Our Curriculum

At Academia we provide instruction in the four core content areas; Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. However, the curriculum at Academia is grounded in the philosophy of two way immersion. Our students are immersed in a full day of instruction in English followed by a full day of instruction in Spanish in all of the areas listed above. This schedule rotates every other day. The two way immersion philosophy supports the Academia mission of developing bilingual and biliterate citizens as we provide instruction in both language and content simultaneously thereby developing language acquisition and higher level thinking skills.

Furthermore, Academia students engage in Project Based Learning where we take some of our Science and Social Studies concepts and develop projects around these ideas that incorporate reading, writing, math and language. Our project based learning units promote choice and real world authenticity. Each project culminates with a celebration of learning where we showcase our work for the entire school community.


Academia students are engaged in mathematics instruction for 45-60 minutes each day. We follow the Common Core standards and deliver instruction using content from the My Math/Mis Matematicas curricular materials. Our students receive math instruction in both English and Spanish and our teachers are trained to bridge the content, draw specific attention to academic vocabulary in both languages and develop mathematical fluency so that the instructional content flows seamlessly from one day to the next.


Similar to mathematics, our ELA/SLA curriculum follows the Common Core Standards. Our students develop the necessary reading skills and strategies to become successful readers who are bilingual and biliterate through content delivered from the Maravillas and Wonders reading series. Students engage in both whole group and small group instruction during the reading block which is typically a total of 90 minutes. Thirty additional minutes are spent outside the 90 minutes of core curriculum to enrich and/or remediate students in the area of reading. Academia students receive reading support and strategy instruction in both languages following the every other day rotation.

Science and Social Studies

The Science program at Academia follows the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers teach 3 Science units a year using hands on discovery learning throughout the unit.

Academia’s Social Studies curriculum follows the Delaware Recommended Curriculum for Social Studies. Units are taught in the areas of History, Geography, Economics and Civics.

Each Science and Social Studies unit is taught in both English and Spanish with the content being bridged, rather than repeated across the two languages.

Expressive Arts

The expressive arts program at Academia includes the following:

  • Visual Arts
  • General Music
  • Physical Education
  • Capoeira

Students attend one expressive arts class for 45 minutes a day. Each expressive arts teacher follows national standards for his/her particular content area.

Antonia Alonso

Who was Antonia Alonso

Antonia Maria Alonso was born in Habana, Cuba on November 15, 1936 and lived in Cuba until the age of twenty-six years of age. She was the youngest daughter of Mario Castro Chané and Maria Teresa Carluch, who instilled in her the values of family, education, community and service. Antonia’s life was dedicated to living out these values.

Antonia, or Toni as she was called by the many who knew and loved her, was educated in a language immersion school in Cuba taught by the Dominican sisters of Philadelphia. Her maternal great-aunts were also all teachers, many of whom were known to travel by horse from Habana to the countryside to teach children who would otherwise not have an opportunity to obtain an education. By the age of seventeen, Toni knew that she wanted to be a teacher and was interning at the University of Habana teaching English as a second language.

Toni’s love of children and passion for service was already evident in those years, as she dedicated much of her time and efforts at an orphanage called La Beneficencia. She was to become a godmother to many children at La Beneficencia, supporting them in multiple ways in their pursuit of an education. Toni also loved music. In her childhood and adolescence, she and her six brothers and sisters formed a choral group that would grow to be featured on the public radio in Habana. Toni and her siblings continued to sing together even after they left Cuba during family et-togethers. Her love of music and singing would be passed on to her daughters and grandchildren and delighted all those that gathered to listen.

Fleeing the Cuban communist revolution in 1959, Toni left behind her beloved country and entered the United States as a political refugee in 1962 with her husband and two-month-old daughter, Maria.  Toni began her teaching career in the state of Massachusetts and later moved to Washington D.C.  In 1966, Toni and her family finally settled down in Wilmington, Delaware where she lived and worked for the duration of her life.   Toni taught for almost a decade at P.S. DuPont High School and later on at Stanton Middle School. She taught Spanish and Latin for more than a decade at P.S. DuPont High School and later at Stanton Middle School. In the late 1970’s, during the desegregation era, Toni was asked by the Red Clay School District to step into the role of Visiting Teacher to represent and support the many anticipated needs of the Hispanic students being bussed into city schools.  It was during this period that her advocacy and activism for the Hispanic children of Wilmington, and their families, intensified and culminated with her work in the judicial court system as an interpreter.

