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In its seventh year of service, SPARK Academy has grown to servicing 10 Alhambra Unified School District sites. SPARK Academy is an onsite, comprehensive after-school program at Baldwin, Brightwood, Fremont, Garfield, Marguerita, Monterey Highlands, Park, Ramona, Repetto, and Ynez Elementary schools. The program operates from school dismissal to 6 p.m. daily. In the summer months, SPARK operates a summer camp full of fun activities, weekly field trips, and academic learning geared toward giving students a head start on their academics for the following school year.
SPARK Academy was developed by Executive Director Linda Wong M.A. as she was searching for an after-school program that fit the needs of her own children. As a former teacher with an administrative credential, it was important for her to develop a program that values the uniqueness of every child and believes in facilitating a collaborative learning environment that meets the needs of the whole child. The program started in one classroom at Brightwood Elementary School. SPARK is an acronym for Service, Personal Achievement, and Relational Knowledge. Her vision for SPARK students is to develop purposeful leaders who are self-aware, value-driven, and balanced in both academic and social intelligence.
SPARK values a low student-to-teacher ratio and academic programming along with enrichment activities with a balanced approach to learning. Homework assistance and correction is an important part of the daily service.
SPARK also provides a variety of enrichment activities which includes arts and crafts, cooking, STEAM activities, and project-based learning to develop the skill sets needed to live in a global community. SPARK hires enrichment specialists that specialize in specific extracurricular subjects once a week. The program has offered classes in various subjects such as chess, coding, martial arts, dance, yoga, drama, Mandarin, and Spanish.
SPARK’s team of passionate leaders is excited to be serving the Alhambra community.