We recognize, however, that the ripple effects of that impact quickly expand to encompass our students’ families, the local Atlanta community, and like-minded educators and organizations around the world.
GVP is pioneering a teaching and learning model for effective refugee education, and educators from around the world are eager to learn about our methods and results. We host educators from around the world, spoken and local and international conferences, and provide hands-on experience for future educators at local universities.
We see the most immediate shift in our students’ academic growth and school success, and the impact this has on their families goes beyond our school walls.
We learn about our learners’ academic needs through multiple and varied assessments such as EAME Math placement test for English Learners, WIDA placement tests for Academic English, Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessments, Lexia Core5 Reading assessments, Measures of Academic Progress tests in Math, Reading, and Science, new iReady online math assessments—adaptive assessments are crucial.
Surveys and interviews with parents and paid interpreters give us a more rounded understanding of our students’ needs. Regular and required Family Conferences are also critical components of our growth measurement progress.
On average, students gain 1.8 years of grade-level growth each year they are enrolled at GVP.*
All GVP parents and families attend annual Parent-Teacher conferences and are provided transportation and interpretation services.
The public school system in Georgia is under-resourced to meet the needs of our students, yet the incredible growth they accomplish at GVP proves that this type of intensive, individualized education is exactly what they need to succeed. On average, our students have a 96% class attendance rate.
GVP alumnae are not only achieving incredible success in high school and beyond, but are also empowering their families and local communities.
Ninety six per cent of alumni who were enrolled in our academic program for at least two years and then matched with a mentor have continued their formal education, compared to an estimated 75% dropout rate among refugee students.
More than 10 GVP alumnae have graduated from college, and 40 more are currently enrolled. This statistic stands in sharp contrast to the reality that only 3% of refugee students globally access tertiary education.
Over 80 alumnae and current students are participating in GVP’s Mentoring Program, mentored by people who are supporting their transitions to high school and college.
GVP plays an important role in engaging and educating the local community on the refugee experience and how to best support them.
Through developing a Cultural Orientation program, working with 120+ volunteers, and partnering with local organizations, universities, and businesses, we educate the public and advocate for refugees in our school and community. As a member organization of the Coalition of Refugee Serving Agencies (CRSA), we add our support to the larger refugee-serving community on issues relevant to the refugee population.