Applications for World Language Academies
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Applications for the summer 2021 Governor's World Language Academies are now available.
Please review the Guide for Students and Parents/Guardians-This is a Word document. or the Guide for Schools-This is a Word document. as appropriate before beginning the process. Students must submit completed applications by January 25, 2021 and complete the online testing by January 29, 2021. Schools divisions must complete data entry and verification no later than January 29, 2021.
New for the 2021 Academies:
- Student applications will be submitted online using the Survey Monkey Apply portal.
- Test code requests will be submitted online using Survey Monkey.
- Reduced number of field entries in SSWS data entry
- PLACE test added for applicants to the Japanese Academy (see note in Online Testing section below).
Student Applications and Administrative Guides - 2021
All applications must be submitted by January 25, 2021.
Please review these guides before beginning the application process.
- Guide for Students and Parents/Guardians-This is a Word document. – answers many frequently asked questions about the World Language Academies.
- Guide for Schools-This is a Word document. – The process for submitting applications and student data for nominees to the Governor's World Language Academies includes direct entry of student data into a secure website. This procedure allows more time for students and schools to prepare the applications, increased accuracy in student data, and a faster application review process.
- Schools may choose to use this Data Entry Cover Sheet-This is a Word document. to submit names of nominees to the local school division or central office program coordinator.
- Applications for any of the five Governor’s World Language Academies may be accessed and submitted online via Survey Monkey Apply.
- Online Student Application Portal
- Notes: The student applications do not contain the online testing access codes. The school must order these codes by January 8, 2021.
- Visit Survey Monkey Apply Help: How to Ensure Emails from Survey Monkey for helpful tips to ensure that you will receive emails from the Survey Monkey Apply system.
Student Nominations and Eligibility
Students must be nominated by a public high school from a Virginia public school division or a private school accredited by one of the approved accrediting constituent members of the Virginia Council for Private Education. Home-school students may apply through the public school they are eligible to attend tuition free. A state selection process will determine who is accepted to participate.
Each secondary school may nominate one student for each of the French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish Academies; those high schools with enrollments in grades 10, 11, and 12 above 750 may nominate two students for each of the above mentioned academies.
All nominees must meet the eligibility requirements below. Eligible students:
- must be juniors or mature sophomores during the current school year, 2020-2021;
- must not have graduated before the opening of the academy;
- must be eligible to attend public school in Virginia tuition-free (i.e., be residents of Virginia);
- must be nominated by a public high school from a Virginia public school division or by a private school accredited by one of the approved accrediting constituent members of the Virginia Council for Private Education;
- may apply to only one Governor's summer residential program or world language academy per year;
- may attend only one Governor's summer residential program or world language academy during their high school career; and
- must be genuinely interested in attending the World Language Academies and have the stamina, emotional maturity, stability, and self-discipline to live away from home for an extended period.
Students of the French, German, and Spanish Academies must meet the additional criteria below. Eligible students:
- must have completed at least level three of the language prior to the beginning of the academy;
- must have developed good proficiency in using this language; and
- must be willing to use the target language for all social and academic interactions.
Students applying to the Latin Academy must have completed at least level two of the language prior to the beginning of the academy.
Students applying to the Japanese Academy must have completed at least level two of ANY language prior to the beginning of the academy, but are not required to have previously studied Japanese. Students currently studying Japanese are also encouraged to apply.
Online Testing and Proctor Information - 2021
Nominees to French, German, Spanish, and Latin Academies must complete an online language assessment. Order test codes only for students who have completed the application packet and whom the school will nominate. Nominees to the Japanese Academy who have experience in the language should also take the Japanese PLACE test. Language testing must be completed and submitted no later than January 29, 2021.
Test Preparation: Avant PLACE for French, German, Japanese*, and Spanish
- Sample Test: French, German, Japanese, and Spanish
- Test Taker and Technology Guide
- Technology Requirements and Setup Guide
- Headset Guide
- Remote Proctoring Resources
- User Guides
*Applicants to the Japanese Academy who have any experience in learning Japanese should take the Japanese PLACE test to determine class placement if accepted. Test results for Japanese will only be used to determine class composition and will not be counted in the application scoring. Applicants to the Japanese Academy with no prior experience in Japanese should not take the PLACE test and will automatically go into the beginner course if accepted.
Test Preparation: ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA)
- Sample Test: Latin-This is a PDF document.
- Proctor Instructions: Latin-This is a PDF document.
- ALIRA Systems Compatibility Check
- ALIRA Customer Support Manual-This is a PDF document.
Staff Applications - 2021
Language administrators, educators, teachers, and college students interested in a position at the 2021 Academies are encouraged to apply. Most of the faculty members at the Governor's World Language Academies are Virginia public secondary school teachers, private school teachers, or college professors. Also, up to six young people per academy assist faculty and monitor dormitory behavior. These resident advisors are native speakers, college majors, or former Academy students.
Language teachers from across the state are also encouraged to apply to visit the academy of their language as a teacher observer. Seeing the staff and students in action and taking an active role in some activities has proven highly successful as a leadership and professional development experience.
Submit applications for the following positions through the Survey Monkey Apply Staff Application Portal.
- Director Application - review will begin after November 30, 2020
- Teacher Application - review will begin after January 30, 2021
- Resident Assistant Application - review will begin after January 30, 2021
- Teacher Observer - Request must be submitted by May 15, 2021
Faculty and Staff
Most faculty members are Virginia public secondary school teachers, approximately three to five per academy. Private school teachers or college professors may also be a part of the faculty. Also, approximately three to six young people per academy who are native speakers, college majors, or former students assist faculty and monitor dormitory behavior.
Language teachers from across the state are allowed to visit the academy of their language to observe and learn from the experience. This teacher observer program has proven highly successful as a leadership and staff development experience.
Public School Division Superintendents or Private School Headmasters must submit the online Verification Report with the names of students nominated by their school divisions or private schools by Friday, January 29, 2021.
Public school divisions and private schools will create the Verification Report online through a secure website. Schools will enter student data directly to this website. The Verification Report will generate automatically and an email notification will be sent to the superintendent or headmaster when the local designee completes data entry. Please refer to the Guide for Schools-This is a Word document. for details.