New Lansdowne Kindergarten has Foreign Language Focus

CommuniKids, a Spanish-immersion preschool, is launching a new full-day kindergarten program at its Loudoun County campus.

The school opened its campus at 19455 Deerfield Ave. in Lansdowne in July, with programs for children ages 2½ to 5. Since then, the school’s co-founder and executive director Jeannine Piacenza said parents have frequently inquired about full-day kindergarten.

“Every single open house we’ve had parents ask for it,” she said.

Loudoun County’s public school system does not offer universal full-day kindergarten.

Aside from offering a full, six-hour school day, CommuniKids’ also provides a curriculum focused on teaching kids a second language early on.

“We want to spread this program to as many children as possible and for as many years as possible because there is such a void for foreign language in our public schools,” Piacenza said. “This is our mission.”

CommuniKids will also offer a half-day Spanish enrichment program for kindergartners who attend class part of the day at a public school. Generally, transportation will be provided from students’ home school to CommuniKids.

Each class will have no more than 20 students, led by a teacher and a teacher’s assistant. How many classes the school will house will depend on demand and enrollment, according to Piacenza.
Enrollment for rising kindergartners opens Tuesday, March 1. Tuition is $10,500 for the full-day program and $6,500 for the half-day program for the school year, which will run from late September to mid-June.

The school will host two kindergarten information sessions Thursday, March 3—one at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.—at its Lansdowne campus. Families can tour the school and learn about the kindergarten curriculum.

CommuniKids will soon roll out another new program this spring, an afterschool Spanish-immersion program for elementary school students. It will be designed to help CommuniKids graduates maintain their language skills, as well as for students who do not have prior language lessons but want to learn.

CommuniKids has three other campuses in Falls Church, Washington, DC, and Richmond.

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One thought on “New Lansdowne Kindergarten has Foreign Language Focus

  • 2016-03-03 at 8:06 am

    is this really necessary – they already have to have a Spanish interpreter at the schools. Why not help people learn to speak English – or should we old timers learn Spanish – and just give up on the American culture

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