La Academia is a two-way immersion program that combines students from two language groups for instruction in both of their languages. Our regular kindergarten and elementary curriculum is taught in English and Spanish. Students have the opportunity to be both first-language models and second-language learners beginning in kindergarten and continuing through fifth grade.
In La Academia, kindergarten instruction will begin with 90% of the core academic instruction in Spanish and 10% in English. As children progress through the grades, the percentages shift until both languages are taught 50% of the day. A typical day in La Academia looks very similar to a traditional all-day kindergarten or elementary classroom. Students work toward the same academic standards, attend specialist classes, and go to lunch and recess. Students also have access to Club Care before and after school.
La Academia covers the same curriculum and holds the same standards for success as in our traditional kindergarten and first grade program. Teachers are licensed elementary teachers proficient in Spanish and English. There is no tuition for this program.
The hours for La Academia are 9:20 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. and the program is located in the Chaska Elementary Building, 1800 Chestnut St., Chaska. Transportation will be provided at no cost to families who live or attend day care within the District’s boundaries.