I wrote a review on this site last year and at at that time I gave the school two stars. This year I give it one and I have moved all my children to other schools. The review mentioning a gifted and talented program is a blatant falsehood. My children have scored in the gifted range on the school MAPS assessments for years and were never placed in any such program. When I asked about it I was told that it was "in development". We have been at GVA for over 6 years so my opinions are well informed. Here are the issues you should be aware of prior to enrolling your child at this school - Disorganization is chronic and pervasive. Although West campus is newer the problem seems to be worse there. - Teacher turnover is also chronic and pervasive to some extent by design. Immersion teachers are often here on 3 year visas so even if they hire a good one that teacher will leave. - Teachers are not highly qualified for their jobs. Ask about their qualifications. Training matters. - The middle school technology curriculum was a complete trainwreck upon rollout this year. How would the students use it competently when their teachers cannot?
Global Village Academy is a charter middle school in Aurora. 889 children attend Global Village Academy and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 56% of the 889 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Global Village Academy is 19:1. East Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Video film production
- Martial arts self defense
- P.E. classes
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The person who just wrote the last review is either an administrator or a halfwit. This school is sub par at best and everyone knows it. Gifted and Talented? Since when and why is this not made available for all parents to know about? We have left and there are other families who have left this school for greener pastures and better educated and professional staff and administrators. When my husband and I went to another Aurora school to register my son they stated and I quote "Oh yes this is around the time we start receiving children from THAT school. We don't know how they keep their doors open!!" (END QUOTE) Don't send your children there. We are so much happier now that we have left......
Take each comment with a grain of salt. My experience with this school has been nothing short of amazing. My child is in 3rd grade and has been here since Kinder. He is able to communicate with native speaking Spanish people along with being able to read and write above grade level. The other incidents happen everywhere so don't be fooled! They have a gifted program here and maybe parents are angry if their child doesn't make it in but that is OK. Our classroom is smaller than Aurora Frontier (26 kids) and the work my child brings home blows my mind. Can your child do division in Spanish or Chinese - bet not but mine can
The last post on 10/2/2014 is so TRUE. If I can give this school a lower star I would. Horrible school. This school testing scores are soooo low that if your child were to attend another school your child will fail. If your child is smart the teacher will hold your child back so that the other children can catch up. They teach the children to tell if they see bullying but punish the teller or re-victimizing the victim all over again. Teachers tell the kids to disobey their parent and when called on the bad advise the teacher wants to cry intimidation. The administration says "you don't want to be known as the parent who goes off on a teacher...then the student will suffer from your actions". This statement was from their student Coordinator Ms. Houghtaling. If you ask to see the "teacher" credentials they will not be told to you. Half of the teachers just have a certificate that's not up to the standards to the US let alone the National teachers standards. Kids everywhere at all times Not even in class. Teachers can't control their classrooms. Traffic is out of control. The school is supposed to be "culturally diverse" but it's not. HORRIBLE school.
Contrary to the previous post about how "great" GVA is there is more to education than parental involvement. While it is key parents who work hard to be there for their children also deserve the same attentiveness and care from staff who work for and with their children. GVA Aurora is simply not a school that supports ALL of the families and their students that attend this school! The focus is NOT negativity but rather truth. GVA Aurora is not a great school and ALL the concerns presented are facts; the truth! The facility is filthy carlines are totally unsafe though there are extremely rude staff members who attempt to "direct traffic" the only parents who have no problem with issues like these are those who are comfortable with below average education. All children no matter ability deserve the best education. All the "supportive" parents claim your child must be practically perfect to attend GVA so basically ALL special needs or other so called
Both of my kids attend GVA and love it. I make sure to work very closely with their teachers and staff to ensure the best education possible. The reviews left by other parents are quite negative and I understand their concerns however if you do have a well behaved child who is open to learning and you are there to guide them they will do just fine. If you are a lazy parent who does not stay involved with your child's academics do not send them here.
IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS. If you are a parent with a child at GVA read the reviews visit unannounced and volunteer. You will pull your child out! What actually happens during the day is not what you think. Ask for proof of teachers credentials and is they were validated as well as the principal. You will be shocked. Not only are there academic concerns there are security concerns. They didn't see me or question me when I walked onto the playground and picked up my son at lunch!
This school was the worst thing that ever happened to our son who is now in 7th grade. He went to GVA for 1st grade and had huge struggles. We didn't know that he had an actual disability at the time but I can tell you for sure that this school was absolutely not equipped to manage a child with any special learning issues of any kind. They do not have the staff. But worse than that it was clear that they just wanted our son to go away. They had no solutions and did not care in the slightest. Teneshia Taylor was the only person who was concerned about the kids but she had zero support from the principle or anyone else. It was a terrible joke and a mess. Its was so disappointing because the concept was absolutely wonderful. But when you have incompetent people in charge it doesn't matter how great the concept is. I wasn't ever going to write this review but when I happened upon this site and the reviews I saw here I see that nothing has changed. DO NOT ever send your child here if you feel that they will need any additional help or cooperation beyond the regular classroom. They will not get it here.
