Academia Elze was founded on the idea that all children should have access to equitable, high quality education regardless of ethnic, linguistic, or economic background. It is our strong belief that early childhood education is a pivotal component of a child’s physical, social-emotional and cognitive development and will have a direct impact on their success in kindergarten and beyond.
Our Spanish Immersion Program aims to prepare students to thrive in a globalized society through the celebration of racial, linguistic and cultural diversity while promoting family and community engagement, respect for ourselves and others, and love for our environment.
We will use the Spanish language as our vehicle to develop the enthusiasm to learn, investigate, discover and transform the world around us.
We give our students a safe environment to acquire a new language on a foundation of love and pride in their culture and identity. Our approach recognizes the whole student and his or her physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language development by understanding that each student has a unique learning style.
We will give children the opportunity to learn through play, dance, music, art and hands on experiences.
We provide a positive experience for families, students and staff. We will provide continuous training for our staff in research based teaching techniques, strategies and practices to ensure a high level of instruction in all classrooms.
It is our goal to retain our staff and invest in their professional development as well as offer a livable and fair wage.
By working in public education for many years, co-founders Nandi Solórzano and Karina Elze learned that as early as when children enter kindergarten, there are already significant achievement gaps that correlate with factors like socioeconomic status, malnourishment and race. Many students start their educational journey and are immediately at a disadvantage in comparison to their peers that have had access to early learning education.