Our creative, flexible approach and emphasis on peace, justice, diversity, and sustainability set us apart from any other online school.
There is a misconception that homeschooling refers only to education that happens inside the home. The reality is that homeschooling at its best takes advantage of the world as our classroom, building on the desire to learn that is innate in human beings. Please take a few minutes to watch this trailer for "Class Dismissed: A Film About Learning Outside of the Classroom," where people eloquently explain the philosophy of education behind a progressive homeschooling approach - "We are never out of school, because we are never out of life!"
How do homeschooled students do academically?
* Report by Lawrence Rudner, statistician at the University of Maryland; published in the Education Policy Analysis Archives.
What about socialization?
"...Another aspect I think is important to address with new home schooled students is the confusion about socializing. I know that was one of my original concerns. Derek has many friends and has no problems meeting and making friends. With home schooling he no longer worries about superficial things like style and dress. He is relaxed and able to express his individuality without the concerns of judgment and teasing from others."
Joseph, K-8 parent, Oregon
Can students who have earned a Global Village School diploma get into colleges?
But is GVS accredited?
Just what is WASC and how does it evaluate GVS programs?
Schools go through a rigorous, months-long process of producing a comprehensive self-study (around 200 pages long for GVS!) about the educational philosophy, expected learning outcomes, assessment methods, and more along with data about demographics and achievement. A three person visiting committee from ACS WASC spends time meeting with teachers, students, parents, and the administrative office staff of a school, speaking with them about their experiences. The committee reviews the self-study and supporting documents, including student work samples, forms, policies & procedures, teacher and parent handbooks and so on. After the visit the committee submits a report and recommendation to the ACS WASC Commission, which makes the final determination whether to grant accreditation, and if so, what type. GVS received the highest level of accreditation that can be achieved.
WASC validates the "...integrity of school programs and transcripts worldwide for university acceptance." *
WASC accreditation means that the school K-12 programs meet "...the ACS WASC criteria for full accreditation and have a history and support system indicating a high-quality program that can be sustained into the foreseeable future." **
You can learn even more about what it means for a school to earn and maintain ACS WASC accredited status here.
*Source: ACS WASC, http://tinyurl.com/p6aw9pu
**Source: ACS WASC, https://tinyurl.com/y9rwneke
What if I only want to purchase K8 or high school curriculum?
Please remember that you cannot receive a GVS transcript or diploma without enrolling and working with one of our teachers.
How much do the K8 and high school enrollment programs cost?
Please see our K8 Program page or our High School Programs page.
Can I enroll my child in Pre-K?
What makes Global Village School unique?
We are like a "regular" school in some ways. We prepare our students for college and we have courses, teachers, diplomas, and transcripts. We are also unique in many ways:
- We emphasize peace, justice, diversity, and sustainability
- We offer both web and text-based courses
- We are creative and flexible.
- We customize curriculum based on student needs, interests, and learning styles.
- We acknowledge the value of life learning and grant credit for numerous activities.
- We actively value creativity and independent thinking.
- We strive to have our students leave school feeling confident in their abilities to make an impact on the world around them.
Global Village School provides students throughout the world with a high-quality education that promotes peace, understanding, and respect. It is an education that supports students in truly being themselves, encourages them to follow their dreams, and helps them to become wise and capable stewards of the planet and each other. We work to nurture and protect the passion and enthusiasm for creating a better world that comes naturally to so many young people.
We believe that everyone has the right to receive an education in a safe, supportive environment. Accordingly, we provide a healing and empowering international learning community. In our view, knowledge and understanding are the keys to a true global community—one in which people celebrate differences rather than being defined or divided by them.
Where can I find reviews of your program?
How can I help support Global Village School's vision?
Please remember to select "Global Village School" in the drop-down menu.
Check out our support page for other ways to contribute to the growth of progressive, social justice oriented, personalized education.
Learn more about Global Village School's accredited distance learning program
We hope you enjoy exploring the wealth of information we've shared about the Global Village School homeschooling program.
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Celebrating Diversity: We believe that every student has the right to receive an education in a safe, supportive environment. We welcome people regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, sex, gender, or disability. We celebrate the richness and diversity of our world and invite you to do the same.
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