CORAL GABLES K-8 PREPARATORY ACADEMY TO OPEN ITS DOORS FOR THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR
Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Mayor Don Slesnick, and other elected and appointed dignitaries, school administrators, and community leaders participated this morning in a ribbon-cutting ceremony launching the conversion of Coral Gables Elementary into the Coral Gables K-8 Preparatory Academy scheduled to open its doors for operation in time for the 2010-2011 school year.
“The conversion of Coral Gables Elementary School into Coral Gables K-8 Preparatory Academy will provide students a continuum of learning within an instructional program that will ultimately achieve, for the first time, a cradle to college continuum,” said Superintendent Carvalho as he participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly-created academy.
The Coral Gables K-8 Preparatory Academy was created to provide a 6-8 grade configuration at Merrick Educational Center. This expansion ensures that elementary students will be able to continue the strong academic technologically rich environment infused with a language program to enable them to become bilingual and bi-literate as they enter high school.
In addition to a strong curriculum in core areas, incoming sixth graders will be infused with the teaching of Spanish at the regular and advanced levels, providing them with language skills needed to succeed in today’s market economy. As part of the Coral Gables Continuum, the teaching of a foreign language will make it possible for the students graduating from the academy to enter the International Studies and/or the International Baccalaureate Programs currently being taught at two of the city’s high schools. These programs are of special benefit to students wishing to pursue an education based on academic standards of both the U.S. and European Union educational systems.
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