OUR MISSION

​We build community and leadership through educational Spanish language and cultural immersion programs.

OUR VISION

We envision an equitable society strengthened by the power, knowledge, and value of Latin American languages and cultures.

ACTIONS

Give primarily low-income, Spanish-speaking students the opportunity to gain literacy skills in their native language of Spanish

Lessen the academic opportunity gap between Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic/Latino students

Support students as they learn about their Latin American cultural heritage
and navigate their own unique multicultural experiences

Provide Spanish-speaking parents access to resources to raise happy, healthy, bilingual families

Bridge the gap between Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic/Latino communities through a shared interest in the Spanish language

OUR
STORY

+150

Students

+60 HOURS

CLASSES OF CULTURAL

IMMERSION

YOGA

Parents

+14

COUNTRIES

+1800 Hours

Volunteers

IN YOUTUBE FOR KIDS

+70 VIDEOS

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Hispanic / Latino students make up 25% of school populations.

Hispanic/Latino students have the highest drop out rates.

Hispanic and Latino students face racial, linguistic, and cultural discrimination. Many of these bright students internalize these
external prejudices and see their
bilingualism and multiculturalism as a disadvantage.

Why Spanish Immersion?
1

The curriculum includes strategies based on the Hispanic/Latin American educational model that incorporates the stories, traditions and geography of Spanish-speaking countries into each lesson.

2

Having a teacher of the same race/ethnicity as the student has a positive effect on student achievement, teachers’ behavioral assessments, graduation rates, and college enrollment

3

Studies have shown that literacy skills gained in Spanish are actually transferable to English and any other language a child speaks.

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OUR TEAM

Jenice Ramirez

Executive Director

Susana Benites

Program Director
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Lucinda Smith

Director of Development & marketing 

Lady Johana Gasca

Administrative 
Manager

Casey Strange

Project Manager
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Cindy Salazar

Project Coordinator
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Bryan Ramirez

Marketing manager & Design
BOARD MEMBERS

Mary Jones

President

Jennifer de Lima

Vice President

Kimberly Grainger

Treasurer

Julia Richardson

Secretary

Aerin Benavides

Board Member

Dayson Pásion

Board Member

Ingeborg Andrews

Board Member

Dania Santana

Board Member

Chessa Rich

Board Member
OUR SPONSORS

Main Office

3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Suite A100, Durham, NC 27707

Mailing Address: P.O Box 16278 Chapel Hill, NC 27516 

hola@laislaschool.com

919-265-7692

 

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Friday 9-5pm

ISLA Los Sábados

St. Thomas More School

920 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Saturday 8-12pm

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