A Passionate Defender To the End

Toni was a passionate defender of the Hispanic community and its children until her death on May 26, 2008. She was a woman of exceptional ethics, morals and integrity. Toni was also a maternal, wise, generous woman with a wonderful sense of humor, a love of her culture and music and a deep understanding of the human spirit. She was known to be fearless and relentless in her pursuit of defending and protecting the rights of Latino children and their families. Her three daughters Maria, Mercedes and Caridad as well as her closest friends often remember Antonia stating that “an education empowers you to be anything you want to be and it is something that no one can ever take away from you”. Perhaps this statement reflected Toni’s understanding and conviction that while a dictatorship could force her to leave behind her beloved country, loved ones and personal belongings, it did not have the power to take away her education or her passion to serve and empower others. Toni was passionate about her Cuban heritage and ensured that her daughters and grandchildren experienced the beauty and joy of the culture, language, music and spirit of Cuba. She understood the power in acquiring a second language and the doors it opened for those willing to learn new languages. We are certain that Toni is smiling with delight as she watches over the children at La Academia becoming joyful, confident, creative bilingual learners and the multicultural stewards that our world needs perhaps more than ever.

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*Transparency of District Finances (as required by House Substitute 1 for House Bill 119) – This resource will provide you with financial data related to the State’s purchase of goods and services, as well as reimbursements. As you browse the online checkbook, you will be able to view payment information by state agency or school district, expenditure category, or vendor. This data will be updated on a quarterly basis and available to you all year round with the click of a button.

Board Archives

Board Meeting Minutes


May | Audio pt1 pt2

April | Audio:
This month’s audio is unavailable due to technical difficulties.
El audio no esta disponible dado problemas técnicos.

March 2019 Minutes | Audio pt1 pt2
February 2019 Minutes | Audio pt1 pt2
January 2019 Minutes | Audio pt1 pt2

Scheduled Meetings

Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School
Board of Directors’ and CBOC Committee Meeting

Monthly Board Meetings commence at 5:30 pm and are usually held the 4th Wednesday of each month except that certain monthly meetings will be held on different days as indicated on meeting listing by asterisk*.

Monthly Citizens Budget Oversight Committee (CBOC) meetings are also commence from 5:00 pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month except that certain monthly meetings will be held on different days as indicated on meeting listing by asterisk*.

Location for the meetings will be at the school at Barley Mill Plaza, building #26 in the library on the 1st floor.

State translators will be present at every school meeting.

Habrá traductores del Estado disponibles en todas las reuniones de la escuela.

Board Meetings


January 23rd
February 27th
March 27th
April 24th
May 22nd
June 26th
July 24th
August 28th
September 25th
October 23rd
November 20th
December 18th

CBOC Meetings


January 23rd
February 27th
March 27th
April 30th
May 22nd
June 26th
July 24th
August 28th
September 25th
October 23rd
November 20th
December 18th

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Maria Alonso

Board President of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School

Shawn Stevens

Board Vice President of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School

Maria Matos

Board Treasurer of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School

Scott Sheridan

Board Secretary of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School

Nora Lewis

Board Member

Celeste Payne

Board Member

Theresa Sardella

Board Member

William Thompson

Parent Representative

Jennifer Jones

Teacher Representative

Maria Alonso – Board President of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School
Dr. Maria Alonso currently serves as Board President of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School. She has been serving on the Board since 2012 and is a founding Board member of La Academia. Dr. Alonso has served in a number of committees on the Board including Marketing, Personnel and Governance. She serves as ex-officio to all Board committees currently as Board President.

Dr. Alonso is passionate about approaching education in a holistic manner, believing that teaching and learning must address and integrate the cognitive, psychological, social and emotional dimensions of a child. Dr. Alonso is also a strong advocate of teaching Mindfulness practices in schools. She believes that Mindfulness develops a strong level of awareness that can empower children to make choices now and for a lifetime from a place of peace, clarity and strength. Her mother Antonia Alonso, for whom the school is named, raised Dr. Alonso in a bilingual home. Dr. Alonso co-founded El Jardin Español, a dual language immersion school in Delaware in 2001 and has raised her four children to be bilingual, biliterate and bicultural as well. She is thrilled to know that Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School will offer the children of Delaware a similar opportunity, to acquire the gift of a second language.

Dr. Alonso is a licensed Psychologist for over twenty years and has been a consultant to schools in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York throughout her career. She has presented at national and at local conferences on a variety of topics related to mental health and education and has been featured on CNN International and local television channels in related topics. Dr. Alonso currently lives and works at Westtown School, a Quaker day and boarding school and has a private practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Shawn Stevens – Board Vice President of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School
Shawn Stevens, EdD serves as the Board Vice President of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School and has been a member of the Board since 2012. During his tenure, he has also served on the Academic, Strategic Development and Personnel Committees.

Dr. Stevens has held management and executive director positions with community-based organizations in Delaware for over 30 years. His broad experience with organizations including American Red Cross, Edgemoor Community Center, United Way of Delaware, DFRC, and the Latin American Community Center has required continued program and resource development, strategic planning, financial administration, partnership engagement, and community outreach responsibilities. Currently, Dr. Stevens is Principal of P-Impact, providing consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Shawn is recognized for his expertise in grant writing, community-based program development/implementation, outcomes measurement and nonprofit strategic planning.

