Local e horário: Atividades da ABRACE (desde setembro de 2014): McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA 22101 – aos sábados, das 10h às 12h00.
Período de aulas: São oferecidas duas sessões por ano: Primavera (janeiro a maio, 18 semanas); Outono (setembro a dezembro, 14 semanas).
Faixa etária / Turmas: 3 a 16 anos, separados por idades e nível de comunicação em português.
Pré-requisitos: além da nacionalidade brasileira de um dos pais, para o sucesso de um programa como esse, recomenda-se fortemente que haja envolvimento e comprometimento da família principalmente na realização de atividades de continuidade fora da sala de aula.
Participação dos pais e mães de alunos: os responsáveis pelas crianças são convidados a participar do programa também dentro da sala de aula, conforme calendário e programa combinados com a professora. Orientação específica sobre essa iniciativa é comunicada periodicamente pelo boletim ABRACE Informa.
Custos: por se tratar de uma atividade sem fins lucrativos, os custos correspondem aos gastos reais do projeto, que incluem aluguel da escola, pagamento dos professores e dos responsáveis pela gestão escolar e contábil, material didático (para exercícios e atividades artísticas), atividades interativas e lanche.
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The focus of ABRACE’s Portuguese-language classes for children program is to teach Portuguese as a heritage-language as opposed to a foreign language course. For this reason, we recommend that students have basic Portuguese when beginning the course. We recommend the children’s literacy program for children from 6 to 10 years old, giving the child ample opportunity to mature as a reader prior to beginning to learn to read in Portuguese. The Pre-School program begins at the age of 2 1/2 (having completed the milestone one month prior to the semester’s start). Classes take place Saturday mornings from 10 to 12 at McLean High school.
The goal of the program is to teach Portuguese language and Brazilian culture in a structured manner, teaching children to read in Portuguese and stimulating their understanding and appreciation for their Brazilian heritage, maintaining their ties to Brazil. Dominating spoken and written Portuguese will also provide these children with more opportunities and a greater chance to contribute to the Brazil in the future.
Location: ABRACE Headquarters – 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA 22101 (McLean High School)
Time: Saturday mornings from 10 to 12
Sessions: Spring (February to June – 18 weeks); Fall (September to December – 14 weeks)
Available Classes: Class assignments are determined by the child’s age and Portuguese-language ability.
For students who will continue in the program:
As these students are exempt from filling out the enrollment form, parents will receive by email an electronic bill for payment for the semester. The students will only be considered enrolled once the payment is confirmed.
Registration in the program:
You can register your child in the program via the ABRACE website (www.abracebrazil.org) by filling out all of the information on the registration form for Children’s Portuguese classes. Students who were enrolled in the January-May 2013 semester are exempt from this step.
For new students:
After filling out the registration form, parents or guardians will receive a bill by email for payment corresponding to the current semester and an enrollment fee, which is applicable only to students studying with ABRACE for the first time. Students will be considered enrolled only once the payment for the semester, or the first payment installment is received. Formation of the class depends exclusively on the number of students effectively enrolled.
Dates and deadlines:
The first semester of the 2013-2014 academic year will begin on September 7 and end on December 14. The complete calendar of activities will be available in September.
The payment period for returning students: 6/24 – 7/15
Registration and payment period for new and previous students who wish to return: 7/16-8/4
After this period, we will only accept new students if there are openings. If there are none, you will be placed on the waiting list. The minimum number to form a class is eight students and the maximum is 12.
Enrollment fee and class cost:
The enrollment fee, charged only once for each new student is $35 and should be paid with the registration of the student. The cost of the semester from September to December is $340 per student (the same as last semester).
We offer a 10% discount off of the class cost for a second child and a 15% discount for a third child or additional child. The discount may not be applied to the enrollment fee or extracurricular activities, and cannot be combined with other discounts
Children of teachers may receive a 30% discount off of the cost of the semester, for teachers who work at minimum half of the current semester. The discount is the same for each child, regardless of the number of children, and may not be combined with other discounts.
Forms of payment:
The cost of the semester may be paid in full or in three equal installments. If you pay in installments, a 5% convenience charge will applied to the cost of the semester. *
First child – $340 or three payments of $119. *
Second child (10% discount) – $306 or three payments of $107. *
Third child or additional child (15% discount) – $289 or three payments of $101.
Installment payment deadlines for students who continue in the program:
The first installment is due on July 15, the second on August 15, and the third on September 15.
Installment payment deadlines for new students:
The first is due on August 4, the second on September 4, the third on October 4.
Payments will be refunded in full if a student does not secure a spot in a class by the second week of the term. In the case that a student’s parents or guardians would like to withdraw their child from class, we ask that they submit the withdrawal in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the first day of class in order to be eligible for a refund of 90% of the amount paid. Refunds will be realized only for withdrawals communicated before the first day of class. After the second day of class, the cost will not be refunded.
A fee of $10 will be applied to each late payment. A $30 fee will be applied to returned checks.