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Curriculum

Conchita Espinosa Academy provides children with a complete education, which extends beyond traditional schooling, in order to create well-rounded, whole individuals.

Conchita Espinosa’s method of education was based on her belief in the power of the arts to transform, enhance, and stimulate young minds. The integration of the arts and traditional academic subjects continues to be the core of the school’s curriculum today. 

Throughout the school day, character education takes place, and students are engaged in an environment that fosters the development of self-discipline, respect for self and other, and empathy.

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
  • LOWER SCHOOL
  • UPPER SCHOOL
  • ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • WORLD LANGUAGES
  • DREAMS
  • THE ARTS

Early Childhood Program (K-3, K-4, and K-5)

Our early childhood program provides students with the opportunity to develop the natural curiosity and sense of wonder inherent in all children. We work to create experiences that enhance intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth while honoring the unique time in life known as childhood. Students are introduced to the delight of school through music, art, science, dance, and language in an environment fostering cooperation, independence, and creativity, setting the foundation for the years to follow in elementary and middle school. Learning through play is essential to each day.

Grades 1-4

Through a solid academic curriculum, lower school students at Conchita Espinosa Academy (CEA) acquire the necessary skills and knowledge allowing them to grow. Our curriculum encompasses more than the standard format of reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science. The integration of the arts into all academic areas promotes the students’ ability to understand abstract concepts, make connections between areas of study, and find applications of lessons to their daily lives, enhancing their preparation for the coming upper school years.

Grades 5-8

Upper school is the culmination of the eleven-year process students experience at CEA. Our upper school is uniquely designed to meet the challenges of the early teen years. Students are provided the necessary continuity, structure, and security required for a successful transition from childhood to adolescence. Our strong and demanding academic curriculum coupled with an emphasis on developing organizational skills, time management, study skills, and social skills prepares students for success in future academic careers and life endeavors within a co-educational environment. Critical thinking, problem solving, resourcefulness, discourse, creativity, and development of individual passions are at the heart of all classes. During these years students continue to use their linguistic abilities in both English and Spanish to communicate ideas and dreams.

 

The Role of Technology

We believe in technology working for man,
not man for technology.

We recognize that children need to learn through engaging activities and developmentally appropriate lessons that stimulate the five senses. At CEA, technology is integrated into the educational process to enhance active learning, not to replace it.

Every classroom features an interactive whiteboard. IPads and laptops are available to all students. Starting in 6th grade, our upper school features a 1:1 iPad program, specifically designed to foster creativity, problem solving, and digital citizenship. Applications are used for a large variety of purposes including composing music, making videos, learning grammar, and working on math problems.

In 2014, CEA served as a national model for the success of its technology integration program when Lynda Hastings, former Technology Curriculum Director at CEA was invited to present a session at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) 2014, an international conference that brings education leaders and technology experts together to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success.

pdf Acceptable Use of Technology


21st Century School
by Lynda Hastings, M. Ed.

Here is a link to Ms. Hastings’ iBook, which illustrates the various activities in which CEA utilizes technology to enhance the learning experience from the Early Childhood through the Middle School levels.

World Languages

Reflective of CEA's commitment to preparing the whole child for the world of tomorrow, educating students to speak more than one language is a priority. The language program program at CEA includes Spanish and French, and is based on conversation, quality literature, composition and grammar to promote acquisition, development, and fluency.

Spanish Language Program

The Spanish Language at CEA utilizes "best practices" methodology to ensure that students throughout the school become listeners, speakers, readers, and writers of Spanish. CEA benefits from a collaborative relationship with Spain's Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte. Each year "Auxiliares de Conversación" travel from Spain to work with the Academy's existing Spanish language faculty, aiding and enhancing the program's efforts to become truly bilingual. Lower School students have Spanish class twice a week and Upper School students have Spanish three times a week as part of their curriculum.

French Language Program

As a part of CEA's commitment, growth and vision to prepare our students to be global citizens, CEA has extended the Language program to include French. The French Language program is an after-school program designed for students in 3rd through 8th grades who have demonstrated a high proficiency and competence in Spanish. Classes are held twice a week, and are limited to a maximum of ten students per class.

 

DREAMS

Leaders for the 21st century must have the ability to communicate clearly, think critically, analyze and evaluate, and create and design all aspects of their lives.  Our DREAMS classes (Dance, Religion, Español, Art, Music, and Sports) help us meet these goals for our children.

Through the arts (music, dance, visual arts), students are afforded multiple opportunities to fine tune their judgment, to create, and stretch their senses.  In religion we address our needs as human beings to explore our spiritual selves.  PE and fitness allow students to strengthen their bodies and understand the connection of body and mind.  And, of course, our global society requires we have the ability to communicate with the rest of the world, which is why a second language is imperative.  Our Spanish classes enhance our ability to communicate clearly, not only in Spanish but also in English as we improve vocabulary and discover links between languages.

In short, our DREAMS classes are at the core of our curriculum and are woven into all aspects of life at CEA.

The Arts

At CEA, the visual and performing arts are an important part of the curriculum.  Not only because of their intrinsic value, but because the arts serve as an important conduit to learning important life skills.  Human beings need creativity to feel fulfilled.  Participation in the arts forces an individual to approach tasks from various perspectives and encourages individuals to take risks and “think outside the box.”  Whether it’s learning a new musical composition, or expressing an emotion through dance or a self-portrait, every child is given the opportunity to express unique aspects of him or herself through the arts, thus providing an outlet for expression of their inner world.  This ability helps children to acquire the confidence, strength and perseverance necessary to finding one’s element and niche in an ever expanding world of opportunity. 

Not only effective in increasing self-knowledge and awareness, the arts further strengthen skills necessary to work effectively with others.  Skills such as collaboration, accountability and the taking in of constructive criticism are key skills learned through participation in the arts.  A composer can compose a beautiful symphony, but if musicians do not work together in their interpretation and mastery of the notes, we would be unable to hear and enjoy the symphony.  An openness to recognizing the role of all involved in the development and mastery of an art form, provides children with an openness to the fundamental interconnectedness of life.

 

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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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