Colorado Immersion charter school is a moving target
About Global Village Academy
• It is a tuition-free, language-immersion charter school that teaches French, Mandarin and Spanish.
• 149 students are enrolled in grades K-4. Intent is to expand each year by one grade, ending at K-8.
• Students still may enroll for the current year. Those who are interested in learning more about the school may attend informational sessions at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 at Dayspring Christian Church, 8005 Highland Meadows Pkwy.
• Information: (720) 883-6739 orhttp://bit.ly/globalvillagea.
• Click this article at Coloradoan.com to watch a video of the classroom breakdown and see more photos of classroom activities.
It’s what Principal Russ Spicer calls “The Great American Breakdown.”
Sometimes it’s a group, and other times just a couple of people. But several times a week, volunteers transform 10 rooms within Dayspring Christian Church into classrooms, only to revert them into rooms for parishioners hours later.
“It’s not ideal,” Spicer said, but it’s what the new, state-approved language-immersion charter school has to work with until it finds a permanent home in Fort Collins.
Three weeks before Global Village planned to open this fall, the city’s planning and zoning board said no to a proposed school site off East Mulberry Street that was in a flood fringe. So Spicer went to leaders at his church, Dayspring, and “they saved us,” allowing the school to temporarily share its space.
On Wednesday morning, the exterior of the church looked like any church might. Once inside, among chattering students, an educational flair was clear.
Students wearing shirts emblazoned with the school’s logo danced and sang in French, Mandarin and Spanish — the three languages taught by 12 Global Village Academy teachers hailing from various countries. Some classrooms sported the reds and golds of Chinese culture, others were decorated with posters bearing letters and words the students will learn in their chosen language.
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