Las Américas ASPIRA Academy

at 326 Ruthar Dr, Newark, 19711 United States

Las Américas ASPIRA Academy was established to provide students a world class education through a dual-language project based learning curriculum.

Las Américas ASPIRA Academy
326 Ruthar Dr
Newark , DE 19711
United States
Contact Phone
P: (302) 292-1463


ASPIRA Academy students will become fully proficient in reading, writing and speaking English and Spanish through immersion in both languages as they learn all subjects. The curriculum is aligned with Delaware and Common Core State Standards and is project-based, so students learn by doing. ASPIRA Academy welcomes students from diverse ethnic, racial, language (English & Spanish), and socio-economic backgrounds. Half of the Academy's students are primarily English-speakers and the other half, primarily Spanish speakers. The Academy's curriculum is rigorous and challenging. At ASPIRA, we believe every child is college bound. All students will become bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural within six years in the program while gaining the academic, physical, social and emotional skills to succeed in school and in life.

Opening time

  • Mondays: 08:00- 17:00
  • Tuesdays: 08:00- 17:00
  • Wednesdays: 08:00- 17:00
  • Thursdays: 08:00- 17:00
  • Fridays: 08:00- 17:00

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Don't forget: Friday’s scheduled talent show audition will be made up on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 after school from 4-5:30pm in the band and choir room. Any parent arriving to pick up their child after 5pm must report to the side door for pick up. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Published on 2015-02-22 19:30:01 GMT

Due to the school closure tomorrow, Friday’s talent show audition will be made up on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 after school from 4-5:30pm in the band and choir room. Any parent arriving to pick up their child after 5pm must report to the side door for pick up. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Published on 2015-02-19 23:46:12 GMT

Attention: Las Américas ASPIRA Academy school and offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, February 20th, due to inclement weather conditions. Please stay inside and stay warm! Atención: Mañana, el viernes, 20 de febrero, la escuela y las oficinas de Las Américas ASPIRA Academy estarán cerradas debido al clima inclemente. Por favor, ¡quédense adentro y manténganse caliente!

Published on 2015-02-19 20:17:55 GMT

The Parent Workshop scheduled for today, Thursday, February 19th: Due to the extreme cold temperatures this evening, we have canceled tonight’s session. We hope you will join us for the session scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th at 6pm. We look forward to discussing next year’s School Schedule Proposal and Standards Based Report Cards with you on February 24th. If you have any questions or need to register for childcare to attend the workshop, contact the school at 302.292.1463. Thank you. Este mensaje es de ASPIRA Academy con información sobre el taller para padres programado para hoy, jueves 19 de febrero. Debido a temperaturas heladas que se esperan para esta tarde, hemos cancelado este taller. Esperamos usted pueda participar en el taller programado para el martes 24 de febrero a las 6 de la tarde. En este taller discutiremos la propuesta del horario escolar para el próximo año escolar y las boletas de calificaciones basadas en estandares. Si tiene preguntas o necesita cuidado de niños para poder participar en el taller, comuníquese a la escuela al 302.292.1463. Gracias.

Published on 2015-02-19 14:05:47 GMT

Good morning! Today is an "A" day!

Published on 2015-02-18 11:13:38 GMT

Attention: Las Américas ASPIRA Academy school and offices will be closed today, Tuesday, February 17, due to inclement weather conditions. Please stay inside and stay warm! Atención: Hoy, el martes, 17 de febrero, la escuela y las oficinas de Las Américas ASPIRA Academy están cerradas debido al clima inclemente. Por favor, ¡quédense adentro y manténganse caliente!

Published on 2015-02-17 10:05:56 GMT

Today is Dress Down Day for $1 and Friendship Day! Stay tuned for lots of pictures from this fun day later this afternoon :)

Published on 2015-02-12 10:40:43 GMT

Please see our website for an important announcement regarding buses for this academic year from our Head of School, Margie Lopez Waite:

