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555 W. 112th Avenue
Northglenn, CO 80234

(303) 446-7100
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March 08, 2015
Learning a secondary language in "today's" world is imperative to ones future success! GVA Northglenn is one such school that places high expectations and standards on ALL academic areas. GVA-N Administration and teachers are always concerned with student safety, performance, and academic growth! There will always be complaints at every school, the question is, how do the complaints get addressed? At GVA-N, they are continually addressed!

- submitted by a teacher

March 04, 2015
GVA is a great school that has many struggles but are doing their best to meet these challenges. GVA has continued to outperform the state and the district with assessments. It is clear that the teachers at the school are dedicated to the academic success of the students. I know personally that the teachers/principal/dean care for my child and do their best to make school a safe place for my child. I have continued to hear parents complain about the school but many of the areas of complaints are the same as any other school. Every school in the district is going to have to deal with "bullying", lack of resources, and funding issues. I am guessing these parents would struggle to find a school that doesn't also have these same challenges. Overall, I would recommend this school to a parent considering having their child enrolled in an immersion program.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2015
You might notice very different ratings for this school. This is dependent in part on whether the students are in a lower grade or not. Lower grade students will show wonderful growth in language. The older students are expected to be proficient in more complex subjects and if they are not fluent enough in the secondary language they will continue to fall behind. The subject challenges for the youngest are not as demanding so language fluency is not as much of an issue. The youngest can get along without much a playground but the oldest will be very disappointment. The oldest will also have to contend with all the testing and the New Tech Network curriculum that is sub par. Parents of older students will also notice behavioral issues due to circumstances that the youngest students will not have to contend with. The board of director and budget issues become more impactful for families with older students. Older students prefer more activity and in school community that is not possible due to the facility and costs. Differentiating in the classroom is not their strength despite their assurances. Certainly this is true for the more advanced students.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2015
A first year Dean, a rude incompetent principal and several teachers who are not certified make for a disastrous experience at school. I spent 3 weeks inside my son's classroom and saw nothing but chaos. I was told all of the kindergarten classes in the Spanish village are "rough". There was no consistency when it came to teachers and admin staff, they did not commute together. It's nice to now be in a real school with windows, a playground, and a substantial library! Not too mention knowledgeable and helpful staff.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2015
This school no longer has 327 students in the building. They now have 827 students and will add about another 180 next fall 2015. The drop off pick up is starting to go from nuts to dangerouse, the collaborative board (GVCC) is not really helping to find a building and the students to a safer and friendlier learning environment! Hope GVCC since they have money come in from 4 schools this year and a 5th school in the fall sure hope the help Noryhglenn the ca$h cow find a more suitable building to educate students very quickly! Safety with the building is a huge concern for many!

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2014
I am curious where other parents are getting the 'the test scores are high because the kids come from different schools' part. My child has been going to GVAN since it opened, starting with the 3rd grade. They were so far ahead of him after coming from another 'good' elementary school (with excellent grades there) that he required tutoring just to catch up. I may have a different view of this school because my child started older however. His class consists of 17 students, and they've had 2 new kids in now his 3rd year at the school. There were some issues with his teachers leaving last year, and one who didn't give homework. When I contacted the principle she called me back within hours to address my concerns and kept us very up to date with a bullying situation that was happening in the classroom - explicitly laying out the steps they were taking to address the situation. It wasn't solved overnight, but it did get much better quickly. Overall I've been very happy with the school, though I agree that the traffic patterns in the morning/evening are completely out of control. That is the one major issue I would like to see addressed.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2014
Reading the reviews posted it is easy to know which parent has written them. I would like to say that many affirmations made in there posts are assumptions and not based on facts. It hurts my feelings that a parent has stated that our test results were so good the first year because the students came from other schools where they already taught them the concepts. At GVA, we suffered enourmously the first year because our Math curriculum is very high compared with any other curriculum taught in the US. The students in 3rd grade barely knew how to compute or solve problems. The 3rd and 4th grade team gather together twice a week to plan and find solutions to the problem. We worked so hard to teach those students basic Math, and later we could teach them Singapore Math, And when the results came we were proud of our work. And all of it was taught in another language! Isn't that amazing? Please, make sure you have been in the school enough time to critize and condem our work, We are teachers who work extremely hard to teach the core subjects in another language, and the results show it.

- submitted by a teacher

May 28, 2014
I had high hopes for this school but it is a very poor run charter school. From the outside it seems somewhat okay but the more you learn about the school the more concerned you become. The school is very mismanaged and is highly controlled by GVCC. All decisions are directed or highly influenced by the CEO and GVCC. Board members at GVCC and GVA schools are hand selected by a small group. Information to board members is very controlled and filtered. Staff are promoted or hired for positions they are not qualified to do. Expanding rapidly is GVCC's primary concern not educating children. Everything that could be bad at a charter school is found at this school. The school is greatly lacking basic supplies-such as paper and books. Students are offered very few specials (3 times a week for 30 min). Lunch/recess is only 30 minutes and students barely have time to eat. Some classes are given an additional recess if the teacher chooses. Safety and bullying are huge problems at this school and very little to nothing is done about it. Candy and taking away recess are often used for rewards/punishments. Sadly, this is the only school offering language immersion in Adams 12.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2014
The school is fairly new (3 years old) but it is great place for anybody who wishes to raise their child(ren) bilingual. The teachers are excellent: they teach the students not only languages but also culture of their respective foreign country. The new principal is outstanding, very responsive, knowledgeable and caring. As most charter schools, GVA-N encourages parent involvement and provides plenty of volunteer opportunities. So, quiet honestly, to all the less then perfect reviews of this school out there - start being a part of the solution: get in your child's classroom, start volunteering, get to know your teacher and your child's classmates and you will have no reasons to complain!

