Santa Cruz Spanish School, Santa Cruz La Laguna

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  • We spent 5 days with this school. The kids, 7 and 9, had their own teacher who was lovely and kept them engaged and entertained. My teacher was great too and pitched to my beginner level well. Lots of...  more »
  • I just wanted to pass on some of my thoughts regarding the school. I was first introduced to your school in June 2017. I walked into it and briefly spoke to the administrator about the program. I retu...  more »
  • Can't say enough about this little gem on the shores of Lake Atitlan...amazing, outside classrooms, friendly and genuine local teachers, authentic field trips to local markets and more, and reasonably...  more »
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  • I just wanted to pass on some of my thoughts regarding the school. I was first introduced to your school in June 2017. I walked into it and briefly spoke to the administrator about the program. I returned in June of 2018 to sign up for classes and the administrator remembered our conversation a year earlier….very impressive. My son and I spent four weeks in the school, studying 20 hours per week. It's a very professionally run organization. Every teacher we encountered was truly dedicated to their jobs. The coursework was on par or better than other schools I have attended. My background in Spanish: Learned it in college back in the 1990’s, studied in Antigua in 1994, and I have traveled all over North and South America. I found the curriculum to be diverse and completely applicable to a person with my level of Spanish. The school was quick to custom tailor and identify areas that I needed more work in. We then set out each day working on improving my Spanish. My son has taken Spanish in school here in the US (7th grade). What impressed me about his work in the school was how quickly the teacher progressed him through everything he was taught in school here in Texas last year. They had covered his entire school year in a matter of 2 1/2 weeks. That was a good thing for my son as being a young student, reviewing things is always important. Further, his teacher had a very kind and nurturing personality which is important for a student such as my son. The school administrator was ever present at the school, being a dedicated professional. Every day the students started off the day with a clean and presentable school. Her interactions with staff and students alike was always professional and courteous. The first week I was there was a bit slow as tourist season had just started. Several teachers had afternoon students so in the morning they passed their time preparing for the afternoon students. My teacher was excellent. Everyday he was well prepared. He really had an excellent understanding of Spanish Grammar. What I appreciate most about him was his dedication to identifying areas that I was deficient in and hammering me with drills and conversation in order to learn some of the more complicated grammatical structures. You need to understand that I have taken Spanish on a university level when I say this….He was on par with or better than many professors I had at the University of Texas. Further, in my occupation, I am an instructor as well. My instructor at the school was one of the top 10 instructors I have ever encountered. All said and done, we had a wonderful time. They have an amazing team there at the school. We were sad to leave having made some friends and really enjoying our time spent with them.
  • Pros 1. Excellent Teachers I took six hours of classes a day. Four in the morning with one teacher, and two in the afternoon with a different teacher. I wish my lessons had been a bit more structured, but overall I was very impressed with the quality of the teaching and how knowledgeable my instructors were. They were the part of the school I would return for! 2. Breathtaking Views Truly some of the most spectacular views of the lake. You can enjoy beautiful views from pretty much anywhere at the school as it is all open to the air. On a good day, you can even see Volcano Fuego erupting in the distance! 3. Personalized service I was able to have a significant say in what I studied as far as grammar and vocabulary, which was nice, as I want a general Spanish education with a focus in medical Spanish. Also, one of my instructors took me for a walking tour of Santa Cruz, and showed me some of the small coops where I could purchase fair-trade products. 4. Water We were able to get free (included), purified water at the school which was nice as they charged us to refill our small container at the Hotel Arca De Noe, and there is not a tienda by the water here. Cons 1. Activities The biggest drawback of this school, for me, was the complete lack of included activities. There was no socialization for students, and nothing organized to do after class. The activities were something I really enjoyed at the other Guatemalan Spanish Schools I attended, so this was disappointing. There is a tour agency that works with the schools, but their prices were absurdly high. They wanted over $250 USD for a day hike up one of the volcanos and even the closer, shorter hikes were prohibitively expensive. For comparison, I did an overnight hike up Acatenango, with food, guides and gear included for less than $60 USD, and the guides were all salaried. 2. Noise Not the fault of the school, but there are clearly not enforced muffler rules for the Tuk Tuks in Santa Cruz, as they would blare by every few minutes, making it impossible to hear for 5-10 seconds. Not a huge problem, but it got old after a while. 3. Insects Again, not the fault of the school, but class is help outdoors, so use bug spray! Despite the cons listed here, I would highly recommend visiting this school, and I thought Santa Cruz was a beautiful spot on the lake to relax and focus on learning language.
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