Columbus Global Academy at Brookhaven
School Improvement Summary
School Improvement Plan

At Columbus Global Academy 6 - 12, we are focused on the educational success of every child. Below you will find a link to our School Improvement Summary that lists strategies for improving student success and ways parents and the community can get involved in the process.

Columbus Global Academy 6 - 12 School Improvement Plan

 

Academics
Academic Brief

The Columbus Global Academy is a program for students in grades 6-12, designed to meet the needs of students from around the world who have recently arrived in the United States, many of whom have little or no literacy skills in English or in their native language. Global Academy students are generally at the Beginner Proficiency Level, as determined by the English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment Center.

The main focus of the ESL program is to facilitate student learning within five designated skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural enrichment. The Global Academy also offers a strong curriculum in core courses such as: mathematics, English language arts, reading, science, technology, and physical education. All teachers at CGA have received on-going specialized training in teaching English language learners. The Global Academy provides the support that English language learners (ELLs) need in order to meet grade level promotion and graduation requirements, while facilitating the acculturation process and familiarity with US society.

Countries represented at Columbus Global Academy include: Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen. The Columbus Global Academy staff represents a variety of cultures as well, which facilitates communication with parents and community members. In addition to English, which all staff members speak, other languages spoken include Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish and Swahili.



Academic Support

The staff at the Columbus Global Academy speaks many different languages, which facilitates communication with parents and community members. In addition to English, which all staff members speak, other languages spoken include Amharic, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Swahili.

Bilingual instructional assistants, representing the cultural diversity of the student population, work directly with students, assist teachers with classroom duties and responsibilities, and facilitate communication with families. The program also has several tutors that provide academic support for struggling students.

The Reading Intervention Center: provides pull-out support to identified below-grade-level readers. The support staff of the reading clinic work with students for 90-120 minutes per week on reading skills and help students increase their reading levels.

VCAP/PLATO: online credit recovery program. Students who need to recover credits may choose to sign up for the virtual program which allows them to complete necessary coursework online independently.

Linkage Coordinator: John Young is CGA's linkage coordinator. Mr. Young works with high school students to ensure they are on the right track for graduation and provides support to students using the VCAP online program.

LD Tutor: Alysha Mullins is CGA's LD tutor. Ms. Mullins provides support to students who are on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).



Curriculum

Students at the Global Academy receive ESL support in all content areas (math, science, social studies) as well as intensive language arts instruction. The level of instruction is adjusted to meet the needs of the students enrolled.

Instructional assistants, who are fluent in another language, assist teachers and work one-on-one and with small groups of students.An initial emphasis is placed on the development of social skills and familiarity with school routines.

Upon completion of introductory courses in English, math, science, and history, the following high school courses are available to students at the Global Academy: English literature 9 – 12, physical science, biology, chemistry, algebra I, geometry, algebra II, world studies, US studies, US government, physical education, health, computer literacy, art and music. Students will also have access to credit recovery and virtual high school courses.

Students may attend the Global Academy for grades 6-12 and receive all credits required for high school graduation!

Who can attend the Global Academy? Students who speak a language other than English as their first language; Students who are recent arrivals or immigrants in the US; Students arriving from a refugee camp or country torn apart by war or natural disaster; Students with little or no formal education; Students with little or no literacy in their native language; Students with high school transcripts from their home country who are over 18 and who can graduate before their 22nd birthday.



Homework Information

Read at least 20 minutes every day in addition to any homework. Practice math problems at home. Review notes given by teachers. Please contact teachers for additional homework information that applies to a particular class.

Students are strongly encouraged and reminded to practice reading every day for as long as possible.

Principal - Derick Vickroy
(614) 365-8472  |   4077 Karl Rd. Columbus, OH 43224
globalacademyhs@columbus.k12.oh.us
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