Elementary School

1ST to 4TH GRADE INCLUSIVE

Mon-FRI | 9:00am - 3:00pm
optional extended day is 7:00am - 6:00pm

¡Hola! ¡Beinvenidos a la clase de Ingles y Español!

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO OUR CLASS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH!

Elementary School

1ST to 4TH GRADE INCLUSIVE

Mon-FRI | 9:00am - 3:00pm
optional extended day is 7:00am - 6:00pm

¡Hola! ¡Beinvenidos a la clase de Ingles y Español!

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO OUR CLASS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH!

FULL SPANISH IMMERSION

All grade levels (1st through to 4th) are full Spanish immersion.

THE BILINGUAL ADVANTAGE

Bilingualism is a significant competitive advantage in both school AND later in life even with partial fluency. It has been proven to be a significant advantage to brain development (better focus and faster task switching). Also, it is a significant advantage when applying to colleges and job hunting afterward in every industry and field.

NO SPANISH EXPERIENCE OR FAMILY BACKGROUND REQUIRED

If your child has ZERO SPANISH, he or she will catch-up – we’ve seen it many many times. We have never had a student fall behind academically. They may struggle for the first month or two; at this age (6 to 10 years), they tend to end each day excited, and begin each day apprehensive for the first while, but soon they will catch-up and every day will become a gift to them today, to you, and to their future.

SMALL CLASS SIZES MAKE A HUGE IMPACT

We guarantee small class sizes. It’s so critical to your child’s education and learning that they receive personalized attention that small class sizes and teacher to student ratios are part of our mandate. We take education very seriously, and we want to ensure your child doesn’t just have a bright future, but has every opportunity to get ahead of the curve.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BEYOND THE BASICS

Courthouse Academy follows the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL’s) which state the public schools’ educational goals for the school year. However, we use the SOL’s as a starting place to launch from rather than the goals for the year. We consider the SOL’s the foundation only, on top of which we build your child’s future.

READING TWO GRADE LEVELS ABOVE PEERS

By the 3rd grade students at Courthouse Academy generally read one to two grades above their same-age peers – in both Spanish and English.

WE CARE FOR THE MIND & BODY

We have a full curriculum including all sciences, math, arts, and social studies. We also do not neglect the body, as physical movement is a key to a fully development person. We have sports programs and gym classes as all schools might.

LOW STUDENT-TEACHER RATIOS AND SMALL CLASS SIZES

What they say about smaller class sizes is true – kids learn better, faster, and get far more personalized attention. That’s why we offer a 1-8 teacher to student ratio which is much lower than most other private and all public options.  This means your child will excel through much more individual attention from his teachers.

ALL-INCLUSIVE ENRICHMENTS

Spanish, Art, Physical Education, and Music education is included at no extra charge.  We don’t want you to worry about any “additional fees.”

FULL STEM / STEAM CURRICULUM

A focus on technology, science, and math will help your child compete in today’s world and gain confidence in these important curriculum areas. We do this without sacrificing art and music.

GROUP PROJECTS THAT INSPIRE TEAMWORK

Some of the recent group projects the children have completed include reading the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds and then working together constructing chains out of one single piece of construction paper, students also had to see who could make the highest tower out of index cards and sticky dots. During the summer the students built a bridge for the playground. Kids learn cooperation, teamwork, and communication skills in our group projects.

EXPERIENTIAL, HANDS-ON APPROACH

Your child will get outside the classroom for interactive learning, rather than just having “desk work”.  This is especially great for high-energy children who need to move while they learn.

HOMEWORK CLUB

Students who attend our Extended Day program have the opportunity to get their homework done before going home in the evening- a true lifesaver for parents!

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS

ART CLASS

In Art class the children will experience learning through strengthening their fine motor skills, creativity and confidence. Learning how to hold a paint brush and scribbling with a crayon or marker will help them to develop their fine motor skills. Allowing them to have the freedom to use their inner creativeness will enrich their minds and build their self-confidence while they complete their masterpieces.

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COMPUTERS

We live in a technologically advanced world and therefore introduce computers as another way to teach the students in a media alternative to pen and paper. Students delve into a (closely monitored) world of the internet which has never ending possibilities for research and learning.

GYM

Physical Education Class (gym), whether it is outdoors or indoors in our gymnasium will teach the children how to cooperate in a team setting, follow rules and stay focused. Gym class will help strengthen the children’s gross motor skills while they run, play games, learn sports and interact with each other.

