Estado del Tiempo LA QUINTA, California

PHONE: (760) 980-2217

“Cruz Language Academy is a treasure for any person wanting to learn Spanish. The learning environment is one of the grand professional encouragement. My instructor Luis creatively plans lessons that are practical, easily understood, fun and most importantly effective.
I’m so grateful to have found this wonderful Academy.”

PEGGY DEKMER, La Quinta, California
“Luis makes learning Spanish so much fun. I love the way Luis is like a coach helping his athletes (students) become the best they can be. His approach is very positive and productive.”

STEVE TAYLOR, La Quinta, California
“I began studying Spanish with Luis Cruz in January. Everything about my experience with Luis has exceeded my expectations. He is a very gracious, intelligent, and interesting individual with an impressive knowledge of the Spanish language and modern language education techniques. I have made excellent progress in my understanding as well as my ability to speak Español in the three months that I have been studying with Luis. Equally important is the enjoyment I have had meeting with Luis each week, he is very positive, has a great sense of humor, and is a joy to be around; I recommend him wholeheartedly!”

BRIAN BLEVINS, Missoula, Montana
“I had an amazing set of refresher lessons with Luis! He is extremely knowledgeable about the Spanish language learning process, and he expertly guided our conversations to focus on my weakest areas. I feel like my Spanish improved more in four hours with Luis that it has in the previous year! And most importantly, he is a very cool guy who is fun to hang out with, which made the lessons feel less like work and more like relaxed conversations with a new friend. I am now planning to return to La Quinta on a regular basis to work with Luis. ¡Gracias, Señor!”

STU GREENBAUM, San Diego, California
“I had the good fortune of discovering Cruz Language Academy while on vacation in Palm Springs. I enrolled in an Adult Lesson Package consisting of 4 x 90 minute 1:1 private tutorials with Luis. My goal was to focus on conversation in Spanish and much to my absolute delight, Luis customized the lessons for me.

He is a brilliant teacher! Luis used a number of excellent techniques to maximize our conversation time together. We even recorded a “podcast interview”. Luis kept the lessons interesting, fun and spontaneous, yet still quite challenging for me. What a phenomenal experience. Than you so very much Luis.”

DANIEL KLINGSPON, Vancouver Canada.



Bilingual Minds

We help language enthusiasts become fluent in Spanish by teaching them our mother tongue and our grandparents’ traditions

Spanish Adult Lessons

One-on-one classes designed for adult students. Personalized instruction face-to-face or via Skype from a teacher with a master's degree during a weekly session (90min. or 2hr. according to the package selected). Curriculums: Prisma Latinoamericano for beginning and intermediate students; Tejidos  for advanced students.

Location: Office. 51400 Avenida Ramirez, La Quinta, CA 92253



Kiddos Lingua. After School Program

Spanish class for kindergarters to 5th graders who attend Desert Sands Unified School District. Communicative method. Space is limited to 30 kids. First come, first served! Curriculums: Spanish for Kids, for beginners ¡Hola, amigos! Klan 7 for intermediate and advance students and Rockalingua for all levels.

Location: James Monroe Elementary School. Room 805. 42-100 Yucca Lane, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203.


  • Our native speakers, certified, and experienced teachers will teach you Spanish in a stress-free atmosphere during the current school year. They will use the experiential and communicative approaches so you can use Spanish from day one in your daily live. Instructors will also provide a variety of materials -free of charge- like textbooks, workbooks, bilingual dictionaries, and online resources per session.

  • Our Spanish teachers will ask you to complete academic activities, exercises, and projects in class and/or outside the class. All activities will be evaluated and oral/written feedback will be given. Professors will encourage you to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish with native and non-native speakers systematically.

  • Our Spanish instructors will determine your fluency level by using formal/informal assessments like questioning, quizzes, tests, etc. Additionally, they will measure your actual mastery of Spanish, accommodate the curriculum to your specific learning style, and make sure you are accomplishing the goal of becoming bilingual.

If we don’t live up to any of the above promises, we insist that you tell us right away. We will restore the above VALUES immediately and ensure the HIGH QUALITY instruction you deserve at all times.

PHONE: (760) 980-2217


Monday to Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM Pacific Time

Adults’ Location: 51400 Avenida Ramirez, La Quinta CA

Kids’ Location: 42100 Yucca Lane, Bermuda Dunes CA

Who We Are

Cruz Language Academy is a private school that offers Spanish lessons for kids and adults. Elementary school kids receive Spanish instruction at Kiddos Lingua: after school program, a class group limited to 30 students.We teach adults one-on-one and face-to-face in our office in La Quinta or online via Appear.In. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels are open from late August to mid June for kids and adults alike.

We are highly qualified teachers who hold Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Spanish. have teaching credentials, and 20+ years of experience. Our teaching methods focus on practicing , practicing, and practicing Spanish from day one using the experiential methodology and the communicate approach. We center in the real proficiency of the student improving his listening, reading-comprehension, writing, speaking, and Spanish grammar.

Core Values

Since 2000, we have been helping kids and adults to succeed in learning Spanish. Children take Spanish to learn a second language and deeply develop their cognitive skills. Adults need Spanish to travel to Spain and Latin American countries, for business, or for the seek of knowledge. The school core values stand by the Cruz Language Academy acronym (CLA):

  • Credibility: highly qualified and experienced teachers

  • Loyalty: recurrent and enthusiastic students

  • Achievement: student success is based on a holistic approach to language acquisition

Mission Statement

We help language enthusiasts become fluent in Spanish by teaching them our mother tongue and our grandparents’ traditions.


We provide the highest academic standards for learning Spanish using the most effective methodologies in a student-centered environment.


We immerse our students in the Spanish language by implementing the communicative and the experiential learning approaches.


