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About Us

Welcome to King-Chavez Arts & Athletics Academy, the home of the Tigers! Proudly serving 4th-5th grade students, our school community is dedicated to providing a well-rounded educational experience with an emphasis on quality arts and athletics instruction. While the core academic curriculum is provided for all students, we believe that it is critical to provide leadership opportunities, character education, social-emotional learning, and exposure to technology in order to prepare students to compete with their global counterparts.
Our unique approach to learning includes:

- Dual language immersion through which 50 percent of the day is taught completely in Spanish and the other half taught in English to promote proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in both languages
- Small class sizes to ensure that every student receives individualized support
- Embedded mental health supports and daily dynamic mindfulness practice
- Customized partnerships through our Community School model that support the whole child
- Free Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO), including competitive athletic programs, after-school clubs, before and after school programs, and academic/enrichment programs during school breaks
- Free field trips throughout the year
We believe that each and every student has a gift to share with the world and we work hard to unlock their highest potential. We set high expectations for every student, as well as for our teachers, support staff, and administrators. We invite you to join us in our mission as we seek excellence in academics, arts, and athletics from the foundation of love!
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Our Dual Language Approach

Speaking multiple languages has been proven to enhance memory, concentration, problem-solving, critical-thinking, and multitasking skills. It helps build cross-cultural understanding, self-esteem, and positive attitudes toward global languages and cultures – and it broadens our students’ understanding of the global society we live in today. 
Those are just a few of the many great reasons why King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools launched our Dual Language Program in 2019. The program consists of 50 percent of the day taught completely in Spanish and the other half taught in English to promote proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in both languages. 
As of the 2024-2025 school year, all 4th and 5th grade students at Arts & Athletics Academy will participate in the Dual Language Program. Teachers work at each student’s individual pace to ensure they are grasping the concepts being taught as they progress throughout the year. Additionally, teachers work closely with students whose primary language at home is something other than English to become proficient in the English language – and, in doing so, achieve ELPAC Reclassification status. The program’s goal is to have all students earn a CA State Seal of Biliteracy by the end of high school, which is recognized as a statement of accomplishment by college admissions and employers. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Will two languages confuse my child or "slow down" his/her academic progress?
No, there is no research to indicate that learning in two languages will confuse students or slow down academic progress.
Does it matter if no one at home speaks Spanish?
No. It is important to encourage high levels of language development in the dominant language of the home. Research indicates that strong language skills in the native language transfer to new languages that are introduced.

How long until my child is fluent in a second language?
Research states that it takes between 5 and 10 years to become fluent.

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