History

ChiCeLaCu!
was founded by Maureen Santamaria in 2007 and is the only immersion center in the area specializing solely in Spanish. ChiCeLaCu! began operations with its Saturday Program at Epiphany United Methodist Church in Vienna. Soon the program expanded to include the After School and Preschool program. In 2009 and after providing services from the Vienna Community Center, ChiCeLaCu! opened its own location in Tysons Corner, Virginia while simultaneously offering its preschool program from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. The program Spanish at Your School began in 2009 and expanded the center’s reach to several public and private schools in Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.

Learning another language is a slow process that takes time, dedication and a commitment from both parents and students. Since ChiCeLaCu!’s inceptionmany children have graduated from our program. The class of 2011 was ChiCeLaCu!’s first graduating class, with students completing 3 consecutive years in the program. These children achieved notable progress reading, writing and speaking Spanish.

Year Book 2011 - 2012


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