iv. Teaching Methodology

Our teaching methods and structural process of educating students is one of the most innovative and respected in the nation.


Silicon Valley Academy proudly implements Project GLAD® as its official program model. The GLAD program model at SVA has been declared by the US Department of Education as a model of ‘Academic Excellence’.

Simply put, G.L.A.D. is our research based teaching method and unique approach for child development. Guided Language Acquisition Design, GLAD, provides the organizational structure for an integrated approach to learning. It is an instructional model that is firmly rooted in language acquisition and brain development research and has been field tested for over 30 years. The strategies promote positive, effective interactions among students and between teachers and students.

GLAD is a California Department of Education Exemplary Program and model reform program for the California School Reform Design. In spirit of giving back to the community at large, SVA staff has trained teachers in the GLAD Model for public school districts nationally and throughout the Bay Area including- Santa Clara Unified, Sunnyvale School District, SJUSD, and FMSD.

Our GLAD program is designed to provide students with an organizational structure, integrated thematic subjects, and a balanced approach toward learning. Our teaching strategies empower learning and provide hands-on activities, encourage creative thinking for all level students. Our extra-curricular activities work on developing and strengthening both fine and gross motor skills to balance the child’s love for learning while in a stimulating environment. Our GLAD program teaches the “can do” approach which helps children advance in their learning. Our classrooms are structured around participation, group sharing, and cooperative activities to build leadership skills for independent and lifelong learning for each child.

For more information regarding the Project GLAD teaching model and Be GLAD trainings, please go to www.begladtraining.com.

SVA is the only Islamic school using the GLAD Project. The award-winning Project GLAD model is based on the extensive research-base of brain research and effective literacy practices for all learners. GLAD is a standards-based instructional model that promotes high levels of academic language and achievement for students at all levels.

Multi-level Classrooms:

We offer multi-leveled classes in elementary and middle school. When a student enrolls in kindergarten, he enters a KG/1st grade multi-leveled classroom where he will spend the next two years covering materials from both grade levels. A two year unit rotation guarantees that students do not repeat the same material covered the previous year. We, at SVA, believe that there are great benefits to multi-leveled classes. When teachers plan their two year unit rotation, they plan their lessons based on teaching to the highest students and scaffolding to the lowest in order to meet all academic needs. Moreover, research shows that younger children gain self-confidence and maturity by being exposed to older students, while older students learn to be positive, mature role models for the younger students.

Our Awards:

SVA’s teaching model has been given the honor of “Academic Excellence” by the United States Department of Education, the highest award given to any public or private school because of the effective use of the GLAD Project.

It is one of the highest honors that can be given to a school. SVA works directly with the U.S. Department of Education, not WASC a private organization, to make sure schools fulfill the requirements mandated. In addition, our program model is recognized as an 'Exemplary Program' declared by the California Department of Education.

Our professional development model has earned high recognition from many states, universities, and experts in the field. Our most notable award, “Program of Academic Excellence,” comes from the U.S. Department of Education.

SVA’s teaching model has been given the honor of “Academic Excellence” by the United States Department of Education, the highest award given to any public or private school because of the effective use of the GLAD Project.

Project of Academic Excellence
U.S. Department of Education, OBEMLA

Additional awards earned by the program model:

Exemplary Program
California Department of Education

Title I Achieving Schools Awards
National Title I Association

Model Reform Program
California School Reform Design

National Dissemination Model
Of Effective Training for Teachers in multilingual settings