While learning another language takes time and dedication, it greatly benefits a child’s intellectual and emotional development. Our goal is to have our students become proficient in Spanish in a period of 3 to 4 years. We offer small group classroom instruction as well as one-on-one tutorial services.
Expanding young minds to achieve a global perspective and effectively meet the demands of an ever changing and interconnected world.
Advancing academic achievement and emotional growth by helping children learn Spanish through effective, long-term programs where the arts combined with innovative teaching strategies encourage self expression, creativity, and collaboration.
ChiCeLaCu! was founded by Maureen Santamaria in 2007 and is the only immersion center in the area specializing solely in Spanish. ChiCeLaCu! began operations with its Saturday Program at Epiphany United Methodist Church in Vienna. Soon the program expanded to include the After School and Preschool program. In 2009 and after providing services from the Vienna Community Center, ChiCeLaCu! opened its own location in Tysons Corner, Virginia while simultaneously offering its preschool program from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. The program Spanish at Your School began in 2009 and expanded the center’s reach to several public and private schools in Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.
Learning another language is a slow process that takes time, dedication and a commitment from both parents and students. Since ChiCeLaCu!’s inception, many children have graduated from our program. The class of 2010 was ChiCeLaCu!’s first graduating class, with students completing 3 consecutive years in the program. These children achieved notable progress reading, writing and speaking Spanish.
Curriculum and Students
We offer several Spanish Immersion programs for children ages 3 through 12 years of age. Students learn to speak, read, and write through games, music, puppetry, dance, theater and traditional classroom instruction.
Our curriculum came to fruition after a long review process of existing educational models from Latin America. We offer a complete curriculum for Pre-K to 6th grade based on UNESCO-funded educational initiatives implemented in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Peru. Experience has shown that a long-term curriculum of at least 4 consecutive years is the most effective way for a child to reach Spanish proficiency.
Small group sizes and tutoring services allow teachers to offer individualized attention that caters to each student’s level and learning needs. To monitor and showcase their progress, we hold quarterly evaluations, parent/teacher conferences, and two performances per year.
ChiCeLaCu! offers the following options:
ChiCeLaCu!’s cadre of native Spanish-speaking teachers are active in or retired from the Fairfax County Public School System and many possess from 15 to 25 years of classroom experience in schools, colleges and Universities in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua, Honduras, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Cuba. At a minimum, each teacher has a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following: Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Music Education, Dance and Physical Education. All staff is required to complete a background check for the Child Protective Service Registry, receive CPR /First Aid training and a TB test every two years.
To achieve program objectives, ChiCeLaCu invests in creating a learning environment that is aesthetically and physically in line with our educational philosophy. The center offers an organized and inviting place to play and learn. We take pride in our warm, bright, classrooms and common areas that include color, language, art, music, manipulatives, toys and books… many, many books! Our center is equipped with size and age appropriate tables and chairs, open areas for floor-time activities, and shelves filled with materials appropriate for different age groups.
Vienna / Tysons Facility
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