Charleston Bilingual Academy is launching its full day elementary school August 2018 (1st grade). Why in the world would you pay for school when there are plenty of free options? Why do we pay for anything for our children?
In this life, they are the most precious possession we will ever have. Why bother earning money, if we are not going to invest it into our families? We often do not choose the most economic option of our children. If we invest in good shoes, how much more should we invest in the people who are forming our children for 15,000+ hours (Im not saying there are not good public options, but I am encouraging you to read on!). Most families start saving immediately for college, yet 18 years olds are mostly formed by that point (personality, character, desires, language, thinking), whereas preschool and elementary ages are the most formative years of your children’s lives. (PS- most Spanish majors in college ($200,000 later) do not speak Spanish nearly as well as our 2nd graders).
Think about a deal where you can pay someone who loves your child almost as much as you do, who is completely trustworthy, who is highly educated, who teaches your children passionately to become world changers, imparting skills you can not give, in a small class environment, and you pay them less than $3/hr?
So is it worth it? Well, you decide how much the following is worth?
Speaking, listening, reading, writing in 2 languages, while scoring significantly higher in SAT Math and English.
Best friends with the same values (At our fall festival, one mother remarked, “I have never been to such an event and seen every child so well behaved, waiting in line, not complaining, and taking care of others”). Your children’s friends will have immeasurable impact on your child. (And its a great place for parents to find best friends too, through our coffee talks, Spanish classes, bible studies, workouts…)
-Hands-on, inquiry-based, project-based curriculum, where children do learning, instead of passively memorizing facts to pass a test. (Just about every school calls their “curriculum” the textbooks they purchase (made by people who have never met the students). Through group planning led by a doctor from the country’s #1 school of education, CBA creates its own curriculum, adapted to common core standards, yet tailored to our Christ-centered, intercultural, language immersion-based mission.
Children learn how to think instead of just what to think. Children will learn to ask great questions, and then apply rules of logic and scientific method to scrutinize between truth and falsehoods. Across the curriculum, we ask “Who made it?”; “Is it true?”; “What is its purpose?”; “Is it good or bad?”; “Is it beautiful or ugly?”; “Why do we need community?”, while constantly teaching students to define their terms. Students will leave CBA living on purpose- bringing truth, goodness, and beauty to a broken world, and changing it.
Teachers in the classrooms will love and teach students sacrificially, just as they have been loved by a God who gave us everything (Romans 8:32- He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?). Students will get to know just how great the Triune God is through learning the Bible as well as seeing his love fleshed out every day in our teachers. We guarantee our teachers will love your children day in and day out (never a bad day).
Intercultural- Currently 30% of our families have a least 1 parent who is a minority. All of our teachers are minorities (from 9 different countries). We do not simply go to school side by side, we go to school face to face, learning to respect, appreciate, and learn from each other’s cultures, while loving each other as Christ has loved us. According to Bamford & Mizokawa (1991), learning languages and cultures in the most formative years increases cross cultural friendships and reduces prejudices.
Individualized- We do not believe this world was made by an accident. We do not believe your love for your child is simply composed of chemicals predisposing you to continue on the species. We do not believe that the most fit have the right to survive at the expense of the weak. We believe every child is beautifully and purposefully made by our loving Creator. And we will let your child know that from the second they get out of the car and our director is welcoming them by name at the door. They are special, and we will love them, we will keep them safe, and we will differentiate our curriculum to teach they where they according to their readiness.
Academic Excellence: If learning a second language by first grade is not enough proof, check out just a little bit of research which we are already proving:
- Increased concentration- Bilingual students demonstrate more concentration and engagement (Thomas & Collier, 2005).
- Critical thinking- Bilingualism improves the executive center of the brain, which impacts critical thinking, metacognitive, and metalinguistic skills (Thomas & Collier, 2005)
- Learn additional languages- Bilingual speakers are more likely to learn additional languages (Cenoz & Valencia, 2004)
- Score higher- Bilingual students score higher on the SAT in Math and English (The College Board SAT, 2003)
- Improves English- Learning another language improves English structure and vocabulary (Curtain & Dalhberg, 2004)
- College Entrance– College admissions and scholarship committees are now looking past just grades for students that stand out, and multilingualism helps separate students from the general applicant (Callahan & Gándara, 2014)
How much is it worth to you, to partner with CBA in inspiring your child to become a world changer?
By the way, we have never turned a family away who wants this and cannot afford it, because great education should be available to every child made in God’s image.