Glendale school district announces dual-language program's high school offerings

As Glendale school officials continue to review a plan to offer the district’s popular dual-language immersion classes through the 12th grade, they announced this week which high schools would offer the foreign-language courses.

At the elementary level, the dual-immersion program has students spend at least half the instructional day speaking and learning in a language other than English.

At the high-school level, students would continue studying their chosen language with an intensive class every day.

According to the proposal, Hoover High School would offer German, French, Italian and Armenian classes and would offer a Spanish class for students currently enrolled at Franklin and Edison elementary schools.

Crescenta Valley High School would offer Korean classes for students who begin studying that language at Monte Vista Elementary.

Glendale High would offer Armenian, Spanish and Japanese classes.

Clark Magnet High School, specializing in science and technology, would not offer any of the advanced language classes, said Kelly King, assistant superintendent of Glendale Unified.

School board president Nayiri Nahabedian said she supports the proposal because it appears to provide balance to high schools and middle schools in respect to their enrollment sizes and language offerings.

When Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan told parents during a school board meeting on Tuesday that the district is aiming to expand the dual-immersion programs to advanced language classes at local high schools, the audience erupted in applause.

Parent David Zaft, who lives outside of Glendale but who has gotten permits to send his children to Franklin Elementary for its German dual-language program, expressed gratitude for the effort by Glendale school officials to expand the programs through high school.

“We couldn’t be happier,” he said of the German program. “I’m just really happy that the commitment to the dual-immersion programs is growing.”

According to the proposal, Toll Middle School would offer classes in Armenian, Korean and Spanish, while Korean classes would be available at Rosemont Middle School.

Roosevelt Middle School would offer classes in Spanish, French, German and Italian.


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