The goal of the Janney Elementary Language Program is to offer Janney students a program of immersion and experiential language classes in French, Spanish, and Chinese.

JELP classes are designed to be accessible and fun, foster an interest in other world languages and cultures, and encourage students to feel confident communicating in a functional way in a second language. JELP is open to students in Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

Registration is for the entire 2023-24 school year.

Because of small class sizes, we insist that students attend their language classes on both days during the week. Regularity and consistency are beneficial for individual students and for the group. Over the school year, all JELP classes meet for 62 sessions on Monday and Wednesday or 63 sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. At the discretion of the JELP Director, students may be allowed to join JELP during the course of the school year and only under exceptional circumstances.

Classes begin September 11, 2023, for groups who meet on Monday and Wednesday, and September 12, 2023 for groups meeting on Tuesday and Thursday.

Class Schedule

All language classes take place twice per week for the 2023-24 school year either before or after school. For guidance on which language class to pick for your child, please see the JELP Policies, Student Placement section, or contact with questions.

SpanishSpanish Heritage 4th-5th grade (AM)Spanish K-1st Level 1 (AM)
Spanish 4th-5th Level 2(AM)
Spanish Pre-K (PM)
Spanish K-1st Level 1 (PM)Spanish Pre-K (PM)
Spanish K-1st Level 2 (PM)Spanish K-1st Level 1 (PM)
Spanish Heritage K-1st grade (PM)Spanish K-1st Level 2 (PM)
Spanish 2nd-3rd grade Level 2 (PM)Spanish Heritage 2nd-3rd grade (PM)
Spanish 2nd-3rd grade Level 3 (PM)Spanish Heritage 2nd-3rd grade (PM)
Spanish 4th-5th grade Level 4 (PM)
Spanish 4th-5th grade Level 5 (PM)
FrenchFrench K-1st level 2 (PM)
French 2nd-3rd grade Level 3 (PM)
French 4th-5th grade Level 4 (PM)
ChineseChinese PreK – 1st (PM)Chinese 2nd-4th grade (PM)

Click here to view the Janney+ Calendar 2023-2024. JELP class days are marked with blue circles (Monday/Wednesday classes) or purple squares (Tuesday/Thursday classes). If JELP classes are canceled for weather-related reasons, we will use the planned make-up days provided for in our calendar. We do our best to inform parents about class cancellation as early as possible. We follow DCPS inclement weather decisions, whereby if DCPS announces a snow day, both JELP a.m. and p.m. classes are canceled. If DCPS decides on a two-hour delay, only a.m. classes are canceled. In case of doubt, please see the DCPS website homepage.


In an effort to keep all students safe, Janney+ follows a nut-free policy for all programming.

This nut-free policy includes those products that have peanuts and tree nuts in the ingredients list. Check for nut products and by-products in foods sent to school. Products that list nuts in the ingredients are not permitted. Note this nut-free policy extends to all Janney+ camp days, including offsite field trips.

Program Registration

Tuition Fees

Tuition for the yearly program is $1,323 for morning classes, which are held for 45 minutes, and $1,606.50 for afternoon classes held for one hour, along with a $50 materials fee.

A 20% non-refundable deposit of the class tuition is due upon registration and a $25 fee is applied to all cancellations. JELP registration requests after the close of registration will be assessed a $25 late fee. Payments by installments and scholarships are available by application on a needs basis. Families who choose to pay by installments are still required to pay for the full year of language classes. This is the only way we can guarantee continuity to all students in the program and keep program costs lower than any other language school.

Tuition Reduction

Tuition reduction is offered on a needs basis. To apply, email the Janney+ Executive Director at

Program Policies and Procedures

Parent Handbook. A complete overview of our policies and procedures for the 2023-2024 school year is in our 2023-24 Janney+ Parent Handbook received upon registration in your Campsite Parent Dashboard.

  • Protocols for reporting and isolation will be followed
  • Janney+ will continue to engage with local and state authorities and adhere to all guidelines recommended, making changes to the protocol, as needed
  • Most eating will be done outside
  • Classes will spend as much time as feasible outside
  • Janney+ will adhere to DCPS requirements surrounding vaccination for staff

Immersion. We believe that immersion is the most efficient approach to language-learning over time. If students know that their teacher will explain content in English and/or systematically translate content into English, they will not engage with the target language. Our teachers, therefore, aim to speak the target language at least 90-95% of the time during class. It is important that students are prepared for that and reassured that they are not expected to understand every word the teacher speaks! All of the activities in class involve visual support, props, body movement, routine and repetitive language to help students understand the message. Over time, they will feel confident using the target language in contexts they have become familiar with.

Student Placement. Placement of students in language classes is based on their age group and years of exposure to the target language. We ask that parents refer to the bullet points below when registering their children for language. Please note that we may recommend a particular class based on demand and/or on teacher’s advice and we always favor a child’s best learning interests over schedule constraints. While we try to accommodate as many requests as possible, we cannot guarantee that a student will have classes on a specific schedule or will have the same language schedule as their sibling. Our aim is to achieve the greatest level of coherence and homogeneity within each group so as to offer both teachers and students an optimal setting for fun and efficient language-learning and teaching.

