Your Premier
Language Academy.

Connecting cultures

Our True Passion

We provide a supportive environment to foster a strong social & academic foundation.  Our team of native-speaking language instructors have more than 30 years of combined experience, and teach according to the most proven methods, focusing on cultural immersion.

Valuable Experience

How We’re Different

Our teachers know that learning a second language challenges children’s minds, enhances cognitive flexibility and boosts creative thinking skills. Whether teaching the young or the young at heart, we bring the benefits of a second language to life!

School History

A Staple Of The Sarasota Community For Over 20 Years.

With a life-long love of travel and language, Mara Jacobs founded the academy to share her passion.  Opening its doors with just a few students, Spanish Legacy has grown into a foreign language center for children and adults offering a wide range of language classes and services and remains the only immersion school in the county.

The Academy offers Spanish, French, and Italian for mixed-age classes for K-12 students at all levels on site. Over the past 10 years, it has become the go-to foreign language enrichment program for many of the public and private schools in the area, teaching after school classes and providing tutoring for elementary students.

Education Approach

We Understand That Fun Is An Integral Part Of Teaching and Learning.

Our programs involve expertly guided classroom lessons and stimulating extracurricular activities — a combination we’ve found to be unbeatable! Our teachers are exclusively native speakers trained in immersion education.

The curriculum is an activity based, Montessori inspired method that incorporates core traditional techniques. Designed by founder Mara Jacobs, our classes are full immersion that act as building blocks toward full bilingualism. Spanish Legacy’s method integrates vocabulary, reading, writing, art, geography and mathematics into engaging hands-on, age appropriate activities.

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