Spanish was the first FLAG program in GUSD, beginning at Edison Elementary in 2003. FLAG Spanish has since expanded to both Franklin and Muir Elementary Schools. The program focuses on high levels of language proficiency English and Spanish.
FLAG Spanish Program Pathways
Elementary FLAG Program
The Spanish FLAG program follows a 90:10 Dual Language Immersion model in elementary school. Students initially receive instruction in Spanish 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 Spanish and 50% in English by 6th grade. Spanish 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 Spanish. Dual Immersion classes are taught by fully credentialed, bilingual teachers who have additional preparation and expertise in teaching Spanish.
Middle School FLAG Program
Students who wish to continue in the FLAG Spanish program for middle school take a Spanish Language Arts class as an elective plus an additional core class taught in Spanish.
High School World Languages
Students who wish to continue their Spanish studies into high school may take Spanish language as an elective. Courses are available through Spanish Language and Spanish Literature AP. Students will also be eligible to take the AP Spanish Language and Spanish Literature exams and earn the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish.