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Proud readers at Mark Keppel Visual and Performing Arts and Korean FLAG Magnet.


A teacher and student at Thomas Edison Advanced Technology and Spanish FLAG Magnet celebrate Day of the Dead.


Students and teachers at Benjamin Franklin International Languages Academy of Glendale celebrate Hispanic culture.


Dr. Kelly King, Project Director

As the third-largest district in Los Angeles County, the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) has more than 2,620 employees who serve a culturally diverse population of approximately 26,250 K-12 students. The district operates 20 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 5 high schools, a developmental center for students with multiple handicaps, and numerous child care centers.

The three elementary schools funded by the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) provide unique experiences that attract and retain students while balancing ethnic distribution districtwide. In addition, the program ensures that all magnet students meet or exceed rigorous academic standards.

At Thomas Edison Advanced Technology and Spanish Foreign Language Academy of Glendale (FLAG) Magnet, studies for about 800 K-6 students are facilitated by multimedia technology. Collaboration with Planet Bravo gives every student daily technology access to enhance and support high academic achievement and to master 21st century technology skills. In addition, students in the Spanish FLAG Program participate in a research-based, 90/10 dual immersion program designed to lead to academic and cultural proficiency in both Spanish and English.

At Benjamin Franklin International Foreign Languages Academy, about 500 K-6 students have the chance to become biliterate, bilingual, and culturally aware in French, German, Italian, or Spanish in a research-based, 90/10 dual immersion program. Students who begin in kindergarten will achieve academic and social proficiency in two or more languages by the end of 6th grade. Franklin’s collaborations with the Italian Government, Fondazione Italia, the German Government, ZfA Deutsche Auslandsschularbeit International, and German American School Association help to make these opportunities possible.

About 900 K-5 students at Mark Keppel Visual and Performing Arts and Korean FLAG Magnet enjoy a program that promotes academic achievement and social competencies by infusing the visual and performing arts into the core curriculum. Partnerships with The Armory Center for the Arts and The Music Center help to increase academic rigor through a multidisciplinary approach. In addition, students in Keppel’s Korean FLAG program participate in a research-based, 50/50 dual immersion program designed to lead to academic and cultural proficiency in both Korean and English.

In addition to these theme-related activities, the three MSAP schools collaborate with the California Association for Bilingual Education’s Project INSPIRE to increase parent involvement and support.

Dr. Kelly King, Project Director, has served GUSD for 21 years as a teacher, specialist, assistant principal, and principal. Dr. King is also the Director of Categorical Programs.

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