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2014
I just want to be a voice that confirms everything said by the other posters. In fact, my child is in that Chinese class.There is a child who needs to be removed. Period. Poor leadership and policies are causing a serious bullying problem. They have a discipline coordinator who employs a program of rewarding the problem students (when they do well, like bribing). It doesn't work. I am familiar with the research and rationale but this child is a special case. They need to suspend children who cannot follow basic rules. This sends a message to the parent to get involved- or risk expulsion. Be effective (Now. Please.). On the other hand, my child, who lives a charmed life, is getting priceless exposure to some very difficult people and worldviews. We have religious fanatics, hyper military- types, the poorest poor AND the most affluent. He/she should come out of this tougher, brighter, faster, wittier, and with more overall skills; success skills like "grit" and determination. Oh, and he/she is fluent in Chinese. We just study at home to compensate for the lost class time. I cannot praise the teachers enough. Thank you for being amazing despite difficult circumstances.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2014
We've been at this school since it opened up. My first son is now in second grade and my second son is a kindergartner. My daughter will be going there next year too. I really like this school. If you are looking to enroll your child, you have to be prepared for LOTS of homework. The only thing I don't like is pick up time. It's so congested that if you don't get there 15 mins early, you won't get into the parking lot till 3:15. That's the only thing that sucks.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2014
Global village academy is a disaster! The concept of learning a foreign language was appealing to us but I soon found out its not only ineffective but takes away from the essential subjects. No art class. No music. Gym twice a week. Corporate sponsors line the playground with adds. They misappropriate funds. 90% of the teachers are only there because of their ability to speak a foreign language. In the meantime english, math, and science suffer. Inconsistencies with everything. They boast a no bullying policy but every time you report your kid is treated as the snitch. Just observing an average recess is telling. Rough play is an understatement. Infact a kid cracked his head open (literally) this year. The staff is apathetic and personally uninvolved. Dont put your kid in any charter school. They are driven by corperate funds. Its a buisness not a school. A poorly functioning buisness to boot. There budget is always in the red. On a personal note they traumatized my kindergardener by removing her teacher during Xmas break last year. There were crying 5 year olds and my kid is now afraid to bond with her teacher. What a joke this place is.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2014
Bullying is,out of control at GVA-N. My child is constantly being picked on by peers. Inappropriate comments from classmates in immersion classes remains unaddressed by language teacher. Students verbally attack each other by snide comments if a fellow peer is not grasping the language as quickly. Chinese teachers allow the attacks and themselves, shame the children for not studying enough. 2.5 hrs a night is enough for a 9 yr old! Chinese teachers expectations are that of their upbringing in communistsic rule. My child has lost his confidence, and is psychologically beaten down. The principals response is that they are working to help Mandarin teachers acclimate to teaching etiquette of U.S. "Americans are fat and lazy" is what one Chinese teacher told my child's class, among other derogatory remarks. The school has no money yet continues to expand. Pick up and drop off are insanely dangerous as the parking lot does not accommodate the masses of vehicles and traffic flow in and out of property is utterly ridiculous! Next year will be a nightmare! Immersion schools are great if run responsibly, but not at this overcrowded Goodwill drop off equipped school. Lunches are lousy too.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2014
Like others we had high hopes for this school. There is a complete lack of discipline though and bullies are NOT dealt with. Having been at this school since it opened three years ago we've had to endure more than our share of dealings with other children that think bad behavior (sometimes physical) is ok. Apparently the staff shares this view. High turnover is a big problem as well. The current administration, brand new this year, informed us that none of our child's teachers documented any of the bad behavior I described above. I think this is telling enough. We are currently looking for a new school for our child.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2013
We had high hopes for this school and enrolled our child as a kindergartner the year it opened. Unfortunately, the school is only growing more chaotic. Here is a list of some of the reasons we are not returning and why we would not recommend GVA: The school s budget is always in the red; The class sizes are over 30 kids per class in kindergarten - and they can t afford a para; The front office staff won t look-up and greet people who walk-in (security?); The new principal is completely overwhelmed and unresponsive to parents concerns. The building is almost to capacity with no discussions about how to accommodate more students; The drop-off/pick-up is dangerous; The teachers may speak another language but lack good classroom management skills; The test scores posted on greatschools.org for the Northglenn campus do not accurately reflect GVA-N because students in the higher grades started their education at different schools before GVA-N opened. Before choosing GVA-N, checkout the test scores of their first charter school in Aurora - terrible.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2013
My twins are in 2nd grade and they are developing complex thinking skills. Two languages at once since kindergarten is what I attribute what I consider to be a valuable skill now and in the future.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2013
My nephews going to GVA-N. School has great programs. Teachers really doing great job at teaching kids not only math, reading and second language but also concentrating on a hand writing which is important as well.

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 2013
Any school is going to teach your child basic educational knowledge, but if you want to really give yourself a gift that they can't get anywhere else, think about immersing them in a second language at a school where they will feel welcomed and included. Since it is a new charter school they have limited space and playground still, but those things are working themselves out. I am confident this is the right choice for our Russian speaking daughter!

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2013
I just pulled my child out of there... I wasn't happy with my daughter's teacher. I wasn't happy with the new principal's response to my unhappiness with her teacher. The principal's response consisted of originally not responding to the voicemail that I left for her, then not showing up for the meeting I scheduled with her, and then after I was pawned off on someone else when she no-showed, never responding to the issues I was having. Some of the teachers there are fantastic and really do seem to care, but the principal leaves a lot to be desired... hence my daughter is going to a new school.

- submitted by a parent

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Global Village Academy
555 W. 112th Avenue, Northglenn, CO  80234
(303) 446-7100
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