Welcome to the Glendale Unified School District!

  • In Glendale Unified schools, we focus on maximizing student achievement, fostering students’ social and emotional growth, and creating a vibrant, inclusive environment where all children can learn and thrive. Glendale Unified is the third largest school district in Los Angeles County. We proudly serve 24,500 students in preschool through 12th grade and beyond. Nine Glendale Unified schools have earned the U.S. Office of Education’s highest designation, the National Blue Ribbon. Additionally, 26 Glendale Unified schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools and 17 of our district’s 18 Title I schools have been named Title I Achieving Schools.

    We proudly offer dual immersion programs in seven languages, Armenian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Glendale Unified also offers six magnet schools focused on technology, world languages, and visual and performing arts, and a wide variety of Career and Technical Education pathways beginning in middle school. Through a collaborative partnership with Glendale Community College, Glendale Unified offers students multiple opportunities to earn college credit before they graduate from high school, including our Hoover Early College Academy and Glendale High Cloud Computing and Computer Science Academy. This year, our District launched an innovative new virtual high school, the Online College and Career Academy. We are excelling together to provide our students with endless pathways for success!

      District at a Glance

      • 25,000 Students
      • 10 Preschools
      • 20 Elementary Schools
      • 4 Middle Schools
      • 4 High Schools
      • 1 Continuation High School
      • 2 Independent Study Academies
      • 1 School for Students with Special Needs
      • 7 Dual Immersion Programs
      • 6 Magnet Schools
      • 23 Career & Technical Education Pathways
      • 3 Opportunities for Dual College Enrollment

      Student Demographics


        Glendale Unified is a diverse school district that welcomes students and families from all over the world. Our students come from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds and speak 48 different languages.

        Student Race and Ethnicity

        White 59.3%
        Hispanic or Latino 20.0%
        Asian 11.3%
        Filipino 4.5%
        Black or African American 1.1%
        American Indian or Alaskan Native 0.1%
        Pacific Islander 0.1%
        Two or more Races 3.5%

        Other Student Demographics

        Free/Reduced Lunch 46.1%
        English Learners 21.3%
        Students with Special Needs 9.7%
        Foster/Homeless Youth 4.9%


        Source: CA Department of Education for 2020-21 School Year

      Indicators of Excellence

      • National Blue Ribbon Schools

        9 GUSD schools have earned the U.S. Office of Education's highest designation for a public school, the National Blue Ribbon.

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      • California Distinguished Schools

        26 GUSD schools have received California's highest award for excellence, the California Distinguished School Award. To earn this designation, schools must complete a rigorous evaluation that includes academic achievement, quality of instruction, school leadership, parent involvement, and school-community partnerships.

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      • California Gold Ribbon Schools

        The Gold Ribbon Schools Award recognizes California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

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      • Title I Academic Achieving Schools

        17 of GUSD's 18 Title I schools have been named Title I Academic Achieving School.

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      • Teachers of the Year

        Glendale's reputation also attracts excellent teachers and other professionals. People want to come and work in the district. One indicator is that Glendale Schools have placed more teachers in the semi-finals of the California Teachers of the Year program during the past 12 years than any other district of comparable size in the state.

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      • Other Academic Awards and Recognitions

        Glendale Unified schools have received various awards and recognitions. Check out the timeline from over the years.

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