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  1. Caroline says:

    BEN FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY

    There’s a gem of an elementary school in Glendale–Ben Franklin Elementary. Total enrollment is only 350. They have language immersion programs in German, Spanish, and Italian.

    The teachers employ the icons of depth and complexity and thinking maps when creating and teaching lessons school-wide. These concepts are used for gifted students in the district, but for all students at Franklin. Sure it’s a Title One school with about 75% on free or reduced lunches, but it’s better than a lot of private schools out there.

    Additionally, out of district permits are welcome!

    My son will be entering kindergarten there next year. We’re so excited. What a find, I tell ya!

    Caroline Halili
    andycaroline@mac.com

  2. Judy Reilly Brousseau says:

    My twin girls just started Spanish Immersion Kinder this fall, so I don’t know the school well yet, but the first impressions are great. The Spanish Immersion teachers (there are 2, plus 2 German and 1 Italian as well as other elementary schools in Glendale that offer Spanish, Korean and Armenian) are so sweet to the kids. One of my girls is doing great, and the other is struggling, but the teachers are so sweet and communicative about our kids that I feel very confidant in the process. The admin is also really open and the Principal is such a friendly guy and visible to all the kids each morning – it helps us feel connected, as we were permited in at the last minute. (They are open to folks from out of district permiting in, FYI)

  3. Sarah says:

    my son is in Spanish kinder and has really taken to it! The principal is very friendly and focused on the betterment of the school. And the most amazing aspect of the Dual Language program – are the parents! I have never seen this level of parent involvement, from volunteering, to creating a fund raising team, creating a Green Team (planting a garden), bringing the STAR after school program to the kids. It’s pretty spectacular.

  4. Marilyn says:

    I understand that there are two schools in Glendale offering Spanish Immersion – Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison. Are their teaching approaches different? What are their core differences? As small and appealing as Franklin is, I’ve heard that they will double in size over the next few years and kids are in trailers (not that trailers are necessarily insufficient.) How to choose between the two?

    • Caroline says:

      Ben Franklin is a much smaller school. The teaching approaches are identical. I’m not sure if Edison employs the thinking graphs as part of the “best practices,” but they’ve definitely got teaching Spanish immersion down. Edison has had the program longer with 6th graders graduating from the immersion program in June.

      However, from my understanding, Edison does not have a PTA nor any other parent group (i.e. PTO, Booster Club). Parent involvement is key. Ben Franklin has a lot of it—and a very talented group of parents I might add.

  5. Maria Elena Gil says:

    Hello
    I am interested in the Edison immersion program. Question, I live in LAUSD and was casually informed (by my son’s preschool program) that LAUSD is not granting out of district permits. Does anyone have reliable info and/or personal tips tpo share?
    Thanks
    Maria Elena

    • magnetangel says:

      Hi Maria Elena. There is an appeal process and a group of frustrated parents sharing their horror stories on Facebook. It’s located here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=413285633272

      You can ask for advice from them, but they don’t seem to be having that much luck either. The new forms/process for 2011-12 have not been finalized, so there’s no final word on what it will take. Some families have appealed all the way to the County Board of Education, and even those get turned down. Good luck.

  6. sofia says:

    High Tech High—is it suitable for gifted/highly gifted children? I looked at their website—no Honors or AP classes are offered. Is this correct? Any input will be appreciated

    • magnetangel says:

      Are you referring to HTH in Van Nuys? I’ll try to get someone to post about their experience there.

      It seems to explain pretty clearly in their FAQ that they do offer honors contracts for their students (dual rostered students–honors students in a class doing a more in-depth project in order to be designated an honors course). They also spell out their philosophy on AP, and encourage students to take the actual courses at a community college.

      http://www.ht-la.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=57897&type=d

  7. magnetangel says:

    Sent to me this week:

    I would like to pass the information that a French Immersion Program is starting this coming fall 2012 at B. Franklin Magnet School in the Glendale Unified School District. It will be the 1st French Immersion Program in Los Angeles!

