Our students start in a Montessori preschool where they are addressed in Spanish or English, whichever their native language is because making them feel comfortable and happy in their new environment is of utmost importance for us. They start learning phonics with the Spanish alphabet because it has only one sound per symbol (letter). This makes decoding much easier, in line with our philosophy of making learning enjoyable. Once fundamental life skills are acquired, the system evolves, gradually incorporating more traditional methodologies.
Our academic programs are designed to sequentially increase the conceptual demands in order for students to learn more and internalize it better. Our mainstream courses prepare students well for college admissions, but we also provide demanding options for those who wish to take higher-level courses. Four principles support the implementation of our rigorous academic demands: time on task counts, students are addressed at their level of understanding, concepts should be meaningful, and proper learning resources will be available and utilized.