This school is not good. The principle has no respect to parents. The classroom is over crowded no enough table each table jammed up with over 6 kids. No playground they let kids running on the parking lot. Many teachers have no certificates. Traffic is always more than a nightmare gosh no way to get in to the school then once get in then no way to get out entrance is also exit. When my kid was there I was unhappy and stressed everyday.
I have mixed emotions about this school. It started out with a great vision but somewhere along the way that vision was lost. Over-crowded classes east campus is a pig style teachers look overwhelmed and the place is chaotic. I think if they had taken time to perfect their model instead of the rapid expansion and "lets get as many kids as we can cram into classes" model it would have been a great school. We finally decided to pull our kids out after this school year.
Love this school! Like every school especially charters there are things that could be better but there is no place else in Aurora that students can learn French and Mandarin. My child has been here for several years and is able to communicate and learn in a language we don't speak at home. I love the diversity of her friends and classmates and Singapore math is great. Teachers care about their students like most teachers but she has been introduced to cultures from around the world. Getting my student to be both bilingual and literate in multiple languages are worth the things that are not perfect.
My daughter has been going to GVA since kindergarten French on fall she will go to 3rd grade. She's been doing great with French. I'm very pleased with the reading and math program. The staff has always been super friendly and helpful. I'm looking forward to enroll my son in kindergarden Spanish immersion on fall. I recommend this school to everybody. About the principal Barbara Ridenour I think she is doing her job right. I asked her support in a personal situation my family is going through by writing a letter which she was able to do and she denied the help. That was hurtful because I have been supporting the school for a long time; but that doesn't make the school bad or whatsoever. That is the only complaint I have about GVA.
I was a previous student at this school and this school was the worst school i ever went to i was just in third grade and they were teaching me eighth grade math and to do math backwards and when ever my teachers handed me homework it was way above my learning level and i almost lost it i was running up and down the halls because the work was too much for me to understand i was only 9 when this was happening this also effected many other students in this dreaded school DON'T Ever Send Your Kids To This School! EVER! it will almost drive them to a mental breakdown like it almost did to me as a former student of this school i tell you to never send your kids to this school and if i could i would rate this school a 0 out of 10.
It is painful for me to think about this school. The administration lacks leadership and it feels like nothing can be done without the approval of the Executive Principal. This is frustrating and disheartening because I expect the Principal at the school to have some authority to make decisions. The staff is grumpy and unhappy. There is so much division between the teachers that you can hear the gossip when you walk in the door. The school is filthy. The Gym is disgusting the bathrooms are dirty dust and grime are thick and there is random 2nd hand furniture everywhere. Whoever is in charge of cleaning and maintenance is making money without fully doing their job. This school just does not make sense! We are withdrawing our children and are not looking back.
My daughter is in the 1st grade mandarin program and loves it she is speaking her immersion language in the advanced category already.I went to 8 schools before she started kindergarten but was afraid she would get bored because she knew kindergarten curriculum at age 3. I am really glad I found this school because now she can learn it all in a new language. That being said this school may not be a good fit if a child is behind in English already and you can not work with them at home since the first year is 100% immersion and is I think 80% for 1st and 2nd. Overall I have had a great experience with the staff and school as a whole they allow you to be as involved as you want and the one time my daughter did have an issue it got handled the very same day. I can't complain.
My daughter is in Sr Aguayo's Spanish kindergarten class! That man is a god send! Yes my kinder comes home with A TON of homework but just how much she has grown throughout this has truly been amazing! Test scores are low with the school but to be fair they all spend there day learning there immersion language yet Colorado makes us test in English. Sinta who works the desk also very relatable as well as Maria my daughter is always excited to walk in to school and see them both. Yes it's a big school but my child is not just a number to them everybody has truly taken the time to get to know her and what works best for her to learn. I love that GVA is our school and I'm truly excited to see how my child grows in her immersion language because of GVA!
Not a very good school. The teachers are fine and some care but the administration only cares about themselves. They don't treat the staff well the quality of education is poor and they continuously change teachers because it is CHEAPER for them to do so.
Terrible school! Extremely high turnover in administration teachers and students. Test scores are low academics is low too. The board does not manage the school instead they allow one person to dictate (The Executive Principal). The parking situation is a nightmare! There is no playground even though parents have raised money in the past for one. Executive Principal is not there for the best interest of children they are only numbers for her. The immersion language concept is good however there is no fidelity. Steer Clear for your own sanity!
Although the school offers immersion classes that are said to increase the capibility of getting a job the princible is less insistant on improving the schools that are already establitised instead she preferes to build new ones she hasn't gotten rid of the infestation instead increases the wild fire that is global village academy the vice princible desposes of teachers as if they were just an object of money so what ever you do DO NOT PUT YOUR CHIDEREN IN GLOBAL VILLAGE ACADEMY (you'd ruin their lives and make them antisocial)
My school is global village academy in AURORA..I cannot thank Mr. Aguayo enough for teaching my son since kindergarten. He is the the most amazing teacher any parent can ask for. Also have to applaud the Principal for what she helped with my child...awesome school..I am am very blessed with the front desk..SO WELCOMEING