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<a href="http://www.globalvillageschool.org/k8-curriculum.html" target="_blank">http://www.globalvillageschool.org/k8-curriculum.html</a><br>
It is a cyberschool and I'm 90% sure we're going to give it's 5th grade curriculum a try this year, but I'm so nervous I'm reluctant to jump. Part of what makes me nervous is that I can't actually determine what the program will cost me because the cost posted online doesn't include the books and I can't get the list of books to buy until I buy the program(I guess if you had their detailed resource list you wouldn't need to buy the actual curriculum) Anyway just hearing from someone who has tried them and liked them is probably all I need to get that confidence(I guess a negative review might push me the other direction also).
 

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It is a cyberschool and I'm 90% sure we're going to give it's 5th grade curriculum a try this year, but I'm so nervous I'm reluctant to jump. Part of what makes me nervous is that I can't actually determine what the program will cost me because the cost posted online doesn't include the books and I can't get the list of books to buy until I buy the program(I guess if you had their detailed resource list you wouldn't need to buy the actual curriculum) Anyway just hearing from someone who has tried them and liked them is probably all I need to get that confidence(I guess a negative review might push me the other direction also).</div>
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nak - there have been a couple of threads asking the same thing (plus another one I saw on a different board) and the consensus...uh...silence seems to indicate that no one has used it. The <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1213985&highlight=global+village+school" target="_blank">biggest thread was over here</a>. If my memory serves me correctly, someone talked about contacting GVS for references, but I don't know that they've heard anything since.<br><br>
ETA: From everything I've read on their website I'm wondering if they've mostly done high school curriculum in the past and the K-8 stuff is new? That's about the only explanation I can think of that would explain what seems like their obscurity at this point.
 

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I haven't tried them and only looked at the high school options, since that is where we are at now. While some of their courses and their approach looked interesting, they just don't offer much in the way of math, science, or foreign language. It just doesn't look in depth enough to interest us. Their K-8 program may be better, but I would be worried that it is similarly 'light'.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I haven't tried them and only looked at the high school options, since that is where we are at now. While some of their courses and their approach looked interesting, they just don't offer much in the way of math, science, or foreign language. It just doesn't look in depth enough to interest us. Their K-8 program may be better, but I would be worried that it is similarly 'light'.</div>
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From what I could tell of the sample they give online it looks to me like their "curriculum" is really more of a spine and then they suggest other resources for specific subject areas. Somewhat like AO by using stories, but not...if that makes any sense.
 

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<p>I have found Global Village School to be actively hostile to nonh-custodial (read "male") parents. They have a policy that they will NOT talk to a "non-custodial parent" on the phone, and will NOT communicate with them except in writing. When I questioned that policy, I received the following reply from Tanya MacGumerait, Assistant Director of Global Village School: </p>
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<p>"When courts are involved, we need to have a clear record of all conversations so that there can be no "he said, she said," and everyone has a reliable record to check their memories against. I am sorry that our policy is difficult for you to accept, but we are going to continue conducting conversations with you in writing only."</p>
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<p>I do not know why they feel they have to design their policies around the court, unless they have an unusual problem with legal disputes. To me, it just raises more questions. </p>
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<p>I followed links to news sources recommended by GVS, and was surprised to see the following line supposedly celebrating the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong included in the headlings: </p>
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<p>"The Eagle has landed. Jesus H. Christ, Houston. We're on the f---ing moon."</p>
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<p>I asked Ms. MacGumerait whether that news source is intended for students to read. She responded with bureaucratic gibberish and legal mumbo-jumbo and tried to distance herself from </p>
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<p>"Links from these external web sites are provided as a service to visitors and do not constitute an endorsement by Global Village School." </p>
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<p>We are accredited by the National Association for the Legal Support of  Alternative Schools."</p>
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<p>I checked out that accrediting association, and they are nothing but a consumer based agency with no interest and NO REGULATION of curriculum. </p>
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<p>Does GV teach math, reading, and science? Or just whale-hugging and Republican-bashing? I honestly cannot tell at this point. My last reply from Ms. MacGumerait was basically a kiss-off that said they refuse to give me any other information. She wrote:  </p>
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<p>"I can and will answer questions directly related to [your daughter's] enrollment. [Your daughter's teacher Sally Carless can and will answer questions directly related to [your daughter's] schoolwork. These are the two things that can and will be discussed."</p>
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<p>That sounds to me an awful lot like "I'm not talking to you without my lawyer." </p>
 

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I see that these posts began many years ago, and continued to 2012. It concerns me that this school continues to have the same issues (my opinion). I have had recent interaction with this school as a teacher and I was very disappointed. They have some good things going for them, but my experience was that their description on their website did not match the way students, parents, teachers are treated. Unfortunately for all in my opinion. I wish they had leadership that was open to listening and learning so that they could provide a better, more receptive environment. I had high hopes for them so it was so sad to have an experience very much to the contrary.
 
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