Students in the elementary Spanish dual language immersion program spend 90% of their day learning in Spanish and 10% learning in English starting in transitional kindergarten (available at Muir Elementary only) and kindergarten. The percentage of English increases annually until 50% of the day is taught in Spanish and 50% in English by 5th grade. Students learn to speak, read, and write in Spanish through content, not as a separate course of study.
For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Hong, Director, Foreign Language Academies of Glendale and Magnet Programs.
Spanish Dual Language Immersion Pathways
Muir Elementary was recognized as an International Spanish Academy in 2015. The International Spanish Academies (ISAs) are US schools that follow a program of integrated curriculum language and content in Spanish. To belong to the ISA network, the schools sign a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Education of Spain. This important partnership allows us to access resources and benefits for our Spanish dual immersion teachers and students.
Click here to sign up for a tour | For more information, contact Marral Araradian at (818) 241-4848.
For a parent perspective about our Spanish program or for volunteering opportunities contact our Parent Liaison Jennifer Berry.
Elementary Dual Language Immersion Programs
90:10 Program Model – French, German, Italian, Spanish
Students participate in a 90:10 program model when the target language of instruction uses a Latin-based alphabet (French, German, Italian, and Spanish). Students initially receive instruction in the target language for 90% of the day and in English for 10% of the day, starting in kindergarten. The percentage of English increases annually until 50% of the day is taught in the target language and 50% in English by 5th grade.
50:50 Program Model – Armenian, Japanese, Korean
Students participate in a 50:50 program model when the target language of instruction uses an alphabet distinct from the Latin-based English alphabet (Armenian, Japanese, and Korean). Students receive instruction in the target language for 50% of the day and in English for 50% of the day throughout elementary school.
Middle School Dual Language Immersion Programs
Students wishing to continue in the dual language immersion program for middle school take a language arts class in their target language as an elective. Some middle school programs offer a second core-content subject, such as history/social studies or science, in the target language. Visit the page for each language to learn more about the specific pathways available.
High School World Language Programs
All languages are available as world language course offerings at the high school level. Students may continue taking advanced language courses as their elective and most languages offer a capstone exam for potential college credit. Students are also eligible to earn the State Seal of Biliteracy in their target language.