- Post 31 August 2012
- By Atlanta Daily World
- Hits: 794
Special to the Daily World
Atlanta International School (AIS) opened the doors of its new Early Learning Center (ELC) recently to its youngest learners: 3K and 4K students in a full-immersion preschool program in French, German and Spanish.
"Studies have repeatedly shown that second-language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity and mental flexibility in young children," said Kevin Glass, headmaster of Atlanta International School. Our full immersion program for three- and four-year-olds in Spanish, French and German will produce 'graduates' who are better language modelers for non-native speakers in our dual-immersion Primary program. The ELC will, thereby, eventually result in raising all levels of language acquisition, literacy and learning outcomes at Atlanta International School."
The ELC is located in a new purpose-built facility at 34-38 Peachtree Avenue, just across the street from the school's main campus in the Garden Hills neighborhood. Named in honor of the school's founding headmaster, the new Alex Horsley Building is a one-story, residential-scale facility built to EarthCraft specifications. The ELC program is overseen by Dusty Fretwell, Head of Lower Primary School, and administered by Maria Voutos, ELC Coordinator. Voutos, a trilingual, veteran international educator, recently came to Atlanta from St. Andrews International School in Bangkok, Thailand, to take this position.