    The location of this program will be at Franklin Elementary School in Glendale, CA.
    Franklin Magnet School
    1610 Lake Street
    Glendale, CA 91201‎
    School Office Phone: 818-243-1809
    Contact Ana Jones for tour information. Ajones@gusd.net or call 818-243-1809

    They will begin with one class of French Kindergarten with 31 new students.
    To enter in this Kindergarten program your child must be 5 years old by November 1, 2012. However, if your child was born between November 1st and December 2nd you may still apply (read the fine print on the back of the application on GUSD website). You don’t need to leave in the District!
    If your child is a French native speaker or relatively fluent in the language you will have a priority in the enrollment . Your child will have to pass an oral language test (Stanford FLOSEM) at the school in order to evaluate his/her level.

    The application for enrollment will be available online next week and it will be announced as soon as it becomes available on the GUSD Website at http://www.gusdelementarymagnet.org. The deadline to submit your application is January 27, 2012, at 4:30pm. Application submittal does not guarantee enrollment. A lottery will be held on February 9, 2012 to select the 31 students.

    A school tour is required in order to complete your application. To schedule a tour at Franklin Magnet School please contact Ana Jones, the teacher specialist. After the tour you’ll be given a TOUR VERIFICATION SLIP, attach it to the printed copy you made of the application you filled out online and mail it to the Magnet office address listed on the application. Make sure you keep a copy for yourself

    If you have any question please contact us at frenchip@sbcglobal.net

  8. Angela says:

    Wondering if you’ve heard that Franklin in Glendale is *trying* to cease the German program? Citing (erroneous) lack of support, lack of interest and an inability to find credentialed teachers. All false! There will be a packed meeting at Franklin on Tuesday, December 20th at 5pm and I would encourage anyone who is considering ANY language immersion program in Glendale Unified to attend. If they’re willing to scrap a highly successful immersion program at the drop of a hat, they can do it again. A threat to one is a threat to all.

  9. trinaunz says:

    I just wanted to come here to share how *disappointed* I am that my girls are unlikely to attend any of the GUSD Kindergarten magnet programs I applied to on their behalf. Keppel VAPA was my first choice and during the tour of the school I fell in love. I also “drank the kool-aid” served up by the other touring parents who’d heard that GUSD was able to offer a spot last year to everyone who applied to Keppel (which means they made it all the way through a list that was 45-50 families long). No such luck this year as the waiting list is approx 125 (and I’m in the 90s!).

    The GUSD magnet office tells me I have an outside shot at the Edison Technology Magnet, which I’d gladly take if offered, but they’ll have to make it a looooong way down that list too!

    I’ll be re-applying next year despite the longer odds in an advanced elementary grade and in the meantime envying those of you whose children will be able to participate in these amazing programs! ;-)

  10. Maria says:

    May I suggest you research the Sapnish immersion dual language program at Aldama Elementary School in Highland Park.. You may still have time. read about it.

  11. Maria says:

    I mean Spanish.

  12. the nice mom says:

    HELP. Looking for Advise – Regarding picking a Kindergarten.
    We applied to numerous Charters & some privates & didn’t get in – so in a panic I started applying to all the open enrollments & SAS schools I could find (not that my kid is amazingly advanced in reading or math – but I’m reaching). My dream school would be a progressive immersion school with great arts, sports, & environmental awareness – but alas I am lucky to have a school at this point. We live in Hollywood Hills & just got accepted to 3 public school each min. 30 minutes drive from our house (ouch). Each has pros:
    1. Glendale – Muir – Spanish Immersion (we can get the LAUSD permit) – pro: Spanish Immersion, con – I have no idea how the families are involved & if they are going to work together to really get kids what they need with the cutbacks. I like the idea of language immersion & fear I only have 1 chance to start in Kindergarten
    2. LAUSD – Roscomare. Seems like it has GREAT Parent involvement. But a friend mentioned that MORE cutbacks are looming & class sizes may be even greater in size etc. I think? it is pretty academic & I wonder how they cater to different children’s learning styles.
    3. LAUSD – Mount Washington Elementary – seems like it has good arts

    I may hear from other open enrollements I applied to next week… but these places want a commitment asap.

