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Local couple to open Spanish Academy in Buckhead
January 09, 2013 02:28 PM | 2788 views | 3 3 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Academy at Covenant Presbyterian Church is set to open in Buckhead this fall.

The academy has other locations in east Cobb and Suwanee. Buckhead residents Will and DeShea Brooks are the owners of the academy.

The academy staff follows the immersion method, where students learn everything in Spanish.

Victoria Salzman, of Buckhead, said she drove to Suwanee for two years so her son Noah, 5, could attend. Her daughter Samantha, 3, currently takes the extracurricular classes at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead.   Students also learn about Spanish history and culture.

Brooks said a major benefit is the openness the program brings to other cultures, as well as the “tremendous brain benefits” it brings. “Children who speak two languages do better on cognitive tests,” she said.

About 65 to 70 percent of the students are English-speaking children and up to 30 percent are native Spanish-speaking students, she said.

The maximum number of students at each location is 70.

She said they also offer Spanish classes at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist, Peachtree Road United Methodist and Peachtree Presbyterian churches.

An addition to the new school will be a mother’s morning out program once a week on an as-needed basis, Brooks said.

There will be an open house Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian for prospective parents.

Brooks said tuition varies from $135 to $650 a month, depending on how many days a week a child attends.

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