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G.L.A.D. to Expand Their Horizons

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

Downey Unified’s G.L.A.D. dual language immersion program teaches children to think, read, write, and communicate naturally in two different languages with the goal to become biliterate in both English and a target language.

G.L.A.D. empowers students to achieve high levels of academic success and develop cross-cultural skills that will give your child various advantages for the rest of their lives!

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The Benefits of Learning . . .

Career & Travel Opportunities

Boosting Vocabulary

  • Learning Spanish will familiarize you with English words that have Latin roots and help you decipher new vocabulary
  • Similarities to other languages. Understanding Spanish makes it much easier to pick up on other Romance languages, like Portuguese, Italian, French and Romanian, since they all evolved from Latin and share grammar, syntax, and lots of similar vocabulary

Living in Southern California, enrolling in our Spanish program may seem like the obvious choice, but there are many benefits to learning French.

Career & Travel Opportunities

Embrace a Culture of Art & Academics

  • French is a common language in the arts from cooking to dance to architecture and more. If your child has shown talent in the arts, French may be helpful as they pursue their craft.
  • France is home to top global universities, including Sorbonne Universite

Similarities to Other Languages

  • Learning French can be a great starting point for learning other European languages like Italian, Romanian, and Spanish.
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Understanding the IB Primary Years Programme

Carpenter Elementary G.L.A.D. is recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School. Carpenter follows the IB Primary Years Programme’s three guiding principles (holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication), with the goal of developing bi-literate, inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

The IB programme helps create students who will:

  • ask challenging questions
  • think critically
  • learn across disciplines
  • develop research skills proven to help them in higher education
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Have older students?

Sussman Middle School is an IB Candidate School for the Middle Years Programme.

Learn more

G.L.A.D. Programs

There are multiple benefits to being multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural in today’s global society. While only Carpenter Elementary offers the IB program, we have several schools that offer a dual language immersion program.


Dual Language Immersion

IB Spanish

Dual Language Immersion

IB French

Dual Language Immersion

Carpenter Elementary

Imperial Elementary

Williams Elementary

Application Process

The application window for the 2024-2025 school year is now open until January 31, 2024.

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

Now accepting inter-district permits!

Sign Up for an Informational Meeting!

Meetings are mandatory for new families. All meetings are at 5:30 p.m. through Zoom.

Links will be provided via email after registration. Translation is available.

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Contact DUSD

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

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

RSVP to a Parent Informational Meeting by filling out the form below:

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