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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classroom instruction in Chinese is fantastic! Teachers are caring and kid-focused. My kindergartener can converse with teachers from other classrooms and has impressed numerous other native speakers in other venues. Math instruction is accelerated with 2-digit addition w/o carrying and single digit subtraction by January of kindergarten. Cannot disagree with the reports of chaos - the K-2 building is not designed to be a school and to encourage parental communication they allow parents in the building both before and after school so the negative is canceled by the positive in my book. The principal (also bilingual) is responsive when issues arise. Staff (some bi-lingual) are dedicated and truly want to be there. Parental participation in our classroom is very strong. The school has only been open 4 years and has probably grown a little faster than they should have, in hind sight. Our pediatrician was enthusiastic about my son's enrollment: second language instruction has research to support the positive impact on increased brain development. With the global economy we are watching birthed right now, who wouldn't want to prepare their child to be successful in it ??
I love love love this school, this is my first year in GVA, my daughter goes to Kindergarden French she already knows how to count to 1 -30 in french, she knows between 4 to 5 songs in french, she knows her abc's in french parts of the body and she is always trying to teach me french this is a great school, the staff is super friendly and helpful especially Cinthia at the front desk, Dennises' teacher is super involved with the kids and very sweet with them, I will DEFITNELY going to enroll my child in first grade the next year. About the issues that the school have let's remember that it is a charter school and does not have the same financial support as a public school, but I'm a witness that the school is working super hard in getting the financial support by raising money for the benfits of our children, also as a Room Parent I'm extremely sad with the lack of parental involvement, so let's face the situation the problem is not the school is the lack of parental involvement a lot of parents do not want to do their VOLUNTEERING HOURS always making excuses for not doing them. We have a wonderful gift for giving our children the opportunity to learn a new language for free.
To the parent who claims their child will have an edge over ours because she kept her kid in a mediocre Spanish immersion program...I've got news for you..My kid has been bilingual since birth...she was fluent before she ever hit the program. So don't be so quick to assume you know what you're talking about. We don't need our children to be in a Spanish immersion program to learn the language...because we're already bilingual and can educate them as we have since birth. And, there is at least one other public Spanish immersion program in the Denver area....do your research before you make such a claim. You can ask many other parents...the Spanish immersion program lacks substantially...just look at the high turnover of teachers. We're not the only ones that feel this way and it shows in the low enrollment numbers this year. It really is too bad...the school could be doing so much better, but it's not!
I am a parent at GVA and I am completely satisfied with all that they have to offer. My child loves his teacher and the staff is so helpful and friendly! Everyday when my son and I go to school they greet him by name. I disagree with the parent that said that the French and Spanish are like the "red-headed step child of the school." My son is in the Spanish program and he is learning the Spanish language quite well; I am impressed with the level of dedication that his teacher has for her students. I have volunteered in the classroom several times and the teachers are always talking in Spanish as well as encouraging the students to speak in Spanish. I also really enjoyed the Smart Board in the classroom, what a cool piece of technology!! I wish that we had those when I was in school. I agree that the traffic situation is not optimal but it is what it is and every school is just as bad. I've had to pick up my nephews at a public school in Parker and it took me 20 minutes to get through the line! It is ridiculous for parents to dwell on the negative when their child is getting language immersion which is not provided in any other schools in the Denver area.
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