More Than A School


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Conchita Espinosa Academy is a fully-accredited, co-educational independent private school for K3 through eighth grades. For over 80 years, Conchita Espinosa Academy has given its students an exceptional academic curriculum partnered with a sophisticated arts and humanities foundation, sensitivity to the arts and human needs, a sense of self-worth, and strong human values.


Alicia Espinosa

On Friday, August 18, 2017, Alicia Espinosa, the co-founder of Conchita Espinosa Academy and Conservatory of the Arts, peacefully passed from this world. Alicia was Conchita's sister and truly the wind beneath her wings.

Alicia Espinosa graduated as a professor in piano and music theory. In addition to her administrative role, she was a gifted piano teacher, who had a particularly special gift with the youngest children. Alicia was a present force from the opening of the school in 1933 in Havana, Cuba. Three decades later, when Conchita came to Miami to continue her life's work, Alicia remained behind to close the school and ensure that all teachers and employees were properly compensated and taken care of, before she joined Conchita in 1961.

In Miami, Alicia resumed her role, ensuring that Conchita's dream and her vision of rebuilding the school became a reality.
For over 70 years, Alicia was the constant force that structured Conchita's vision and was integral to the daily functioning of the school. Alicia took care of all financial aspects of the running of the school and conservatory, as well as many daily duties that allowed CEA to succeed for so many years. It was Alicia who was at the school at 6:30 in the morning so that parents could be at their jobs on time. She welcomed each child with love and made each one feel he came first. It was Alicia who stayed at the school until 7:30 or 8:00 o'clock at night allowing those parents the security of knowing their child was being watched by someone who loved them.

Her life examples of constancy, patience, peacemaking, humility, resilience, service, and hard work were threads woven into the legacy of CEA. She was a woman of few words but great action. She will be remembered always for her smile, the sparkle of her eyes and the warmth of her heart that brought comfort and strength to the thousands of children, parents, faculty, staff, and family that passed through the doors of CEA and her legacy is seen today in those who were touched by her life.

Her life's work is continued through her niece, Conchita's daughter, Maribel Zubieta Diaz, the Director of Conchita Espinosa Academy and Conservatory of the Arts and her great-nieces, Carol Diaz-Zubieta, Upper School Principal of CEA, and Dr. Ana Diaz-Zubieta, licensed psychologist as well as those students who have returned to work in the school and come back with their children. We are deeply grateful for her life and the work she accomplished.

Christina Gonzalez at DISRUPT Miami

On, Friday, July 28th, our Educational Technology Coordinator, Christina Gonzalez, was invited to participate in a panel discussion for DISRUPT Miami at The Langsford Hotel in Downtown Miami. DISRUPT Miami is a monthly breakfast series connecting like-minded individuals with local innovators and creators who are shaping the way of Miami's future. This month's discussion focused on education and the role the private sector plays in helping improve the quality of education in our schools in Miami. Ms. Gonzalez joined four other panelists from various walks of life, as she spoke about how the arts impact children and how CEA implements the arts into the curriculum and the students' daily lives. Ms. Gonzalez spoke about the importance of seeing each child as an individual and giving them an outlet to bring out their own "extraordinary". She also spoke about CEA's unique Mastery Program and how it allows our students to explore and hone in an area of interest or passion. When they opened up the Q&A session to the audience, an audience member said "if only all of our schools were like Conchita".

Other areas addressed in the discussion were the need for schools in Downtown Miami, the idea of education changing now that information is so easily accessible to our students, and the improvements that need to be made to our urban and under-served communities.

We are so proud of Ms. Gonzalez and the impact she is making on our community. Each day she is helping to make CEA "mejor, mejor, y mejor!"

Maribel Z. Diaz's speech to the
Graduating class of 2017

From the Desk of Maribel Zubieta-Diaz

It has been a summer of joy, growth, self-discovery and opportunity to make new friends, connect with old friends, and discover how fortunate we all are to be a part of the Conchita family.

     I feel grateful and fortunate to see our former students come back as teachers and counselors to our younger ones.  There is no greater reward than to see the children you have loved and guided grow into intelligent, caring and loving adults.  The history and legacy created by Conchita and all who followed continues to grow, giving our younger generation the physical, mental and spiritual tools to fulfill their destinies and build a better world.

     To the parents and families of our students, thank you for being part of the team.  Have a joyous rest of the summer and come back energized and curious to begin a spectacular 2017-2018 school year.

Maribel Z. Diaz, Director

Upcoming Events

CEA Happenings for the Week of September 4th, 2017


No Classes – Labor Day

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 5

Conservatory classes begin

wednesday, SEPTEMBER 6

Amor en Accion Bake Sale

Library Open for 5th and 6th Grade
Parents 6:00 – 7:00

Orientation Night for
5th and 6th Grades – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 7

Library Open for 7th and 8th Grade
Parents 6:00 – 7:00

Orientation Night for
7th and 8th Grades – 7:00 p.m.

friday, SEPTEMBER 8

Grand Opening of the Alicia Espinosa Library for students.

Happy Birthday, Diane Majors!

Happy Birthday, Patricia Saavedra!


1st Day of School (K-4th Grades)



1st Day of School (5th - 8th Grades)



Back to School Parent Meetings


1st and 2nd Grades - Tuesday, August 29
at 7:00 p.m. Parents only.

3rd and 4th Grades - Wednesday, August 30
at 7:00 p.m. Parents only

5th and 6th Grades - Wednesday, September 6
at 7:00 p.m. Parents only.

7th and 8th Grades - Thursday, September 7
at 7:00 p.m. Parents only.



Conservatory Classes
and French Classes Begin

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Conchita Espinosa Academy, 12975 SW 6th Street, Miami, FL 33184, Office: 305-227-1149, Fax: 305-225-0184

Conchita Espinosa Academy is accredited internationally, nationally and regionally by Accreditation International (AI), National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA) , the Middle States Association (MSA), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF). We are also members of the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF).


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