Published on 2015-08-18 15:58:18 GMT

At Las Américas ASPIRA Academy, we encourage students to develop healthy eating habits. As stated in our School Code of Conduct, “We encourage students to bring a water bottle and snack (both labeled with the student’s name) to be consumed during specified snack times. Food should only be consumed in the Café or the classroom… the educators at LAAA would like to discourage unhealthy foods, such as soda and candy, being sent to school for lunch or other school functions.” Please remember that we are a “nut-free” (peanut AND tree nut) school and snacks should not contain these items nor be processed in a location where cross-contamination may occur. All food brought into the school must have an ingredients label that may be checked, if necessary. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation! Sra. Gluck Assistant Head of School En Las Américas ASPIRA, les pedimos a nuestros estudiantes desarrollar hábitos alimenticios saludables. El Código de Conducta Escolar indica lo siguiente: “Les pedimos a los estudiantes que traigan una botella de agua y merienda (con el nombre del estudiante escrito en cada artículo) para comer durante tiempos específicos. Los estudiantes deben de comer en el Café ASPIRA solamente, o dentro del salon de clase… los maestros de LAAA recomienden que comidas no saludables, como soda y dulces, (deben de quedarse en casa).” Favor de recordar que nuestra escuela es “nut-free”. Esto significa que la comida traída a la escuela no debe contener cacahuates u otras nueces de árboles, ni ser procesada en un lugar donde sea posible que esos ingredientes pudieron estar en contacto con el alimento. Toda la comida debe indicar los ingredientes para que podamos tener una referencia, si es necesaria. ¡De antemano, gracias por su cooperación! Sra. Gluck Asistente Directora de Escuela

Published on 2015-08-28 18:02:06 GMT

Families- We have a known issue with our phone lines and we've already contacted our provider to amend the situation. If you call and the phone disconnects or doesn't get picked up in a reasonable amount of time, please wait a moment and try again. Thanks for your patience with this issue :)

Published on 2015-08-28 16:50:01 GMT

Transportation Update Effective the Week of August 31, 2015: We thank our families for their cooperation as we address the challenges faced due to a shortage of bus drivers. We anticipate that changes will need to be in place for school dismissal through the month of September. We need your help to minimize the impact of this shortage. Please think about any of your trusted friends, family members or colleagues that may be interested in employment as a bus driver and refer them immediately to Sutton Bus Company. Beginning on Monday, August 31, 2015, our dismissal process will change in the following manner: · Students assigned to buses 5, 6, and 7 will be dismissed at 3:30pm as usual (no change). · Car Rider dismissal will begin at 3:30pm as usual (no change). · Students assigned to the remaining buses (1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 9) will remain in school until they are dismissed at 4:30pm or upon immediate arrival of their bus. During that time, students will be provided a meal and supervised by grade-level teachers. As a result of this change, students will arrive at their designated bus stop approximately 45 minutes later than usual. Should you decide to make a temporary change to your student's mode of transportation during the month of September, please contact the Main Office via phone (302-292-1463) or email ( by 5pm on Friday, August 28, 2015. -------------------------------------------------------- Les agradecemos a nuestras familias por su cooperación mientras resolvemos la situación de no contar con suficientes choferes de autobuses. Durante el mes de septiembre tendremos que crear ciertas modificaciones. Necesitamos contar con su apoyo durante este período. Por favor, tengan en mente el seguir propagando la voz para ayudarnos a contratar a más choferes y refiéranlos a la Compañía de Autobuses Sutton. A partir del día 31 de agosto del 2015, nuestro procedimiento cambiará de la siguiente manera: A las 3:30 PM, los estudiantes que viajen en los autobuses 5, 6 y 7 saldrán de la escuela rumbo a sus casas –como de costumbre. Los estudiantes que viajan en carro seguirán con la rutina de ser recogidos a partir de las 3:30 pm. Los estudiantes que tomen los autobuses 1,2,3,4,8 y 9 se quedarán en la escuela hasta las 4:30 PM o en cuanto lleguen los autobuses. Durante este tiempo, se les proveerá de comida/alimento y de cuidado. El impacto que se observara, será que los estudiantes llegaran a casa aproximadamente 45 minutos más tardes de lo normal. Si quisiera hacer un cambio temporal al modo de transporte de su hijo/a durante el mes de septiembre, por favor contacte a la oficina principal via 302-292-1463 o por medio de correo electrónico: antes de las 5:00 PM el día viernes 28 de agosto de 2015.

