Galileo Academy is a small, parent-choice elementary school that started off as Charter 101 Elementary School back in 1996. It was situated in the Wimbledon Village Center. It was then relocated across the street on Silica Dr., right next to Lomitas Elementary School in 2001. In September 2005, it was formally announced that Charter 101 will join the Victor Elementary School District as Galileo Academy.
Galileo Academy has three main focuses: a Highly Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program (grades three through six), an independent study program (grades kindergarten through six), and a bilingual program (grades one through three).
A California Distinguished School
Galileo Academy has been recognized as a California Distinguished School. California Distinguished School is an award given by the California State Board of Education to public schools within the state that best represent exemplary and quality educational programs. Approximately five percent of California schools are awarded this honor each year following a rigorous selection process. Eligibility is based on federal and state criteria including the No Child Left Behind program, Academic Performance Index (API), and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).Thank you and a big congratulations to all the staff, parents and students that made this possible!
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Highly Gifted and Talented
The GATE program offers a specialized program to identified gifted and talented students, designed to enrich and enhance their identified abilities. Galileo Academy's GATE program has a very diverse ethnic composition that reflects that of the entire district. Every Spring, we begin testing interested students who are currently in second through fifth grade. The identification criteria consists of the CoGAT 6, state test scores, Teacher Indicator of Potential, and a Parent Survey.
Students who qualify for the GATE program here at Galileo Academy will receive instruction and facilitation based on depth, acceleration, novelty, and complexity. Their instruction will result in activities in which they apply their knowledge to real-life projects. During the 2005-2006 school year, our GATE students not only worked on science fair projects and Young Authors, they also designed their own playground, as well as create individual and group community service projects.
Students are enrolled from throughout the Victor Elementary School District area. Buses will be available within the Victor Elementary School District boundaries.
The independent study program is an optional education alternative to the more traditional school programs. It is a wonderful program for the family who chooses to teach their child(ren) at home. Currently, we have many families who do a wonderful job of instructing their children in the different subject areas. Galileo Academy offers an independent study program that will support home-schooling families with textbooks, lesson plans, and strategies. At least one facilitator meeting (frequency may change with student needs) is required to ensure student mastery of the curriculum. Our indepedent study students also have the option to attend a two-day program and attend electives with the GATE students.
*Independent study is not for everyone. The parent(s)/guardian(s) take on the role of the educator at home, instructing the lessons, while the Galileo Academy staff members serve as facilitators.
During the 2007-2008 school year, Galileo Academy added the Bilingual program to the school. This program consists of two classrooms and began with grades first through third. These students will need to start with a good foundation in either English or Spanish. In a bilingual education classroom, Spanish instruction is used with ELLs for literacy development with a structured English as a Second Language (ESL) component to develop English language skills. Spanish as a Second Language (SSL), is used with Spanish Language Learners (SSLs) to develop Spanish language skills while English is used for literacy development.
Bilingual education classrooms provide bilingual instruction in Spanish and English through a supportive and culturally relevant environment. The intent is to increase the opportunities for academic success for all English Language Learners (ELLs), as well as for Spanish Language Learners (SLLs). The California State Standards will be taught fifty percent of the time in English and fifty percent of the time in Spanish.
This program will also benefit the school's other two programs. During the normal elective time in the afternoons, the school will be incorporating Afternoon Bilingual Collaboration (ABC); the majority of the school's electives will be taught in English and Spanish. ABC will take the students further into the second language.
The VESD Vision
To prepare students to be able to select from a variety of career opportunities and to be successfull in the world of work.
The VESD Mission
All students will be at or above grade level in reading, writing and mathematics as measured by results on state exams
The VESD Motto
Learning for All... Whatever It Takes!