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Global Language Academies of Downey (G.L.A.D.)

Our G.L.A.D. program begins by exposing TK students to a second language, facilitating the transition to our dual-language immersion program starting in Kindergarten. 

Additionally, Carpenter Elementary is a Candidate School* for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 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!

Diverse students sitting together

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

Our Global Language Academies of Downey Dual Language Immersion Program will follow 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, beginning in kindergarten through 5th grade, 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.

Our program will follow a 90/10 model, which means that the second language will be taught most of the day in the primary grades (80-90%). To ensure we keep a balance of native speakers of both languages in our classes, students must apply and undergo a free assessment as part of the selection process.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a continuum of international education. IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 to 12 follows an inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework. PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.


Carpenter Elementary is a candidate school* for the PYP, pursuing authorization as an IB World School. For further information about the IB, visit www.ibo.org.

Application Process

The application window for 2022-2023 is now open until January 30, 2022.

1. Attend a mandatory informational meeting

2. Complete and submit an application

3. Receive an e-mail notification if accepted or waitlisted

4. If accepted, complete online enrollment

Parent Informational Meetings

Meetings will be held via Zoom. Translation is available.

jan 20
Thu., Jan. 20 at 9:00 am
jan 20
Thu., Jan. 20 at 5:30 pm

Contact Downey Unified

Please fill out our inquiry form or call to speak with a representative.

Phone: (562) 904-3588
Email: glad@dusd.net

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