    Our Details
    1)Son born 11/15/06: high energy, loves music & dancing, has great anxiety about being separated from mom, loves to learn in a fun environment
    2) seeking Kindergarten
    3) in LAUSD our local school is Cheremoya

  13. Sara says:

    Has anyone tried the language programs from Burbank? Was it easy to get in and was inter-district permit an issue? My kids are still young but I am sure it won’t be long before we need to decide whether we need to move to Glendale just for the schools. Thanks!

  14. michelle says:

    Anyone have any advice if I need to choose between Muir and Edison? Muir is my home school so I’ll probably get in. I also like Edison because they also have technology magnet. I’m also wondering about diversity (my daughter is African-American) and parent involvement.

  15. Coryn Woodson says:

    Does Glendale allow for enrollment with parent work permit? I work in Glendale and I would like to enroll my daughter in kindergarten in the fall. My home school is not good (LAUSD) and according to the GUSD website, Columbus would be the school based on my work address. That said, I would love to get her involved in an language immersion school. Any advice?

  16. shawna says:

    How does one find out what their number is on the wait list? Are we ever informed of our number or how many are on the list?

    • Salsa says:

      Shawna, are you asking about magnet school? They usually just said if your child is on the top, middle or bottom third. You can ask magnet coordinator about your child’s status. They need to maintain the magnet ethnic balance (70:30 or 60:40), so the wait list is not based on the points alone.

      • michelle says:

        I believe it’s the language balance (the balance of native speakers to English only) not an ethnic balance.

    • magnetangel says:

      I’m assuming you’re referring to the Glendale schools, but couldn’t you just call or go in? I’ve never known it to be a secret, so long as you don’t show up within 5 minutes of school starting or ending and they’re completely shorthanded.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Shawna, I’m going through the same thing right now. I received a email on 2-22-13 that my daughter was placed on the waiting list. I’m so disappointed. I contacted the person in charge of the magnet and she told me to be patient and that parents for the GUSD have until 3-1-13 to accept or decline. After March 1st I will call to see what number she is on the wait list but i was told by another parent, that GUSD has a new policy that will not tell you that info. If you are a GUSD parent and find out anything, please share. Thank you.

  17. Shawna says:

    Thanks so much for the info. Although, I’m a bit surprised about the ethnic makeup percentages. During my tour I asked about just that and our guide was noticeably put-off by the question. The classes seemed to be primarily Caucasian, as well.

  18. A says:

    My daughter is in the FLAG program and I have heard the same thing. GUSD is no longer telling parents on the wait list what number they are, just that they’re on the list :/

  19. Shawna says:

    Hi Mary,
    I spoke with someone from the GUSD office,
    they do not give you a specific number. Instead you’re given a tier: top, middle and bottom tier. Also, while the majority of decisions will be made by 3/1/13…the hard deadline is sometime in November.

  20. Mary says:

    Thanks Shawna for your response, I appreciate it.

  21. michelle says:

    Does anyone have opinions of Muir vs Edison? Not sure about parent involvement or diversity.

  22. Trina says:

    Hi everyone – I’m jumping in on this conversation in case I can share information or learn something new along the way. This is our second year trying to get my twins into either Keppel or Edison (both tech and immersion programs). Last year (when my girls were K) I was wait-listed on all three programs (in the 90s on Keppel, in the 50s on Edison’s tech program and in the 30s on the immersion program I applied to for which the wait list never moves, apparently). Note that we were a Burbank family at the time looking to permit out – I actually posted in April last year about our experience.

