Introducing our new program!

Welcome to our Global Language Academies of Downey (G.L.A.D.) program. Our G.L.A.D. program encourages 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.
Whether your child is taking our English-only classes or is enrolled in our dual language program, G.L.A.D. will provide your child with various advantages for the rest of their lives!

Enrollment Procedure

The application window for the first year of the program is now closed.

If you are interested in joining our 2020-21 school year, please fill out your information here.

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1. Attend a mandatory informational meeting
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2. Complete and submit an application
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3. Receive an e-mail notification
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4. Complete an enrollment packet

Now accepting inter district permits !

TK Dual Language Prep

Our Transitional Kindergarten Dual Language Prep will offer an exciting educational opportunity for children who turn five between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Our program will include an emphasis on oral language development, literacy immersion, number sense, and it provides collaborative experiences that promote cooperation, self-confidence, self-regulation and healthy attitudes about school and learning. A unique part of our program will include Spanish language development throughout the day to build the necessary skills to transition into our primary grades in our Global Language Academies of Downey.

Kindergarten – Global Education Program

The Global Language Academy of Downey’s unique kindergarten program offers students a comprehensive curriculum that nurtures independent learning skills by encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning through an inquiry-led method. This exciting approach to instruction also incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum by affording the opportunity for students to learn beyond solely in their native language. G.L.A.D. offers an option for a dual-language program for students that will provide tremendous benefits during their earlier formative years, furthering their progression and abilities in both English and Spanish.

What is a dual language program?

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 Spanish. 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 Spanish will be taught most of the day in the primary grades (80-90%). Our goal is for each class to be made up of 50% native English speakers and 50% native Spanish speakers. To ensure we keep this balance, students must apply and undergo a free assessment as part of the selection process.

How will it benefit my child?

Learning a second language stimulates the brain to develop higher level reasoning skills, which transfer to complex critical thinking in math, science, and language arts.
Children who are educated in two languages have stronger self-esteem with more tolerance for, and more interest in, other cultures.
Students acquire a sense of respect for different cultures and the world.

Please stay tuned for our next Parent Informational Meetings for the 2020-21 school year. If you would like to receive updates, subscribe here

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Friday, January 11, 2019
11:00 am @ District Office (Room DCC-A)
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Thursday, January 24, 2019
9:00 am @ District Office (Room DCC-A)
6:00 pm @ District Office (Board Room)
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Thursday, February 7, 2019
9:00 am @ District Office (Room DCC-A)
6:00 pm @ District Office (Board Room)
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6:00 pm @ District Office (Board Room)

All Meetings held at our District Office | 11627 Brookshire Ave. Downey, CA 90241

Frequently Asked Questions

How will immersing English speakers into a two-way bilingual program affect their abilities in their native language?
Because of the prevalence of the English language in students’ homes and their communities as well as in the American society all around them, students whose native language is English are not considered at risk of losing their fluencies. A program such as G.L.A.D. allows students the opportunity to learn a new language while still furthering their advancements in the English language. English is not replaced; rather, another language is simply acquired.
How will students who speak only English be able to learn effectively when they are instructed for up to 90% of the day in a language they don't understand?
Previous years of research acquired from Canadian programs that apply the two-way immersion method (English-speaking students learning French) has indicated that students in the program score the same or higher on tests than their English-speaking peers who receive instruction solely in English. In the Canadian model, students learning the new language are instructed for up to 100% of the day. Based on this research and that of 15 years of additional research on two-way immersion programs revealing similar results, we are confident that our program will benefit our students tremendously. For more information on immersion programs, visit the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.
What is the Family Commitment?
Research shows that a minimum of five years of intense study are needed to fully develop a second language with academic proficiency. (Cummins, 1989)
Because of this extended amount of time required in order to develop language mastery, we ask that parents agree to commit to our five-year elementary school program. Once students reach second grade, it is far more challenging for students to be able to successfully manage the transition into our dual-language immersion program (unless they are transferring from another DLI program).
What are the next steps?
We will mail letters of acceptance or regret to parents in March. Parents of students who have been accepted will need to attend a Commitment Meeting in which they will learn more about curriculum and instruction and confirm their children’s participation.

Parents must complete and submit enrollment forms to ensure their children are enrolled in our school. The application does not contain all of the information necessary to be enrolled. Inter District Transfer (transferring into DUSD from another district) must begin and then transfer process must be completed with your child’s home school district. Once the home district approves the transfer, it is then brought to DUSD.  If there are any issues with being released from your home district, please contact us.  If a transfer student is not accepted into the program, we guarantee a spot at one of our other DUSD elementary schools campuses.


Carpenter Elementary School

9439 Foster Road
Downey, CA 90242

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  • International education – International Baccalaureate® –
  • Global CALIFORNIA 2030 Speak. Learn. Lead.
  • Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Programs in California frequently asked questions on two-way instructional approaches and other issues.  Two-Way Language Immersion Program FAQ
  • The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) is recognition by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for graduating high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
There are many other sources of research on dual language immersion (DLI) education programs, often embedded in works that focus on English Learner education.
These research sources can be found at some of the following websites: