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!
Global Village Academy is a charter middle school in Aurora. 640 children attend Global Village Academy and are mostly Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 49% of the 640 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers 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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This school is just horrendous. My son has been at this school 2 years and I hate taking him everyday. The Executive Principal is a JOKE and is NEVER available to speak to parents the onsite Principal is passive aggressive and never seems as if she truly wants to interact with parents. My sons teachers in the Mandarin program have been OK except this year. The teacher refuses to grade the students based on their work and when you ask questions about your child she is always defensive and disturbingly aggressive. The parking situation is a nightmare and the teachers that aid in traffic sit around like thugs urging parents to move their cars even when your child is not buckled up! Several students have been hit in the loading and unloading zone! Simply put the apathy from the executive staff defensive teachers that are "BUSY" when you need to speak about your child's progress the horrendous building and lack of playground facilities lends this school to a zero star rating in my opinion. Don't send your children here it would be a mistake and the kids are numbers that are pushed through. If you advocate for your child you will be met with defensiveness! Steer Clear! THE WORST!
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)
GVA Aurora is a great concept but is failing miserably on execution and follow through. The principal is working on admin changes and has made progress however she lacks leadership skills and does not deal well with conflict. She is not avail for parents and does not make herself seen at the school. The pick/up drop off situation is horrendous. There is a 20-30 min wait twice a day no matter if you park and walk in or pick up outside. Both East (K-3) and West (4-8) campuses are at capacity. There is currently no plan to expand or any plan to fix the overcapacity problem. The aesthetic appearance of the school is a complete mess. Parent involvement is so low that school events have been cancelled due to lack of volunteers. The positives are that my child is learning a 2nd language. That is a valuable asset. The front desk is helpful and knows more about the school than anyone else. The teachers are knowledgable and friendly. The negatives outweigh the positives for us though. We were so excited to sent our child here but my disappointment and that of the other parents is palpable the min you walk in the door. Major changes need to happen if this school is going to succeed.
This is my son's 6th year at GVA. I also have two daughters in the lower grades. Although I had very high hopes for immersion education I can't say it's been a success. My daughters are doing well and have learned Spanish fairly well for their respective ages but my son is very far behind in his language track and no one noticed until this year. Although he's very good at math his grades have been horrendous due to his inability to understand the Spanish instructions this year. The school had no structured immersion language curriculum until this year. My daughters have time to catch up but my son does not. It's been a very frustrating year and we are looking at other schools at this point. As a previous person noted immersion teachers are here on 3 year visas so teacher turnover is constant. The best teachers seem to leave the soonest unfortunately. Brilliant idea poor execution.
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
This is our child s fifth year at GVA and at first I thought it was a great idea for my two children to learn Chinese but did not think long term. For example how will my children continue to learn Chinese after middle school? A lot of high schools do not teach this language. The math at GVA is a higher quality but they teach it in the foreign language so if your child falls behind in their foreign language then they are sure to fall behind in math. I agree with another reviewer who said that children can get left behind at this school. My son is two years behind in Chinese and we were just told. He is also behind in math because he can't understand his Chinese teacher and behind in English due to learning Chinese first. We have put him in tutoring for Chinese and math but his teacher brings it up in class and humiliates him. It seems many of the Chinese teachers use humiliation as a discipline or correction tool. Maybe it is part of their culture? GVA is not for every child. On the flip side GVA has some great teachers and academic programs. The after school programs are fun too. I just wish they could execute their vision for the school better.
Ms. Quinn and Mrs. Woolington are excellent teachers they are dedicated leaders and masters of the subjects they teach.
The teachers are some of the best I have ever seen; supportive hard-working and they care about each and every one of the students in their class. The staff is attentive and kind. There are some minor issues that need to be worked out by the principal and the charter collaborative but progress takes time and experience and GVA is a young school. This school gave my kindergartner and 2nd grader an immense knowledge of the French language already which will only help both of them in their future school endeavors.
My Kinder just graduated w/knowledge of another language! Awesome reads French and English - unheard of! Teachers are there for you staff is always helpful and wouldn't change for the world!
