GVAC Pathways Program to achieve the GVA Junior Seal of Biliteracy Award

Our families believe in the GVA mission:
Global Village Academy students will become fluent and literate in English and a second world language, excel academically in core content subjects and develop 21st-century skills, including cross-cultural understanding.
Global Village Academy is very excited to announce the GVA Pathways Award Program which recognizes students who have achieved biliteracy along with a Middle School Service and Participation Award.
The goal of our Pathways Award Program is to encourage students to continue their bilingual education and earn the Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma.
What is the Seal of Biliteracy?
In March of 2017, Colorado passed the Seal of Biliteracy bill. This bill authorizes a school district to grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy to a student who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language.
An endorsed high school diploma encourages students to pursue biliteracy skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions office. The Seal of Biliteracy is granted to a graduating high school student who attains proficiency or higher in one or more world languages in addition to attaining proficiency or higher in English.
Below is a list of schools and districts that offer the Seal of Biliteracy. To learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy and its requirements in high school, please click here.
GVA Pathways Award Program
The goal of our GVA Pathways Award Program is for our students to find success being immersed in their target language academically and beyond their classrooms.
It is important for students to be able to communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities
at home and around the world.
Therefore, learners need to use the language both within and beyond the classroom to interact and collaborate in their community and the globalized world.
Our awards program encourages our students to apply their language and cultural competence and understand the value of their own skills
while contributing to the community.
Junior GVA Seal of Biliteracy Award for 5th Grade Students
The GVA Junior Seal of Biliteracy Award is to encourage students in our dual language program on the path leading to bilingualism, biliteracy, and socio-cultural competence.
  • The award recognizes students for their hard work during their elementary years in our program.
  • It is awarded at the end of fifth or sixth grade.
Requirements & Apply for the Award
Questions about the GVA Pathways Program
Please reach out to our World Language Specialist, Laura Smallwood, if you have any questions at lsmallwood@gvaschools.org.