A lifelong advocate for education, Dr. Stevens has developed and conducted community education programs in collaboration with organizations throughout Delaware. He has also been engaged as an Adjunct Professor with Wilmington University for over 12 years, where he conducts courses for the Administration of Human Services graduate program and for the College of Social and Behavioral Science undergraduate programs.

Scott Sheridan – Board Secretary of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School
Scott Sheridan currently serves as Board Secretary of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School. He has been serving on the Board since 2017. In addition to his duties as Board Secretary, Scott currently serves as the interim-chair of the Personnel committee.

Scott has been passionate about bilingual education since his undergraduate studies, receiving a German Language teaching degree from Bates College in 2002. After his graduation, Scott’s first job was in Germany as an ESL instructor for TUDIAS (Technical University Dresden Institute of Advanced Studies) where he worked for two years. After moving back to the United States, Scott took a position as an ESL teacher, dorm parent, advisor and volleyball coach at a boarding school in CT. Throughout his time as a teacher, Scott was always interested in how technology could improve language learning outcomes, and as a result of these interests, Scott was given the administrative position of EdTech Manager. While serving in this role, Scott also achieved his Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Connecticut.

In 2016, Scott and his wife moved from CT to Chester County, PA, so that Scott could pursue his doctorate in Education at the University of Delaware. Scott hopes that his research interests, which include research based policy decision making and technology integration with the focus of promoting learning outcomes, will be of benefit to Academia Antonia Alonso for years to come.

Nora Lewis – Board Member
Nora Lewis is Vice Dean for Professional and Liberal Education in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Her prior positions include Executive Director of Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies, interim director of the University’s English Language Programs, and director of an intergenerational tutoring program serving refugee and immigrant communities in Philadelphia.

Ms. Lewis has 30 years of experience in international higher education. Her responsibilities have included teaching English as a second language, program development and coordination, marketing, recruitment, student services and advising, and general administration. Her publications include journal articles and book chapters on the role of input and interaction in second language acquisition (with Teresa Pica and Lloyd Holliday); on intergenerational approaches to adult literacy and ESL programming (with Gail Weinstein-Shr); and on language planning and policy in the former Soviet republics. Her research interests focus on the role of learner production and feedback in second language acquisition.

Ms. Lewis holds a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Mid-Atlantic region representative to the board of directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Celeste Payne – Board Member
Celeste Payne has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School since September 2017.  She is also a member of the board’s Governance Committee.

Celeste is passionate about social justice.  As a member of the MCRC@ADVIS Program Advisory Committee, she has helped to plan the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Conference for nearly 1,000 attendees for The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS).  As clerk of the National Voices Group, she has partnered with other educators and the Friends Council on Education, which is the national association for Friends schools.  Since 2014, Celeste has been a member of the Advisory Board for Teaching Tolerance, the educational division of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  She has also presented twice at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC), a national diversity conference by and for independent school educators of color.  Celeste also founded an educator of color affinity network at her own workplace, which serves as both a support and resource group.

A professional educator, Celeste has been a high school science teacher for over twenty years.  She currently lives and works at Westtown School, a Quaker day and boarding PK-12 school in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Her most recent science professional development has included completing NASA Space Academy for Educators at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Theresa Sardella – Board Member

William Thompson – Parent Representative

Jennifer Jones – Teacher Representative

Mayra Martinez – Teacher Representative



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4403 Lancaster Pike
Wilmington, DE 19805

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La Academia’s dual language program offers content-based instruction in both Spanish and English and helps students develop deep awareness and appreciation of different cultures.  The project-based learning principles central to La Academia’s approach, integrated with school-wide mindfulness practices, ensure the development of character and leadership skills for all students.

Research shows that both native English speakers and native Spanish speakers in dual language programs perform as well as, or better than, peers educated in other types of academic programs on standardized tests.

We invite parents to learn more about how La Academia prepares children to become critical thinkers and multicultural stewards.

Important Dates and Information – School Choice Application Timeline
Monday, November 5, 2018 @ 8am Online Choice Open Application Period Opens
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 @11:59pm Online Choice Open Application Period Ends
Tuesday, February 28, 2019 Parents/Guardians receive notification from school
Friday, March 15, 2018 Parents/Guardians notify the School their decision
  • Applications must be received within the Choice Open Application Period to be included in the lottery. A lottery will be held if the number of applicants exceeds the number of slots available in the school.
  • Students who were placed in the wait list last year must re-apply to be considered for school year 2019-2020.
  • A separate application is required for each student who is applying.
  • All Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2018 to be eligible to attend Kindergarten during school year 2019-2020.

** Academia Antonia Alonso will continue to accept applications after January 9, 2019 to fill remaining availability. All applications received after January 9, 2019 (11:59pm) will be placed on the wait list in the order 11that the electronic application was received. Kindergarten applications can be submitted until the first day of school.

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During your visit, you will get a personalized tour of the campus grounds and answers to all of your most pressing questions. Our goal is to equip you with all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision for your child’s education.