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MUSIC

In Music class the students will learn to become masters of memorization and to be able to develop language and reasoning while entering a world that engages them to be silly and creative. Music helps to build upon pattern recognition and math skills and helps children to be more focused. Music guides them in their emotional development.

TAP AND BALLET

Tap and Ballet class help the children to be physically fit. Children love to move to music, and this is where they can do it! Students are encouraged to focus, listen to directions and integrate the two into dance moves. Students develop poise and exercise control over their bodies. At the end of the year the dancers showcase what they have learned in their fabulous costumes at the recital in June.

HIP HOP

Hip hop keeps the children active in a healthy way. Moving to the rhythmic patterns in hip hop class the students will enjoy their time dancing. Students improve their ability to focus and follow directions while learning to command their bodies. At the end of the year the hip hoppers will put on a recital and showcase their costumes and their moves!

Elementary Soccer

SOCCER

Soccer shots comes to the school and teaches the children the fundamentals of soccer. The kids love it and the coaches are fantastic!

Fun Bus

FUN BUS

The Fun Bus drives into Courthouse Academy weekly and parks at the school. The kids cannot get enough. It is fitness and fun on wheels.

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BOOK FAIR

Twice a year Courthouse Academy hosts a book fair where families can peruse a wonderful assortment of books, activities, and toys and may make their choice of purchases. These fairs support our students’ reading and also supports the school as Scholastic provides the school with academic materials.

Rock It Science

ROCK-IT SCIENCE

Rock-It Science offers a fun hands-on class and also encourages development of fine motor, language, math, and thinking skills. It’s mission is to introduce young students to the scientific method and encourage a desire to find answers, come up with questions, and predict outcomes.

Frequently asked questions

Extensive studies have shown the benefits and increases to creativity, focus, lateral thinking, and other enhancements that occur in a child’s brain. These last a lifetime. If your child continues to practice their Spanish and become fully bilingual, it will then become a competitive advantage for college and jobs afterwards. It’s an excellent feature to distinguish yourself on a resume! Read more on our page “Benefits of Being Bilingual

This is a very common question from touring families. Families do not need to speak Spanish in order for their children to be successful learners. This is where the process of immersion is especially valuable. Because your child is being spoken to  in Spanish throughout their school day, they are getting enough exposure to the language to grasp and master Spanish without using it at home. Of course, practicing at home or with other Spanish speakers is always helpful, but research shows (and our experience confirms) that children with little or no reinforcement of Spanish at home are just as successful in immersion programs as those with native speakers at home. Moreover, families and caregivers do not need to speak Spanish to have good communications with teachers and other staff, either. We will always speak to parents & caregivers in English.

This is one of our most-asked questions. It is completely understandable for parents to wonder how their child will be able to follow along when they begin in an immersion classroom. Your child will understand what is going on in class and learn Spanish the same way they learned their first language—naturally.

Your child’s teacher will:

• use lots of gestures and visual prompts including hand and body cues, inflection, and facial signals to make sure all children in class are able to follow along easily, and
• utilize stories, songs, games, and play to make clear what is being conveyed.

While all of these methods are used to encourage understanding Spanish, there is always a English speaking teacher in the room to translate and clarify when necessary.

Not at all; we teach in both languages to ensure that our students excel in both.

WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

My daughter has been going to Courthouse for a little over 3 months and I absolutely Love it! The staff is so kind and friendly. The teachers really engage with the kids and I love getting updates/pictures throughout the day!

Sarah Ullrich

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Parent

parent review

My fourth grader reads at an 8th grade level, can converse easily in Spanish and writes it too! My three year old is learning Spanish as well and loves it! They both hate to miss school.

Samantha Jenkins Marti

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Parent

"I like art because I can draw show my parents Ms. Holly has very fun ideas."

Frank Marti

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Fourth Grade Student

3rd grade student

"I like music when we do meditation because it helps us focus when we do our songs. I like Mr. Evan because he’s a great teacher!"

Sophia Snobl

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Third Grade Student

MEET YOUR TEACHERS

Your child deserves the best – and that’s who’s going to teach them.

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Maestra Irene

Teacher
justine

Miss Justine

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Miss Amy

Teacher

Maestra Daicy

Teacher

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