Letter from the Headmaster

CBA is excited to announce a new program that we will be launching in June 2020 – Kids on Mission! With Kids on Mission, students can improve oral fluency in Spanish or Mandarin by signing up for 25-minute small group ONLINE classes. A live instructor will teach 3 students per class, and then provide additional activities. Students will also receive a subscription to Raz Kids where they can practice reading and listening comprehension according to their level in English and Spanish.
No prior knowledge of these languages is required; all levels are welcome. This summer we are taking a 6 week virtual tour of countries where these languages are spoken, so grab your virtual passport and join us! Each lesson will include prayer, singing with motions, a cultural lesson on a Latin or Asian country, a game, as well as memorizing a Bible verse.

Kids on Mission Vision

We long to be in fellowship and fully anticipate reopening Charleston Bilingual Academy in the fall to start the new school year on our campus. We also love the idea of virtual, Christian-based language immersion outreach so much that in addition to our regular ’20-’21 school year preschool and elementary programs, we hope to continue Kids on Mission in the fall to provide optional extra tutoring for CBA and non-CBA students that complements their regular preschool/elementary program and builds oral fluency.

We hope you are as excited about this summer as we are, and we look forward to reconnecting with your family soon!

Inspiring World Changers,
Nate Johnson
Headmaster, Charleston Bilingual Academy

About Charleston Bilingual Academy

Mission Statement

In partnership with parents, CBA exists to inspire world changers through Christ-centered, intercultural, immersion-based education.

Vision

CBA seeks to kindle community change by uniting and leveraging diverse families through providing developmentally appropriate, project-based, language immersion education. In this setting, we develop children linguistically, cognitively, socio-emotionally, and physically by equipping children to navigate cultures and languages, while learning and experiencing the love of the Triune God. Along with the school, students and their families will engage various cultures, combating unintentional and intentional racism, classism, xenophobia, poverty and broken families.

CBA students learn to live in at least two languages, simultaneously making friends from many cultures, all the while being saturated with the great love and truth of the Triune God.

Registration & Payments

Steps to Register

On our website you will be able to instantly sign up for 2 day/3 day/5 day options for 6 weeks, from June 15- July 24. Stay tuned for more information on our fall semester, which starts August 31.

Kids on Mission Summer 2020 Costs

  • 2 mornings per week (12 classes): $120
  • 3 mornings per week (18 classes): $180
  • 5 mornings per week (30 classes): $300

*A 10% Early Bird discount is available for families who register by May 25.

*All purchases will include an additional 2.5% processing fee

Payments

You can pay via credit card directly on the website, which will incur a 2.5% processing fee.

There are no make-up days for online classes. There are no credits for illnesses, voluntary absences, poor internet connection, or other technical issues. In case of teacher illness/emergency, teachers will provide make-up dates.

Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Families pay for the entire summer session before beginning class. There are no refunds for early withdrawals or dismissals.

Student, Parent, and Teacher Expectations in the Virtual Classroom

Student Expectations

Students are expected to abide by each teacher’s individual classroom rules as well as the following:

  • Students must be dressed.
  • Students may not eat during class time.
  • Students must remain seated in front of the screen and focused during the entire class, unless there is an emergency. Please take care of any personal needs beforehand, such as going to the bathroom and drinking water, so (s)he can be 100% focused on the meeting once it begins.
  • Students should wear headphones if possible and be seated in front of a wall to minimize distractions.
  • Students are not allowed to use the chat function unless requested by the teacher.
  • Students might be asked to mute themselves and parents should be available to help if needed.
  • Students should come to class with required materials for each lesson.
  • Students should set up and join the meeting before the scheduled start time. Do not expect the teacher to let you in until it is time to start the class.
  • Speaking
    • Students should speak clearly and not shout.
    • Students should not interrupt the class or participate in off-task conversations.
    • Virtual meetings and conversations follow the same conventions as physical ones:
      • Do not interrupt
      • Students are expected to participate in dialogue without dominating the conversation, ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity to engage.

Parent Expectations

Parents must be present in the room during the meeting. Parents are not required to be involved in the meeting but should assist with any technical or behavioral issues when requested.

Parent also agree to the following:

  • Parents will ensure students attend class in an environment that is school appropriate, well-lit, offers privacy, and is free from distractions.
    • Distractions in the “classroom” affect everyone else in attendance and include but are not limited to background noise, siblings/guests in the background, phone calls, student misbehavior etc.
    • Sitting in front of a wall is recommended.
  • Parents agree to assist students in obtaining technology and other materials necessary to complete the classwork (printouts, pencils, etc.).
    • Technical requirements include reliable internet service and a computer with the capability to connect to Zoom (microphone, camera).
    • We recommend being prepared at least 15 minutes before the meeting: open the Zoom app to check for any software updates, test the audio/camera, turn off any notifications or other sounds that will detract from the meeting. During class, parents should assist students in muting their microphone when it is not time for them to speak.
    • For confidentiality reasons, parents cannot film the class.

Kids on Mission Teachers are responsible for

  • Showing love to all students and seeking to create and maintain bonds with children
  • Class instruction
  • Student engagement
    • Teachers will engage students throughout the entire class through various activities, asking questions of each student and through the use of props, songs, appropriate background, and materials
  • Maintaining order in the class: If a child is continually interrupting the class the teacher can mute the microphone, turn off the webcam, and even dismiss the child from the class. If the behavior continues as a pattern in multiple classes even after parents have been addressed, the child will be dismissed from the program and there will not be a refund for tuition payments.

Sample Class Flow

  • Teachers and students greet each other.
  • Teachers and students pray together.
  • Teachers and students sing together.
  • Teachers review the prior lesson and introduce the new lesson.
  • Teachers allow students to practice speaking and asking questions as well as participate in a game.
  • Teachers and students practice the unit Bible verse.
  • Teachers give guidance on how to complete homework.
  • Teachers pray and encourage students to serve and love others.