Welcome Exchange Students!

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Sep 04, 2019

The Benedictine value of hospitality is showing at Villa Madonna Academy and in the homes of some its families. One dozen students and two teachers from Colegio Sagrada Familia in Granada, Spain are here for a cultural and language exchange. The group will be here for three weeks as part of Villa’s language immersion program.

In the spring, Villa students stayed in Granada with host families, and now, the students who hosted them are visiting Kentucky.  The students from Spain will spend time taking classes and interacting with their host students as well as other students on campus. They will also take an English class. In addition to brushing up their English skills, the Spanish students will get go to a Reds game, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory, and they’ll get to attend a school dance.

The language immersion program helps Villa students earn the Global Seal of Biliteracy. The Academy is the only school in Northern Kentucky to offer the biliteracy seal. This program recognizes those who have achieved literacy in English and a second language. Students who wish to earn it must take either the Advanced Placement test in Spanish or French or take the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) test. Villa is the only school in Northern Kentucky to have been approved for the Global Seal of Biliteracy.  Students are also able to participate in the Global Citizenship Certificate Program or GCCP. It recognizes students who have met certain criteria to expand their global perspectives. They learn about world issues, participate in global service programs, and learn to communicate with diverse groups of people. This program takes two to four years to complete and culminates with a certificate that recognizes the achievement of  a high level of global literacy. Both the Global Seal of Biliteracy and GCCP are part of Villa's efforts to prepare students for the global economy.

We welcome the visiting Spanish students and we look forward to a great learning experience!