Our students choose any two courses, in English or Spanish, from the following lists, one as a morning MAJOR course and one as an afternoon MINOR course. Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Minor courses meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A Minor course offers a sample of a different subject than the Major, and most students find their Minor a welcome opportunity to try a new subject for the first time.
COURSE GUARANTEE DEADLINES
There is no final application deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis until a program is full, but we do have Course Guarantee Dates. Students who apply to La Academia de Barcelona on or before January 27, 2017 and are accepted to the program have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to enrollment minima. As we begin receiving applications in September, we recommend that students apply as soon as possible for courses that may fill early.
Choosing a Spanish Course
Besides offering academic and creative courses in English, the Academia is designed to accommodate students with all levels of language need and ability, including beginners.
Complete beginners and students who are in their first or second year of Spanish in school should enroll in Spanish Language: Conversation and Composition. They will be evaluated on the first day of class and placed in a group with students at a similar language level. All language classes are taught entirely in Spanish so as to create an immersion environment and optimize students’ language learning.
Students who wish to study Spanish and have been taking Spanish for three or more years or who are preparing for AP/IB exams should enroll in one of the immersion courses listed below. These courses approach Spanish learning through the exploration of a specific cultural theme – literature, photography, or art history – allowing students to gain in-depth knowledge in this one topic while at the same time perfecting their Spanish. The focus is on advanced writing techniques as well as discussion and debate using more complex grammatical skills. Students wishing to enroll in an immersion course must provide a writing sample in Spanish and a completed teacher recommendation form which they will receive upon applying.