Contact Person: Joey Teets
FLEX is a before- and after-school world languages enrichment program for elementary school children. Children are introduced to a language through stories, games, interactive instruction, cultural activities, and music. The emphasis is on spoken language and learning about other cultures.
The goals of FLEX are to:
- Capture the optimal time in a child's life for learning another language.
- Learn basic foreign language vocabulary and phrases.
- Gain an understanding and knowledge of other cultures and countries.
- Enable children to enter world languages classes in middle school.
FLEX classes and registrations are organized and handled at individual elementary schools by the FLEX Parent Teacher Association representative. Languages vary from school to school; Spanish, French, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, and German are among the most popular. Most children who attend FLEX classes are enrolled in the same school; however, FLEX classes are open to children from private schools or homeschooled children, but parents must provide transportation. If a FLEX program is not offered at a particular school in Fairfax County, individuals can contact the FLEX program office for information on how to start one.