Calmeca Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language provides rigorous instructional programs that support Common Core Standards, promote acquisition of learning a second/third language and supporting Fine Arts. Instruction is unique and innovative constantly utilizing research-based programs and strategies. Dual Language is implemented in Pre-K through 5th grade this year and will grow through the years until all students instructed in the Dual Language philosophy. Mandarin is taught to students in grades K to 8th grades. External partners include UIC, ISU, Univ. of Chicago, Columbia College, Old Town School of Music, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Mariachi Heritage Foundation, Illinois Youth Soccer, and Changing Worlds. Calmeca provides workshops and trainings for parents supporting a strong parent involvement program. The weekly Healthy Kids Market provides families with fresh fruits and vegetables for all families. Additionally, the school holds the Silver Level award for its efforts in promoting Healthy and Wellness programs and events for its students. The after school program provides students the opportunity to engage in sports, arts, and tutoring.