WHERE TO FIND US:

WE ARE LOCATED OFF OF PARK CIRCLE AT FRIENDSHiP BAPTIST CHURCH

5032 Lackawanna Blvd

North Charleston SC 29405

843.779.2472

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 PM

 

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Clapham Group LLC-EIN 47-233 1281 (2014-2017)
Clapham Education Group 501c3-EIN 82-1567491 (2018+)

Charleston Bilingual Academy admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

© 2018 Charleston Bilingual Academy

MISSION & STORY

WHAT WE ARE

Spanish-immersion and Mandarin-immersion, 

intercultural, Christ-centered Academy

WHY WE DO IT

Research shows that children only have until they are about 7 years of age to acquire languages at a native level. We also know that children who learn two languages are more capable of learning additional languages. BIlingual children demonstrate higher proficiencies in English, Math, and critical thinking. Providing such a gift to your children opens countless doors for their lives, and we believe it is one of the first steps to inspiring our children to become world changers. Another major step to changing the world is learning to love others just as Jesus loves us, and we will model this for your child every day.

OUR MISSION

To inspire world changers through Christ-centered, intercultural, immersion-based education.

THE VISION

Having studied education his whole career,

Dr. Johnson has set out to build his dream school for his children. Yet, his vision essentially goes beyond his children to his community, for he believes the core of education is to inspire children to change their world (not be the center of their worlds). Based on his doctoral research on bilingual and intercultural education, Charleston Bilingual Academy was founded on the powerful mission of "Inspiring World Changers" through Christ-centered, intercultural, language immersion education.  

Through a project-based approach, CBA engages children’s language geniuses and various cultures, carving characters, instilling the love of God, and equipping intellects, in efforts to inspire children to impact lives around them regardless of linguistic and cultural barriers.

WHY CHOOSE BILINGUAL EDUCATION

Many parents wonder why their child’s preschool is not sufficiently challenging.
Their doubts begin to rush the growth process, such as demanding that their children read earlier, count higher… as though such stressors would have greater gains later on in life. The real question is what are preschoolers designed to learn at this age?  Did you know your preschooler is a language genius who will lose that capacity by the age of 7? Check out the research:

  • Window until 7 years - The language center of the brain has a window until 7 years of age to learn languages at the native level, and the younger the better… (Strozer, 1994)

  • Cross-cultural friendships - Learning languages and cultures in the most formative years increases cross-cultural friendships and reduces prejudices (Bamford & Mizokawa, 1991)

  • Increased concentration - Bilingual students demonstrate more concentration and engagement (Thomas & Collier, 2005).

  • Critical thinking - Bilingualism improves the executive center of the brain, which impacts critical thinking, metacognitive, and metalinguistic skills (Thomas & Collier, 2005)

  • Learn additional languages - Bilingual speakers are more likely to learn additional languages (Cenoz & Valencia, 2004) 

  • Score higher - Bilingual students score higher on the SAT in Math and English (The College Board SAT, 2003)

  • Improves English - Learning another language improves English structure and vocabulary (Curtain & Dalhberg, 2004)

  • College Entrance – College admissions and scholarship committees are now looking past just grades for students that stand out, and multilingualism helps separate students from the general applicant (Callahan & Gándara, 2014)

  • Research – Read more about what the research is saying below.

  • Love - Add all of that in a Christ-centered, loving environment, and your child is on the trajectory to becoming a World Changer. And that is our motto:  Inspiring World Changers.

 

 

 

Research now tells us that children only have until they are about 7 years of age to acquire languages at a native level. We also know that children who learn two languages are more capable of learning additional languages. In addition to speaking other languages, bilingual children demonstrate higher proficiencies in English, Math, and critical thinking. Providing such a gift to your children opens countless doors for their lives, and we believe it is one of the first steps to inspiring our children to become world changers. Another major step to changing the world is learning to love others just as Jesus loves us, and we will model this for your child every day (guaranteed).

 

“Learning another language actually enhances a child’s overall verbal development,” says Roberta Michnick Golinkoff Ph.D., author of How Babies Talk.

 

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