Mission and Vision


Academia Antonia Alonso is a public charter school that nurtures bilingual, biliterate and multicultural children in Newark, Delaware. Our unique approach to education integrates English and Spanish immersion in Elementary School, as well as, Spanish as foreign language in Middle School, creating an environment that cultivate joy in learning. 

Founded in 2014 with a vision for innovative child-centered and family-oriented education, La Academia has flourished into a thriving educational community. Each of our 800+ students bring unique strengths and needs that an integrated Student Support Team works to meet each day. Communication and collaboration between staff and families allow La Academia to consider the whole child and foster academic success through a foundation of emotional and social wellbeing. Our commitment to innovation, diversity, and family involvement has made La Academia a cornerstone of educational excellence in Newark, Delaware.

Differentiated instruction in our classrooms means that students are challenged and supported according to their needs. With teaching models and tools like Responsive Classrooms and mindfulness, La Academia creates an environment where students feel safe and confident. This environment encourages students to express their curiosity and creativity, to explore, and to take risks in learning, all of which are key to academic achievement.

The culture in our classrooms is reflected in all areas of our school. Students succeed when their teachers thrive and teachers thrive when they have the resources to be prepared, inspired, and supported. Our students and families recognize the hard work, care, and excellence that La Academia’s staff provide.

Whether your child is embarking on their educational journey in kindergarten or navigating the crucial middle school years, La Academia Antonia Alonso is here to inspire, educate, and empower. We invite you to be part of our dynamic community, where the joy of learning knows no bounds. Explore the possibilities at La Academia and join us in cultivating a brighter future for your child.


To inspire children to become joyful, confident, creative, bilingual learners.  


UNIDOS in a more just, inclusive and kind world. 

Core Philosophy

Academia Antonia Alonso’s core philosophy is to create a school where students investigate who they are and what role they play in a diverse society. Our students will be encouraged to become strong community leaders, as well as advocates on local, national, and global stages. Our academic program will provide students with a sense of community and global awareness, as well as 21st century skills. La Academia elementary school academic program combines a Two-Way Dual Language Immersion model and Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology. The integration of these two learning approaches support students’ instructional and language acquisition needs. 

Our middle school program focuses on Spanish as a foreign language, providing students with a comprehensive and immersive experience that prepares them for the demands of a multicultural world. We believe in fostering language proficiency and cultural competency to empower our students to navigate an ever-changing global society.

Our Programs

La Academia’s Dual Language Immersion Elementary School – KN -5TH Grade
La Academia is a dual language immersion (Spanish and English) elementary school with a focus on nurturing bilingual, biliterate and multicultural children. 

La Academia Middle School – 6th – 8Th Grade
La Academia's Middle School Program is a 90%-10% model. In our MS program, all subjects are taught in English, however all students are required to take a Spanish as a World Language class, ensuring a bilingual, well-rounded, culturally enriching education.

🌐 Two Unique Spanish Language Pathways:

Heritage Learners Pathway:
• Tailored for students proficient in Spanish.
• Designed to deepen language skills.
• Encourages deep exploration of Hispanic and Latino cultures throughout the world.

Non-Heritage Learners Pathway:
• Created for students new to Spanish.
• Provides comprehensive language instruction.
• Fosters cross-cultural appreciation.

📊 Pathways Based on Proficiency: Your child's language pathway will be determined by an entry assessment to verify Spanish proficiency at the time of enrollment. Most importantly, MS students do not need prior knowledge of Spanish to enroll. We support each child's unique language journey, whether they are proficient or just starting to explore the language.

Academic instruction will take place half of the time in English and half in Spanish. Students will learn to think critically and take action in their classrooms and communities through project based learning and by engaging in real life issues.

Leadership Message

Dear Parents/Guardians of La Academia:

Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School (“La Academia”) opened its doors to the children and families of the state of Delaware in 2014. The founding board members of La Academia believed that we needed to create an educational setting and experience for the children of Delaware that was to be innovative, child-centered and family oriented, where children experienced the joys of learning. I can tell you first hand, I witness this each and every day that I visit the school and speak to our parents, children, teachers and staff.

As a founding board member, I have had the opportunity to work side by side with board members that are visionaries and champions of excellence in education. They believe in the importance of second language acquisition and in distilling the most innovative and effective ways to raise the bar in education for our children at La Academia. I am surrounded by families that believe in the value of acquiring a second language and who clearly have openness to diversity and multiculturalism. I witness teachers and staff, working feverishly to deliver the best lessons for your children daily and loving the wonders that your children bring to their lives each day. It is music to my ears when I hear from parents, “La Academia is different. I feel like children and family are valued and your doors are always open to listening to what we have to say.” Yes, your voices mean the world to us and they are a part of what makes up our compass or that, which gives us direction to improve and to grow as an organization of teaching and learning.

To bring dreams into the realm of reality, it takes vision, courage, determination, hard work and as Walt Disney reminded us, it takes people. I believe today we have a village of visionaries, dreamers and doers. I cannot wait to see what our school community will author next in the history of La Academia. Thank you for your support, care and commitment to Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School. I know from heaven, my mother is smiling. We are making her proud and living out her dream for the children of Delaware, UNIDOS!

In Peace and Love,

Dr. Maria Alonso

Board President


“The more stones I find on my path, the bigger I shall build my castle”

School Philosophy

1% Better Everyday

At La Academia, that is what we strive for- whether you are a student, teacher, staff, parent or board member, 1% better every day is the goal.  We look for small things we can improve on every day, in our personal, professional or educational lives, instead of focusing on major things to change. 

Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating focused awareness. Not only being aware of one’s sensations, but accepting what is.

Responsive Classrooms

The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices and strategies that build academic and social-emotional competencies.


Our community works to develop a culture of respect and collaboration based on our UNIDOS character traits (Unity-Never give up-Integrity-Discovery-Ownership-Success).

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is a holistic approach to behavior that focuses on repairing harm through inclusive processes that engage all stakeholders.

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