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We are proud to announce the expansion of our Global Languages Academies of Downey (G.L.A.D.), Downey Unified’s dual language program, to a new school location – Imperial Elementary School! Opening next August, for the 2022-23 school year, the inaugural Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class at Imperial will begin for all qualified four year olds. Read more about our Spanish dual language program and apply now by clicking here or visiting

Families will be contacted by Thursday, March 24, if their student has reserved a spot for the 2022-23 school year. A meeting for all new G.L.A.D. Imperial families will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 9a.m. in person and again via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Imperial Elementary principal and G.L.A.D. staff will be present to welcome families and answer any questions about this new exciting adventure for your student.

Our G.L.A.D. program’s foundation is focused on encouraging students to think critically and creatively, making connections and learning to apply their learned skills into unfamiliar scenarios, becoming excellent problem-solvers in the process.

These skills will provide your child with various advantages for the rest of their lives!

Our G.L.A.D. Dual Language Program follows a unique, and exciting educational model where children learn to think, read, write and communicate naturally in both English and a second language. For example, in our Spanish program, Native Spanish and native English speaking students study together, to be biliterate in both languages. The goal of the program is to empower students to achieve high levels of academic success and develop the cross-cultural skills needed to be college and career-ready for success in a global economy.