Published on 2015-08-27 23:01:41 GMT

Dear Parents, It was a pleasure welcoming your student(s) back to school yesterday! As I made my way throughout the school, I noticed that students were engaged in team-building activities facilitated by their teachers and learning the routines and procedures necessary for a successful school year. After reflecting on the day’s events, it became clear that in order to ensure the safety of our students, your compliance with our policy regarding dismissal changes are required. As stated in the School Code of Conduct: “*Parents must notify Main Office prior to 12:00pm of any changes effective same day.” (LAAA School Code of Conduct, p.19) If changes are not sent to the Main Office (either via phone at 302.292.1463 or email at prior to noon that day, the student(s) will be sent home according to the transportation information listed in Eschool. Parents should not email individual teachers with changes. Changes in dismissal are not the teacher’s responsibility. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation! Margie López-Waite Head of School

Published on 2015-08-25 17:35:47 GMT

Parents: Due to some technical difficulties that we've been working all day to overcome, we are unable to send out Voice Shots announcing class lists tonight! We are so sorry for this inconvenience. The lists have been posted on the front door of our school and we are going to continue to try to overcome the technical issues tomorrow so that the phone messages are able to be delivered. Thank you for your continued patience, support, and understanding as we try to put the finishing touches on our building and prepare our staff for an exciting year ahead! :) ----------------------------------------- Today is the day! 2015-2016 Homeroom Teacher Announcements will be made TODAY! Parents/Guardians will receive an automated Voice Shot message this evening to announce their children’s homeroom teacher. This information will also be available at the welcome to LAAA night on Thursday, August 20th at 6pm. Please keep in mind: in grades K-5 students are enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion Program, in which they will rotate between classes on an A/B rotation so they will spend equal time with both teachers on a team (English Immersion- EI and Spanish Immersion- SI). There are 4 homerooms which comprise 2 teams in kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 4th grade. There are 2 homerooms which comprise 1 team in both 3rd and 5th grade. Homeroom teachers designate students "A day" classroom and this is where they will report on the first day of school, Monday, August 24th. In grades 6-8, students rotate among teachers for their various subjects. For questions regarding teachers we ask that you wait until after you’ve received your Voice Shot calls for all of your children (they will come separately and may be spaced out) to contact the main office. You may email or call between 10am and 2pm this week at 302-292-1463. The 2015-2016 K-5 Homeroom Teachers are as follows: Kindergarten Team 1: Ms. Nicole Sturgill (English Immersion- EI) & Sra. Carolina Rasmussen (Spanish Immersion- SI) Ms. Anita Delp (Special Education) Kindergarten Team 2: Ms. Deborah Modica (EI) & Sra. Nayeli Nuñez (SI) 1st Grade Team 1: Ms. Jenny Markle (EI) & Sra. Mirna Perez (SI) Mr. Jacob Zimmerman (Special Education) 1st Grade Team 2: Ms. Stephanie Saggione (EI) & Sra. Jasmin Perez (SI) 2nd Grade Team 1: Ms. Emily Edmonds-Eveland (EI) & Sra. Jeannie Negron (SI) Ms. Megan Zant (Special Education) 2nd Grade Team 2: Ms. Tiffany Lugo (EI) & Sra. Christine Paoli (SI) 3rd Grade Team: Ms. Missy Hinspeter (EI) & Srta. Sade Urquhart (SI) Ms. Lori Kellogg (Special Education) 4th Grade Team 1: Ms. Nicole Castiglione (EI) & Srta. Anna Sandoval (SI) Ms. Kimberly Schukraft (Special Education) 4th Grade Team 2: Mr. Billy Sturdivant (EI) & Sra. Yaz Waters (SI) 5th Grade Team: Ms. Lisa Howard-Smola (EI) & Sr. Alex Aguirre (SI) Ms. Lori Kellogg (Special Education) In Middle School (6th-8th grades), core content teachers are as follows: ELA: Ms. Jessie Forbes (6th grade) and Ms. Brooke Wentz (7th & 8th grade) Math: Ms. Michele Burris, Kathleen Chappel and Mr. James Anderson Science: Mr. Matthew Sturdivant Social Studies: Ms. Jocelyn Cane Spanish: Sra. Brenda Rivera Special Education: Ms. Kristen Egan, Ms. Sarah Swift and Ms. Jennifer Wahl Please feel free to stop by the school on Thursday night, August 20th, between 6 and 7:30 pm to meet your child's teachers for the new year, drop off community supplies to their classroom, and see our improvements that we've been working on all summer. There will be no formal presentations by teachers at this time as this is simply a meet-and-greet event.