Burbank Unified School District
The City of Burbank is located in Los Angeles County, occupies 17.3 square miles and is situated 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The city was founded on May 1, 1887 and incorporated on July 8, 1911. In 2010, the total city population was 103,340 (2010 Census), with a median income of $62,255 (American Family Survey, 2010). By 2013 the population was expected to increase by nearly 1400 people.
Based on the 2010 Census, Burbank is predominantly White (72.7%). The second largest ethnicity is Latino (24.5%), followed by 11.6% Asian and 2.5% African American. There have been notable ethnic, racial and linguistic changes in Burbank’s population since 2000. One of those changes has occurred in the language used by individuals at home. The numbers of Latino individuals and those who speak a language other than English at home have decreased from 40% in 2000 to 24.5% in 2010. The percentage of foreign-born persons in the city from 2008-2013 was calculated at 34.3%. Eighty-eight percent of the population has a high school degree or higher, and 37% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Eight and a half percent of the population lives below the poverty level.
The Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) is governed by a five-member Board of Education. BUSD operates four transitional kindergarten classes, eleven K-5 elementary schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, one alternative/continuation high school, a Community Day School, an adult school and a child development program. The total District enrollment was 15,433 during the 2012-13 school year. Students of White (46.3%) and Hispanic (34.9%) ethnicities comprised the majority of the District’s ethnic, racial distribution. Over 40% of students in Burbank Unified School District are eligible for free or reduced lunch. There were a total of 1,714 English language learners (ELLs) in the District (K-12) in 2011-12 representing 11% of the total District student enrollment, with 29 languages spoken. Of that number, 38% spoke Spanish and 23% spoke Armenian. The number of ELLs served in the District has steadily decreased in recent years.
Burbank Adult School has been providing services to the community for 85 years. The school has a proud tradition of responding to the evolving educational needs of the community and its adult learners. In 2012-13, BAS served 6,140 students in the areas listed below. ESL and ASE have the largest program enrollments, with 24% and 25% respectively:
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Career Technical Education (CTE)