Each language class will follow a curriculum adapted to student grade/age group. We have developed a total of six curricula where each curriculum builds on the vocabulary, comprehension, and language-use learned from the previous one. Note that the curriculum that a student will follow is a reflection of their seniority in JELP rather than their level of fluency. In other words, subsequent curricula are not necessarily more difficult than the ones prior. Taking into account that we have students joining our JELP in every grade, with some new to language-learning, we make sure that no student repeats a previously studied curriculum. Based on the group’s level of fluency, the teacher will adapt her expectations and her lesson plans within the framework of the curriculum in question.


  • K-1st grade students
    • Level 1: First year of language learning (preferred choice for K)
    • Level 2: Returning JELP students or students with pre-existing knowledge of target language (preferred choice for 1st graders)
  • 2nd-3rd grade and 4th-5th grade students
    • Level 2 (a mix of curriculums I and II): First/second year as JELP student (or equivalent) as a second grader or up
    • Level 3: Third year as JELP student (or equivalent) as a second grader or up
    • Level 4: Fourth year as JELP student (or equivalent) as a second grader or up


  • K-1st grade and 2nd-3rd grade students
    • Level 1: First year of language learning
    • Level 2: Returning JELP students or pre-existing knowledge of the target language
    • Level 3: Third year as JELP student (or equivalent)


We also offer two multi-grade advanced Spanish classes for “heritage” speakers. These classes have more academic content (grammar, spelling, conjugation) and involve more in-depth listening and reading comprehension. They are exclusively for children who speak Spanish at home, have regular and extensive exposure to Spanish, and/or have recently lived in a country where Spanish is spoken. We reserve the right to switch a child registered for heritage classes to a non-heritage group if it is determined, in consultation with the teacher, that he/she does not have the required level of fluency.

  • K-1st grade students
  • 2nd-3rd grade students
  • 4th-5th grade students

Cancellation. The language program is a year-long program and we ask parents and students to sign a contract outlining their commitment to the program at the start of the school year. This commitment is key in providing continuity and stability in classroom communities that will enable students to progress over time. It is also the only way we can keep our tuition fees lower than other language schools. While we do recognize that circumstances may change over time, requiring a child’s schedule to be reevaluated, our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Students registering for any language class will commit to attending the first four weeks of the class before they may withdraw.
  • If after these four weeks the family decides they do not want their child to continue in JELP, the family has until October 7th, 2022 to provide notice via email that they are withdrawing their child. Please email
  • The Language Program will refund the cost of the class minus the non-refundable deposit of 20% of the class tuition fee within one month of receipt of the written cancellation notice. A $25 cancellation fee is also assessed.
  • After October 7th, 2021, it is no longer possible to receive a refund for canceled language registration.

A child who has withdrawn from JELP is not eligible to re-enroll for the rest of the school year.

Attendance. In order to ensure continuity of learning for your child and the rest of the class, we insist that students attend both classes every week. Homework is usually assigned to students on the later of the two days of language class, Wednesday or Thursday. It is very important that you let the JELP team know if your child will not attend a specific session so that we can keep track of all students. Please email schedule changes to and

Behavioral Expectations. Students are expected to act in a manner appropriate for a school environment. We understand that there might be days where it is harder for children to focus and engage in the class; however, on days where a child does not want to participate and their demeanor is disruptive to the class, the student will be sent to morning JAC for supervision and then released to Jamboree. Persistent behavioral issues will be addressed with parents and the school and could result in dismissal from the JELP session. In such cases, refunds are not provided.

Pick-up and Sign-out. Morning students are expected to arrive in the cafeteria no later than 7:45 a.m. For younger students or students who cannot make it to the cafeteria on their own to check-in, please walk them to the cafeteria and wait for their instructor to arrive. Their language teacher meets them there and escorts them to the classroom. They are dismissed on the turf field just before morning Jamboree.

Afternoon students are released to the cafeteria by their homeroom teachers at the end of the school day (3:05-3:15 pm). Pre-K and Kindergarten students are walked by their homeroom teachers to the cafeteria. Students will be checked in by the JELP Director.

Students will wait for their language teacher in the cafeteria. At 3:30 pm students will have a snack outside and then be walked to the class by their language teacher.

JELP pick-up is 4:30 PM on the field. 

  • Students are picked up from the turf field outside.
  • Once students complete their JELP class at 4:25, the class instructor transitions them to the field for dismissal. Please do not take your child out of line when they are transitioning from their JELP class to the field.
  • Please do not collect your student until they are signed out
  • 4:35 PM: Students in JAC will transition to meet their JAC groups outside

Janney+ will follow an electronic sign-out system. All authorized pick-ups must be added to your student’s Campsite profile. This can be done by clicking on the “Authorized Pickup” tab on the left-hand side of your profile. All authorized pick-ups will be given an individual attendance pin which will be required at pick up. 

Remember to inform us if your child will not attend JELP or if someone other than an authorized person will pick up your student. That person should bring identification in order for staff to approve student release. All pick up changes should be emailed to:

Please make sure to update your student’s information in Campsite each year, including your contact information, their teacher, and release information.

Contact JELP. The JELP Director, Marybel Escada, can be reached by email year-round at

Janney+ is a parent-run non-profit. Tax ID: 82-101-5792.