Spanish Language and Culture Schools (Agrupaciones ALCE)
The Agrupaciones were created to provide complementary Spanish language and culture courses for students who are unable to access instruction in Spanish language and culture in the country where they study. This instruction takes place outside of the students’ regular school hours, generally in locations granted by the educational institutions of the country of residence. These classrooms are compiled within an organizing structure called the Agrupación de Lengua y Cultura españolas.
The intent of the program is to promote cross-cultural competence by supplementing the full integration of Spanish children in the social environment and school system of their country of residence with a course designed to preserve their cultural identity. The course strives to respect and maintain the language and culture of origin as a means for personal development, while using the resources of both countries for the students’ cultural enrichment.
In the U.S., the Spanish Language and Culture Group Headquarters are based in New York.
Bilingual Schools Sections (Secciones españolas)
The so-called Secciones españolas form part of the Ministry of Education’s language and culture promotion operations abroad. The objective is to extend the access to Spanish-regulated education by integrating it into the respective countries’ educational systems. The Sections create an intercultural educational experience that promotes bilingualism.
The Spanish Sections offer participating students a framework to study Spanish language and culture during regular school hours within the educational system of their country of residence. The Spanish educational system develops the Spanish Language and Literature curriculum, and works in conjunction with the corresponding country to develop and integrate a curriculum for Spanish History and Geography.
In the U.S., the Ministry of Education has two such School Sections established in foreign-owned centers:
UNIS (United Nations International School, New York City (New York)
Miami Dade International Studies Program (PEI), Miami (Florida)
Carmen M. García, Directora.
Jacqueline Sánchez, Coordinadora (Elementary)
Maud Clark, Coordinadora
Águeda Pérez, Docente Ministerio Educación
Coral Way Bilingual K-8 Center
1950 SW, 13th Ave
Miami, FL 33145
Tel. 305 854 0515
Fax. 305 285 9632
Josephine Otero, Directora
Montserrat Ledo, Coordinadora (Elementary)
Cristina Vázquez, Coordinadora (Middle)
Adela Vera, Docente Ministerio Educación
George W. Carver Midle School
4901 Lincoln Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Tel. 305 444 7388
Fax. 305 529 5148
Libia A. González, Directora
Cristina Basso, Coordinadora
Mª José Durán Silva, Docente Ministerio Educación
International Studies Preparatory Academy
2705 SW 3rd St.
Koubek Center (provisional)
Alejandro Pérez, Director
Caridad Iglesias, Coordinadora
International Studies Charter High School
2480 SW 8TH St
Miami, FL 33135
Tel. 305 643 2955
Fax. 305 643 2956
Victoriano Rodríguez, Director
Félix de la Cruz,
Docentes Ministerio Educación
Key Biscaine K-8 Center
150 West McIntyre St.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Tel. 305 361 5418
Fax 305 361 8120
Silvia Tarafa, Directora
Fernando Ayuso, Docente Ministerio Educación
North Dade Center for Modern Languages
1840 N.W. 157 St.
Miami Lakes, FL 33054
Tel. 305 625 3885
Fax. 305 625 6069
Dra. María Castaigne, Directora
Mª Elena Alonso, Dept de español
Sunset Elementary School
5120 SW 72nd St
Miami, FL 33143
Tel.: 305 661 8527
Fax: 305 666 2327
Dra Marlene Leyte-Vidal, Directora
Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg, coordinadoras
Olga Suárez, Docente Ministerio Educación
Enseñanza Lengua y Cultura españolas
Dirección: 358 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1404
New York, NY 10001
Centros adscritos: Aulas del área metropolitana de Washington, D.C.
Consejería de Educación
Embajada de España