lessons to beginner and intermediate Spanish learners. Students learn conversational Spanish while working at their own pace in a small class setting. Lessons progress through different levels of fluency, offering students the opportunity to develop speaking and comprehension skills. Many parents take advantage of these courses to learn or improve their Spanish skills while their children are also in the program.
Edu-Futuro is a partner of Arlington County’s Project Family, an early childhood and parenting initiative for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. This free course is offered in Spanish for children who are 1 to 3 years old at our Escuela Bolivia Program from 9:00am to 10:30am each Saturday morning. For more information on Project Family, please visit their website or contact Project Family, Maria Eugenia Wells at 703-228-1545. You may register your child for the Project Family class offered at the Escuela Bolivia Program at our registration page.