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Yipsy De Armas, B.S. in Education (2001) 

Mrs. De Armas was born and raised in a Latin American country and speaks Spanish fluently. As the youngest daughter of Spanish  immigrants from the Canary Islands, she understands the differences between the Spanish from Spain and Latin America. She grew up in a monolingual environment and only learned English as a foreign language in middle and high school. That challenge fueled her desire of speaking English to her daughter since she was a toddler. When Mrs. De Armas and her family moved to the United States, she wanted to raise a bilingual daughter while maintaining her Spanish heritage, traditions, and culture. This was the first seed to start Kiddos Lingua: After School Program. Yipsy really wanted to share her Hispanic heritage with her daughter's classmates after school hours.

She is very passionate about teaching Spanish to small kids through interactive activities, songs, games, storytelling, theatrical performances, and art. Her bachelor's degree in Education plus fifteen years of experience, have given her the tools to encourage kids to speak Spanish since childhood. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language to better help her at Kiddos Lingua. They are growing up as bilingual individuals under Mrs. De Armas' guidance and expertise. Her kiddos have one little body but two big souls: English and Spanish.


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Luis Miguel Cruz, M.A. in Teaching Spanish (2017)

Mr. Cruz was born and raised in a Latin American country and speaks Spanish fluently. He is the grandson of an immigrant from Asturias, Spain. Spanish has been his truly passion since childhood participating in innumerable contests at the local and national level. At the age of fourteen, he won the Golden Medal at the National Spanish Contest for secondary school students. A few years later, Mr. Cruz had the opportunity to attend college and studied Spanish Language and Literature. He graduated with honors and a summa cum laude degree as a Spanish teacher in 2000. He is been working in the educational field for more than sixteen years, mostly as a college professor.

In the United States, Mr. Cruz has pursued graduate studies at Humboldt State University and University of California San Diego earning his teaching credentials in Spanish.  He holds Master's degree in Teaching Spanish from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain. Because he wanted to raise a bilingual daughter, he created Kiddos Lingua: After School Program during the 2015-16 school year. Working together with Mrs. De Armas and their daughter Lauren is one of the most rewarding experiences in Luis' personal and professional live.

Academic Approach

Our proven method to teach Spanish as a second language is called TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). This scientific-based method was first developed by Spanish professor Blain Ray in the 1990's based on Dr. Stephen Krashen's theory of comprehensible input. The theory states that individuals acquire another language only when messages are fully comprehend. 

Cruz Language Academy teachers develop a bilingual approach (English and Spanish) taking advantages of the learners' strengths with the objective of minimizing their weak areas at the foundation level. Once students acquire the basics, lessons are taught entirely in their second language from beginning to advanced levels. The communicate and experiential learning methods are at the center of our methodology.


  • One-on-one sessions, face-to-face or via Skype, tailoring an individual's needs.

  • How many sessions? 4, 5 or more per calendar month according to the package selected.

  • How long? 90min. or 2hr/ session.

  • When? Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3:30PM all year-round.

  • Where? Teacher's office.

  • Summer break: from Monday, June 14 through Sunday, July 17, 2019.

  • Christmas break: Monday, December 23, 2019 through Sunday, January 5th, 2020.


  • Face to Face: Spanish teacher delivers the lecture to the student in the same physical location at the same time.

  • Virtual Learning: Spanish teacher and student are in different locations at the same time via Skype.

  • Blended: Face to face and virtual learning combined. Online practice with the Spanish instructor's supervision .

How It Works

In  3 Simple Steps:

I) Give us a phone call at 760-980-2217 to suggest the best package for your time and learning needs. 

II)  Click TUITION and Prepay your language service.

III) You will receive a confirmation email and a phone call to schedule the first session of your language program.

Learning Spanish with us is always fun and engaging!

Our Courses

1:1 SPANISH LESSONS F2F or ONLINE (Monthly Tuition)
from 360.00


ONE-ON-ONE, private lesson (face-to-face, online or hybrid)with a native Spanish-speaking teacher who holds a Master's degree in Spanish, has 20+ years of experience, and prepare lessons according to your individual needs: conversation, grammar, listening, writing, etc.


  • A 90 MINUTE-SESSION per week (or more per student’s request).

  • FACE-TO-FACE or ONLINE sessions using Spanish in real-life situations: restaurants, travel, stores, entertainment, business, health care, etc.

  • ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED: textbook, workbook, audios, and videos according to the Spanish curriculum and program.

  • UNLIMITED ACCESS to resources: the Spanish e-learning platform, bilingual dictionaries, translators, and verb conjugators.

  • HOMEWORK PROVIDED: to be completed during the student's spare time outside the class.


All of the Silver Package benefits plus:

  • DISCOUNT PRICE ($30 OFF Regular Price for New Students Only).

  • A TWO-HOUR SESSION per week (or more per student’s request).

  • UNLIMITED ACCESS to resources: the Spanish e-learning platform, bilingual dictionaries, translators, and verb conjugators.

  • LANGUAGE LAB (in class): semi-weekly recording of your voice to enhance reading, pronunciation, intonation, and listening skills.

  • HABLANDO EN ESPAÑOL PODCAST: participation as an interviewee in this radio show.

  • ADDITIONAL HOMEWORK: to help student’s commitment towards fluency.

MONROE SPANISH LESSONS FOR KIDS (Tuition+One-Time Registration Fee)
from 300.00

One-Time Registration and Materials Fee: $50 (per kid). Due during enrollment.


5x/week = $300 a month (More Popular and Most Effective in Terms of Language Acquisition)

4x/week = $275 a month

3x/week = $250 a month

Drop-In Fee = $20 per kid (extra session only available to children attending 3x or 4x/week to help families per their request). This is NOT a regular frequency option.