    This year, we actually moved into a townhouse within 1/2 a mile of Keppel – it was time to find a bigger place anyway, but we chose our location in part to try and get top (other than siblings) priority in the lottery for 1st grade at Keppel (our first choice). Once again, we got wait-listed for all three schools, and I’m told my numbers “aren’t that good.” I am crushed. I’ve spent two years touring the programs, talking with parents, following the schools through social media and being green with envy. I can’t find a private school that replicates what the magnet and immersion schools offer. Just *what* does it take to get into these schools? It’s so frustrating to not get access to *any* of the programs I apply for even as a GUSD resident.

    • trinaunz says:

      Just updating this comment – we finally got into Edison’s Spanish Immersion program at the end of June this year. We got lucky – the two families above us on the waitlist declined offers and paved the road for us to get in. It’s an adventure when your kids speak about 30 words of Spanish and they’re at least one year behind everyone else in the class due to their start in first grade, but the administrators tell me they’ll be fine and will catch up. Fingers crossed, it’s been a bumpy start, but we’re working hard to make it happen.

      My message to parents out there still trying to get into magnets – keep trying – your perseverance may just pay off!

      • apixeldiva says:

        I’m glad it worked out. Moving and still being rejected sounds like the WORST! Since it’s Spanish, you can immerse her after school as well – not hard in Cali, LOL, and cable has so much Spanish-language programming. Congrats and good luck playing the catch up game.

      • Sara says:

        Trina,

        Congrats! What a relief!

  23. Bjornwoodpile says:

    This is really kind of disappointing. We’d been considering paying quite a bit more to live inside GUSD specifically so that our child could have to opportunity to truly learn Spanish. Both of us are native English speakers who despite several years of high school and college level Spanish still can’t really hold an in depth conversation.

    California is a bi-lingual state, and being competitive in a lot of fields simply requires that you be bi-lingual.

    It’s hard to see going through that if we’re just going to wind up wait-listed year after year.

  24. apixeldiva says:

    I’m in love with Franklin’s Immersion program, but I’m in LAUSD. Does Franklin count as a magnet on the LAUSD echoices application, or is it considered outside of the realm? And it sort of throws a wrench into the points strategy if they don’t use the same points calculations as LAUSD, but then your points don’t apply to your LAUSD 2nd and 3rd choices. The inter-district thing gets confusing to me. If anyone can shed some light, please feel free!

    • magnetangel says:

      We’ve had a few people who are in the Franklin program post here, but it’s been a little while. LAUSD is not allowing students to leave its borders when similar programs are within the LAUSD realm, and there are several dual immersions and more popping up. Unless you work in Glendale, you will not likely have a chance at that. I’m not sure if you’ve posted to the Facebook interdistrict group, but they know more about the interdistrict permits, the appeals process with the county and things like that.

      Bottom line Glendale is not part of LAUSD so there are no points issues with LAUSD.

      As we’ve posted here previously do NOT choose 2nd or 3rd choices on the echoices application unless you are equally enamored with 1, 2, and 3, because you will end up possibly being accepted, and you are removed from the waitlist of the #1 choice.

      • trinaunz says:

        @apixeldiva – I’m not at Franklin, but my daughters do attend Edison, another Spanish immersion magnet in GUSD. MagnetAngel is correct; attempts to enter the lottery of another district do not impact points or anything else involving your attempts to get into another LAUSD school.

        We got into Edison’s Spanish FLAG and tech magnet after being waitlisted six (!) times at four different GUSD schools (*finally* got the call we’d been waiting for at the end of June). Since we did not permit out of LAUSD, the process may have been easier for us. I wonder if the permitting process is easier if you’re in one of the Program Improvement schools under No Child Left Behind? Might be worth looking into the Spanish immersion programs at LAUSD too. All things being equal, I’d consider attending one that’s had the program the longest – experience makes a difference. Good luck, I know how frustrating it can be when you want a school and you feel like you’re on the outside looking in.

  25. apixeldiva says:

    Thanks for the speedy reply! LA doesn’t really have any french immersion programs in San Fernando Valley. I do know of a friend from Sherman Oaks making it into the program, but I’ll have to track her down for details, but I’m so relieved to know it doesn’t mingle with my LAUSD magnet choices. I do know one thing about Franklin: if your kid is fluent in any language (other than Spanish) they are almost guaranteed to get in. They don’t have enough native speakers for German, French and Italian. I’ll update if I find out more! Thanks.

