FLAG Italian Dual Language Immersion Program

  • The Glendale Unified School District extends their deepest gratitude to Fondazione Italia for their generous grant to the Italian program at Franklin Magnet School, Toll Middle School, and Hoover High School. Through their financial support, the district is able to fund teaching assistants who are native speakers of Italian in the elementary program and help supplement the funding for the secondary Italian teacher as the program grows. Their contribution is instrumental to the success of the Italian program throughout the district, and GUSD is thankful for their ongoing partnership. 


    FLAG Italian


    The FLAG Italian program began at Franklin Elementary School in 2009. Italian was the third of four languages added to the International Foreign Language Academy Magnet program at Franklin. The program focuses on high levels of language proficiency in English and Italian.


    FLAG Italian Program Pathway

    FLAG Italian Pathway


    Elementary FLAG Program


    The FLAG Italian program follows a 90:10 Dual Language Immersion model in elementary school. Students initially receive instruction in Italian for 90% of the day and in English for 10% of the day starting in kindergarten. The percentage of English increases annually until 50% of the day is taught in Italian and 50% in English by 5th grade. Italian language is taught both for language acquisition and content instruction.


    Careful consideration is given to the selection and planning of the content areas and themes that are taught in Italian. Dual Immersion classes are taught by fully credentialed, bilingual teachers who have additional preparation and expertise in teaching Italian.


    FLAG Italian Elementary School: Franklin ES


    Middle School FLAG Program


    Students who wish to continue in the FLAG Italian program for middle school take an Italian Language Arts class as an elective.


    FLAG Italian Middle School: Toll MS


    High School World Languages


    Students who wish to continue their Italian studies into high school may take Italian language as an elective. Courses will available through AP Italian Language as our current FLAG students matriculate to AP level. Students will also be eligible to take the AP Italian exam and earn the Seal of Biliteracy in Italian.


    Italian language offered at the following high school: Hoover HS