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FLAG Dual Immersion Program Wins CSBA Golden Bell Award for Excellence in Education and Governance


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Glendale Unified School District

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GUSD Public Information Office
Kristine Nam, Communications Director
(818) 241-3111 x1218

Distribution Date: December 6, 2019 


Foreign Language Academies of Glendale Dual Immersion Program Wins CSBA Golden Bell Award for Excellence in Education and Governance

GLENDALE, CA – The Glendale Unified Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) dual immersion program has been awarded a 2019 “Golden Bell” award from the California School Boards Association (CSBA). The award was presented during an awards reception and ceremony on Thursday, December 5.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Golden Bell Awards, which promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and school board governance practices. According to the CSBA website, “Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.” The Glendale Unified FLAG program was awarded in the category “English Language Acquisition,” which includes programs that assist students in developing fluency in English and proficiency in academic subjects and programs to promote multilingualism.

The FLAG program offers dual immersion in seven different languages, Armenian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish, beginning in kindergarten. The program emphasizes bilingualism and biliteracy, academic achievement, and multiculturalism. The intent and primary purpose of the FLAG program is to prepare students for a global society, one that recognizes borderless opportunities whether in country or out of country. By achieving content knowledge through English and another language, students understand how to see from different perspectives and how to express ideas through language.

“The FLAG program helps students develop an appreciation for diverse backgrounds and cultures and prepares them for success in a global economy,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian. “Our society is a beautiful tapestry of languages and cultures. The FLAG program provides students a strong foundation for working within this tapestry no matter what pursuits they may have in the future.”  

The FLAG program is open to all students living in- and outside Glendale Unified School District boundaries. Applications are now available for the 2020-21 school year. To apply, complete a lottery application at by January 31, 2020.

For further information, please email Kristine Nam or call the Public Information Office at (818) 241-3111 x1218.

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