At GVA-DC our mission of growing students who are fluent and literate in English and a second world language, excel academically in core content subjects, and develop 21st century skills, including cross-cultural understanding, drives what we do every day. From the moment students enter our classrooms, we engage students in effective, challenging, and motivating education. We seek to activate each student’s unique set of talents and interests and develop in them a growth mindset or belief in their own ability to learn and develop skills, regardless of their natural ability, through determination and hard work.
We do this important work in a community that is safe, supportive, and loving. We value each and every child and the families who care for them as vital members of our village.
For me, it is evident every morning as children bound from their cars eager to go to school that Global Village Academy is a learning environment that allows students to be inspired, successful, and happy!
Thank you for partnering with us in creating an amazing school community!
Global Village Academy’s (K-5) Charter Renewal
This past week, the Douglas County Board of Education approved a resolution approving the Global Village Academy Charter Renewal Application; GVA’s charter was renewed for a five year term. The application for renewal identifies GVA-DC as a K-5 campus beginning the 2020-2021 school year. As a result, many families whose students would attend Sierra (7th and 8th grades) Middle School have questioned whether to have their students continue at GVA after 4th grade. When making this important decision I would encourage families to consider the following:
The average time required to reach native-like proficiency and grade level achievement in 6 years (K-5th grade).
- Dual language programs lead to higher student outcomes when they are provided to participating students for a period of at least 6 years. This is the average time required to reach native-like proficiency and grade level achievement as confirmed by a number of evaluation studies on immersion and bilingual programs and by large-scale studies on English learners (Carrol and Bailey, 2015; Genesee et al., 2006; Hill, Weston & Hayes, 2014; Lindholm-Leary & Genesee, 2010; Parrish et, al, 2006; Thompson, 2015; Umansky & Reardon, 2014).
At the February 21st Douglas County Board of Education Meeting, Western Demographics, Inc. presented an update on the School Capacity and Boundary Analysis survey results. The purpose of the survey was to collect community feedback on options for dealing with district enrollment and capacity issues. Key strategies under consideration include moving 6th grade students to middle schools across the district (including schools in the Sierra Middle School feeder system). Changes in realignment could take effect as soon as the 2020-2021 school year.