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About This School

Napa Valley Language Academy is a charter elementary school in Napa. The principal of Napa Valley Language Academy is Deborah Wallace, whose e-mail is dwallace@nvusd.k12.ca.us. 688 students attend Napa Valley Language Academy and identify mostly as Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 39% of the Napa Valley Language Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 52% of the 688 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Napa Valley Language Academy is 17:1. First Christain School of Napa is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 72% 44%
Multiracial 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 24% 36%
Unspecified 13% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 2%
Asian 0.3% 2%
Filipino 0.2% 5%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 18056%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.8%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 38%
Limited English proficiency 39% 22%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We love NVLA. Our daughter is learning in 2 languages. Despite budget cuts NVLA has been able to keep class sizes down which is so important. The school's diversity reflects the larger Napa community which so many charters and neighborhood schools do not. Parents even those without English language help out. The students learn violin and gardening in addition to the regular subjects. The school also offers after school enrichment classes at no charge.

  • (3 years ago)

    I made the wrong decision to enroll my child there. THought it was the ideal school. WRONG! It is very elitist and regimented. My child's teacher obviously was prejudiced towards same sex couples and single parents. His former NVLA teacher also humiliated children for being kids. My child is now thriving at our neighborhood school where his teacher embraces tolerance for all and creativity. Also did not like the fact that there are very few African American families at NVLA. Heard that an immersion program in Vallejo will open in 2011. That looks more promising than the elitist program at NVLA. The lottery needs to be investigated. Rich families somehow get their kids jumped ahead of the waiting list and they are treated better by the staff. Sad that the public has to fund a public charter school that carters to families who can afford private schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    NVLA's motto is 'Two Languages One Heart'. That sums it up. The teachers parents students and the entire NVLA staff have heart. In addition the curriculum is challenging the music department is amazing and the free after-school activities are fun!

  • (9 years ago)

    A great school with a unique mission. The faculty and administration are outstanding and parent involvement is high. We're very pleased our children attend the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    The NVLA program is unique opportunity for your child. Your child will become proficient in two languages within the context of state-standards in reading math and science. The Guided Language Aquisition Development model insures that your child learns through seven different intelligences--all teachers receive this training. NVLA's immersion model was based on the 90-10 developed by Canadian schools in order for students to become bilingual and biliterate in two languages (French & English). My children will have easy road to college as well--as you know most colleges require two years of a foreign language. In fact they should be able to CLEP them before entering. I also know that your children will have more opportunities in a number of areas Friends and understanding cultural differences jobs in Napa Valley many jobs require billigual applicants travel your experiences will be enriched dramatically global & cultural persectives.

  • (9 years ago)

    As the parent of a child in kindergarten I can not express how thrilled we are with our choice of school. The exposure to a second language and culture has already opened up the hearts and minds of our family. The enhanced brain developent that we know will follow is a bonus! This is a school that certainly has struggled with 'test scores' however they have a strong plan of action in place and have made progress each year! We consider ourselves very fortunate to be a part of the school community.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have had a wonderful learing experience at NVLA. This is my sons' second year and he enjoys his teachers and classmates. I had reservations at first being a dual-immersion school he is taught primarily in spanish. But he has excelled in his class enjoying both the curriculum and the staff. I am very happy we chose this school for my son and I intend to send my younger son to NVLA next Fall.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have a third grader and a Kindergartner at NVLA and am convinced that I made the right choice for my children. NVLA doesn't just cover the regular curriculum but does it in two languages (Spanish/English). Don't let the low test scores scare you my third grader reads on a sixth grade level in both languages and gets very high scores! Being bilingual will give my kids the advantage they need in our days!

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