FLAG Frequently Asked Questions
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1. What are Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) FLAG programs?
Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) dual immersion 90:10 and 50:50 programs provide students an opportunity to learn in two languages starting in kindergarten. The goal of GUSD's FLAG programs is to develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both English and the target language. Currently, Glendale Unified School District offers seven dual immersion language programs for incoming kindergartners: Armenian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. All FLAG dual immersion programs fulfill Glendale Unified School District's requirements for promotion and graduation.
2. What is a target language?
Target language refers to the foreign language of instruction that students are learning. The percentage of time spent in the target language depends on the language and program. The FLAG French, German, Italian, and Spanish programs follow a 90:10 model and the FLAG Armenian, Japanese, and Korean programs follow a 50:50 model.
3. Does my child need to speak another language to apply to a GUSD FLAG program?
Proficiency in the target language is not required for kindergarten applicants. If your child can produce the target language of instruction (i.e. Italian, French, German, Japanese, etc.), he/she may be eligible for a language assessment. Applicants applying for a FLAG program after kindergarten, should be proficient in the target language. Additional language assessments may be required to determine eligibility.
4. How long will my child be enrolled in a FLAG program?
To achieve the goal of bilingualism and biliteracy, students are expected to stay enrolled in a FLAG program, at minimum, throughout elementary school. Currently, all FLAG programs are available through elementary school, and students have the opportunity to continue learning the target language in middle and high school.
5. Who may apply to a GUSD FLAG Program?
Applicants eligible for enrollment in a GUSD school may apply to any FLAG program. Applicants who reside outside of the GUSD boundaries may also apply to a GUSD FLAG program, but will be required to obtain additional release and acceptance paperwork if selected for a FLAG program. Some grade level restrictions apply. Residency proof requirements do not apply to homeless students who are eligible for enrollment as determined by the Homeless Education Liaison at (818) 241-3111 x1283. All eligible applicants receive equal consideration according to the district's FLAG selection priorities.
6. Do siblings of currently enrolled students in a FLAG program get priority in the application process?
Applicants seeking placement at a school in which a currently enrolled sibling is attending and will continue to attend in the upcoming school year, will have priority over applicants without siblings. In-district resident siblings will have priority over out of district siblings. The sibling must live in the same household and have at least one parent/guardian in common.
7. Do applicants who reside within the boundaries of GUSD have priority over applicants who reside outside the GUSD boundaries?
Applicants are selected through a centralized random selection process according to district-approved priorities. Applicants residing within the GUSD boundaries have priority over applicants residing outside of GUSD's boundaries; however, GUSD residence does not guarantee new applicants admission to a FLAG program.
8. If I am currently on a waiting list for a FLAG program, do I need to re-apply for the upcoming school year?
The current waiting lists expire before the new application window opens. All students seeking admission to a FLAG program for the upcoming school year must apply.
9. Is there a limit to the number of FLAG programs for which I can apply?
Applicants may indicate up to three (3) program choices. Applicants are not required to make more than one choice.
10. Is there a FLAG language assessment?
To maintain an equal distribution of language in a dual language classroom, applicants who indicate they have proficiency in the target language will be eligible for a language assessment. Once an application has been submitted indicating knowledge of the target language, you will be asked to make an appointment to be assessed or will be contacted to schedule a time with an assessor to evaluate your child's level of proficiency. It is highly recommended that should your child be eligible for a language assessment that you submit your application at least one month before the deadline to ensure a testing appointment time.
11. How do I submit my application?
The FLAG application will be available for online submission during the application window. Only applications submitted by the deadline will be included in the random student selection. If you do not have internet access, you may complete the online application at any of the schools sites where you are applying or at the Office of Student Support Services in the GUSD District Office at 223 N. Jackson St., Room 203, Glendale, CA 91206. Staff members and translators will be available to assist. Applications received by fax will not be accepted.
12. Are applications approved on a first come, first served basis?
All applications which are submitted and completed by the application deadline will be eligible for placement in the random student selection and are not prioritized by submission date. Applicant selection is determined through this random selection process, according to elementary magnet selection priorities.
13. How will I know that my application was received?
You will receive a confirmation email verifying that your application has been submitted and you will be able to track the progress of your application status online. The Office of Student Support Services will be contacting you by phone if no e-mail address is provided. If you do not receive a receipt verification email or letter (for those without email) five days before the random student selection, immediately call the Office of Student Support Services at (818) 241-3111 x1283.
14. What happens if my application is received after the deadline or is not received?
Applications will not be processed for the random student selection without proof of timely submission on or before the application deadline.
15. May I change my program selection(s) once I have submitted my application?
Only demographic information may be changed on your original application. Any changes in program selection(s) MUST be made by contacting the office of Student Support Services at 818 241-3111 ext. 1283. If more than one application is submitted for a child, only the most recent application will be considered for the random selection; all prior applications will be made ineligible.
16. How and when will I be notified of the Random Student Selection System results?
Results will be emailed to all applicants following the random student selection or called if no email address is provided.
17. If I do not get accepted to a FLAG program, how do I determine my child's "home" school?
GUSD maintains a "Street Finder" shortcut on the district website home page at www.gusd.net that can provide you with this information, or you may go directly to the Street Finder page by clicking here.
18. May I withdraw my child from a FLAG program?
To achieve the goal of bilingualism and biliteracy, students are expected to stay enrolled in a FLAG program, at minimum, throughout elementary school. You must meet with school site staff if you decide to withdraw your child from a FLAG program and complete a FLAG Program Withdrawal form. Withdrawing from a FLAG program does not guarantee enrollment in the English-only program at the same school.
19. What happens to a student's enrollment status in a FLAG program if the family moves outside of the GUSD boundaries?
If a student enrolled in a FLAG program, moves outside of the GUSD boundaries after being enrolled for a minimum of 6 months, the student must obtain a release from his/her district of residence and an inter-district permit from GUSD to maintain enrollment status.
20. How do I get additional information about applying to GUSD FLAG program?
Additional information is available from the Office of Student Support Services at (818) 241-3111 x1283.