Glendale Schools | Source of Community Pride

  • Dating back to 1879, Glendale schools have a long-standing reputation of commitment to achieving the highest standards on campuses that are safe and secure places for learning.

    Community pride in its public schools was demonstrated once again in recent years when more than 72% of the voters approved a $186 million bond measure to renovate campuses and construct new classrooms during the current decade.

    Realtors say that local public schools are often a motivating factor for families moving into the Glendale area.

    Enrollment in GUSD is approximately 26,000 students. Located within the district’s boundaries are all of the City of Glendale, a small portion of the City of La Cañada-Flintridge, and unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of La Crescenta and Montrose. In 2002, Glendale was the third-largest district in the county, and in the top 30 in size in California.

    GUSD is made up of 20 elementary schools (TK-6), four middle schools (6-8), three comprehensive senior high schools (9-12), one magnet high school, one continuation high school, a developmental center for multi-handicapped students, and numerous child care centers serving preschool or school-age children. The district also maintains a modern Administration Center, which provides services to the schools and facilities for the Board of Education, employee, and community meetings; a professional development center; and a maintenance-warehouse complex.

    The school year operates from mid-August to early-June.

    With more than 3,000 teachers, administrators, and support staff on the education team, GUSD is one of the area’s largest employers. When it comes to feeding students, GUSD represents the community’s largest "restaurant." More than 17,000 breakfasts and lunches are consumed each day by hungry students.

    A five-member, elected Board of Education governs the district and appoints a superintendent who is in charge of daily operations. Trustees are elected to four-year terms. A non-voting student representative is appointed each fall and serves during the school year.