Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG)

The GUSD Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) program offers dual immersion language programs in seven different Target Languages: Armenian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
Program Goals:

GUSD's goal is for all FLAG students to:
  • Develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both English and the Target Language
  • Demonstrate high levels of academic achievement
  • Develop an appreciation for and an understanding of diverse cultures
GUSD offers both 90/10 and 50/50 dual immersion models:
  • In the 90/10 model (Target Languages - French, German, Italian, or Spanish) kindergarten and first grade instruction is provided in the target language for 90% of the day and English instruction is provided for 10%. The percentage of target language instruction decreases and the percentage of English instruction increases starting in 2nd grade and continues to adjust until both languages are taught 50% of the day in 5th and 6th grade. Formal literacy instruction in English generally begins in third grade, although students are exposed to the English language through oral language and print activities from the beginning of the program.
  • In the 50/50 model (Target Languages - Armenian, Japanese, or Korean)  instruction is divided equally between both the target language and English with each being taught 50% of the day.
  • FLAG Middle School and High School students take a Target Language Arts class as their language elective, and in some FLAG language programs, a content subject like history/social studies is offered in the target language.
In both models, in addition to language arts, the target language is taught through content, not as a separate course of study..
Dual Immersion classes are taught by fully credentialed bilingual teachers who have additional preparation and expertise teaching in both English and their target language.

To enroll your child in one of GUSD’s FLAG programs, visit 

To view teaching opportunities at FLAG schools, visit EdJoin. 

GUSD FLAG Languages and School Pathways
Language  Elementary Schools  Middle Schools  High Schools 
R.D. White ES
Jefferson ES 
Wilson MS 
Toll MS 
Hoover HS 
Glendale HS* 
French  Franklin ES  Roosevelt MS*  Hoover HS* 
German  Franklin ES  Roosevelt MS  Hoover HS* 
Italian  Franklin ES  Roosevelt MS  Hoover HS* 
Dunsmore ES
Verdugo Woodlands ES 
Wilson MS  Glendale HS* 
Keppel ES
Monte Vista ES 
Toll MS 
Rosemont MS* 
Hoover HS
Crescenta Valley HS* 
Edison ES
Franklin ES
Muir ES 
Toll MS 
Roosevelt MS
Roosevelt MS 
Hoover HS 
Hoover HS 
Glendale HS 
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