GVA is great.... ONLY if you want your child to learn a language. Do NOT go here if you want any type of academic learning. Teacher turnover is super high... and has to be because they are here on 3 year Visas and have to go back after. That means that the new teachers have to start all over and the school will NEVER have a solid educational foundation. Also the Global Village Collaborative MUST go away. They are pulling money from the other campuses (just look closely at the financials... money spent at gas stations called "supplies" and many more). Any organization that is taking resources from my kid's education is NOT ok with me. The Principals are employed by the Collaborative and "leased" by the campuses therefore they will never have control to make any decisions about the campus without first going through the collaborative...Very inefficient. Socioeconomically speaking... Test scores don't lie. Great idea... Very poorly executed!
This is one of three school rating sites I looked at before placing my child at GVA Northglenn. I wanted to come back here and report my findings because I had a major misconception about the importance of a schools' CCAP scores. Now that I've met the students I see that some students' families come from all over the world. I am surprised by how often a student speaks a third language at home the target language at school and English only during English Literacy at GVA and during State Standardized testing. So comparing CCAP scores for average American students with students who hear one language at home a different language at school and standardized tests in English...is not an accurate way to assess the intelligence of the student body or the curriculum. When you have several students per class with such interesting challenges to the reporting process you just cannot use the raw numbers. Also I misunderstood the after school specials. At first I thought they were overpriced but now I see that professionals from the community are coming in to teach these intense specialized classes. This has become our favorite aspect of the school; life-changing teachers!
This is my 4th 3rd and 1st grader's first year at GVA. I am so happy with the school so far. I love the parent involvement and the requirement for parents to put in at least 30 volunteer hours. I am happy with all my kid's teachers. I think this school is just the challenge my kids needed. We do not speak Spanish at home and it is exciting to see the progress they are making at school. Their English reading and writing along with math have improved also. I know many parents are upset with the principal for various reasons but I am truly happy with this school overall.
kids can get lost easily at this school a lot of safety issues. Went to pick up both my kids and nowhere to be found. Thank god we found them after lokking for about 20 minutes. It was a very sad day but i transfered them to another school and we are all a lot happier with it. When I asked the GVA staff for a withrrow form they said they were out because they had a lot withrrows going on. That tells me that I made the right desicion by switching them.
I am a former student going to Rangeview. I tested advanced in Math and am in 3rd year Spanish. Miss my teachers especially MS. Hartwick and Mrs. Espinosa.
Wish I heard about this site earlier probally would have never attended our neighborhood school Tollgate. Program is one of kind teachers are diverse and staff is friendly. Haven't meet the Principal (except for the information night) but probally not a bad thing. My child speaks a second language already so we are going for a 3rd. The French program seems good will know more at the end of the year but for the first 2 weeks prtetty good. Like the parent before wish there was bussing.
Not for active kids. My daughter has attended for 2 days and she does not like it. Not your average kindergarten-not-wanting-to-be-away-from-mama not liking it. She's been to preschool without a problem for years. First day report - "my teacher is mean." She didn't get a sticker. She knew it was for "being bad" but she had no idea what she did. I asked the teacher and she said that she was "moving all the time." Oh. She's 5. She came from an active preschool where the kids didn't sit at tables all day except to eat. This was being bad to them (nevermind that you should give every kindergartner a sticker ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!). I talked to her and told her that she wasn't in trouble from me (I know she doesn't like to sit still. That's just her.) but that her teacher wants her to be more still and look at her more. Her soundless splashy tears was her joyous free spirit leaving her little body. Can they teach languages? Sure. However I think they forget the are teaching CHILDREN. My daughter dreads going back there. I'm taking her out of this shool before it kills her love of school and learning not to mention her spirit. Not for everyone. Listen to your child.
This is very unsafe school my son was lost and nobody knew about it until i went to pick him up. I was looking for him all by myself and the staff there did not care at all for him or for. Had to call the police for help. After my son was found i did not even get an apology . He is now in a safe school better than this one.
I like the school my son is in kinder garten there. the only thing i wish they will have school buses for the people that we live far from the school
My student has been attending GVA for 3 years and I keep thinking that it will get better organized but so far NOT. The lack of communication from the Admin really needs work. The teachers are GREAT! But I find that the left hand doesn t know what the right hand is doing. As for the language my child is able to speak read and write very well in Chinese. The teachers are willing to go the extra mile to help the students out. So for that I want to give an above average grade but in order to make it great we need to be organized.
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