  26. Sara says:

    I hope this is not a “stupid” question. :). Would being fluent in, say, Chinese or Polish, improve the odds of getting into, say, the French immersion program at any of the FLAG schools? Thanks!

  27. apixeldiva says:

    Not stupid. But NOPE, it won’t help. The parent being fluent doesn’t even have any sway. I’m completely fluent and it doesn’t help my kid a bit. He’s got to be fluent – all or nothing. I don’t know at age 4 how fluent they are expected to be, but it’s all about having speakers of THAT specific language in the classroom I guess to encourage the other kids to speak and to maybe take some of the pressure off the teacher, instead of starting 100% from scratch with all English speakers.

    And thanks to the lady who posted the link to all the immersion programs!

  28. Trina says:

    Hi Sara – @apixeldiva is correct – unless your child has fluency in the specific target language of the immersion program, there’s no impact on admission. Now, if your child is fluent in a target language, it would help – especially if the language is not Spanish.

    • Sara says:

      Thanks ladies for the reply! Very helpful.
      I’m most interested in the French program. Does anyone know if it’s a popular program and what’s the chance of getting in without being fluent? Thanks!

  29. apixeldiva says:

    Unfortunately (I like that program too) I’ve heard the chances aren’t great. According to a friend whose child is in the french program, they had either 80 or 120 (I can’t remember, the numbers seemed equally bad to me, so I can’t remember) people on the waiting list. Her husband’s french and she speaks french, so he tested in. I speak french, but my husband doesn’t. And my kid understands french, but answers in English which is concerning to me. Spanish is the most popular, French is the second. I don’t think German and Italian are very booked up.

  30. NewtoLa says:

    We just toured Edison- it’s clear they have strong principal and teacher alignment and they have a great campus. My understanding is that they, like many gentrifying schools, are working to try to replace Title 1 fund reductions with traditional fundraising as a consequence of having fewer children in need. The primary driver for us for a school is strong leadership to help a school ride out the inevitable CA public school funding challenges, followed by strong or innovative programs, and engaged parents. We are renting in LAUSD and put Edison first on our GUSD FLAG application. Our daughter is bi-lingual Spanish. We will see if she actually is willing to speak Spanish to a stranger during the proficiency exam, though. We are shooting for either Edison or El Marino in Culver City and will tour Aldama to learn more as well- Grand View is too far away for us and it appears that it’s almost impossible to get into Spanish immersion in Santa Monica. I would sign up for Mandarin at Broadway but we can barely get out of the house in the morning with two kids and need to work in a language at least one parent understands. Best of luck to all!

  31. Nancy G says:

    Our home school is Edison. I think this means we automatically get into Edison the school but do we have to apply separately for the Spanish Immersion program? Also I don’t understand how the ratio’s work. Is our son’s chance for getting into the Edison Spanish immersion program better if he tests proficient in Spanish or if he doesn’t? Thank you ahead of time for any information you could share with me.

  32. Hi Nancy – my daughters attend Edison. You have to apply to attend Edison, though you do get a preference in the lottery if you live within 1/2 a mile of the school for which you’re applying. Attendance is not automatic in either the Spanish FLAG or the Technology Magnet. The ideal ratio in the classroom is 50% of students with fluency in English and target language being Spanish and 50% fluent in Spanish with target language as English, but the ratios vary from classroom to classroom and year to year. You’ll get little information from the magnet folks that tips their hand as to a particular advantage in applying, but you will have to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency if your son applies for entry after 1st grade – the school district will test his passive and active speech, and possibly his reading and writing as well. I recommend that if you’re interested in the Spanish FLAG program, you apply for Edison *and* Franklin & Muir (the other two elementary schools in Glendale with Spanish FLAG.) Good luck!

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