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About the Program

Program Goals…

Students in the Immersion Program will:

• Develop fluency and literacy in Mandarin and English

• Achieve proficiency in all academic subjects, meeting or exceeding state and district standards

• Cultivate an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, and develop positive attitudes towards fellow students, their families, and their community

Our program at a glance

For the 2016/17 school year, we have 12 classes; 2 kindergarten, 2 first grade, 2 second grade, 2 third grade, 2 fourth grade, 1 fifth grade, and 1 sixth grade. There are about 300 children in the program now. With the current level of interest in this program, we project to add two new classes each year until the leading classes graduate the sixth grade. According to a survey of parents in this program conducted in September 2013, 87% of the families speak English as a primary or secondary language at home. Those families further breakdown to 32% only speak English, 42% speak English and Mandarin, 6% speak English and Cantonese, and 8% speak English and another language. The other languages spoken either as the primary or secondary language at home include Spanish, Taiwanese, Burmese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Gujarati.


What is Chinese Immersion?

Immersion education is an alternative educational model designed to provide students with fluency and literacy in two languages. In this program all students develop literacy in Mandarin first with the gradual addition of English.

Students in the Immersion Program are taught the same California State standards as all other students in the district, at the same grade level, with the exception that the students in this program are taught in the Mandarin language for most of the school day. English is taught daily and the students are encouraged to interact in both languages.

The language immersion approach is a proven, effective method in providing children with a well-rounded, academically excellent education and full mastery of both English and any target language.  Several Bay Area public and private schools, including schools in Palo Alto, Cupertino, Berkeley, Los Altos, Hayward, and San Francisco, have reported phenomenal academic success in Chinese Immersion programs (CIP) and more and more are being established across the nation.


Why is immersion an effective second language model?

A great deal of research has centered on foreign language acquisition in various school settings. Over the past thirty years, due in large part to the success of immersion programs, there has been a shift away from teaching language in isolation and toward integrating language and content. This shift is based on four principles:






Is Mandarin Immersion Right for Your Child?

• Do you value bilingualism, bi-literacy, and diversity?

• Does your child need challenges?

• Do you want your child to have a linguistic edge in tomorrow's global market economy?

• Are you willing to make a long-term commitment to the Immersion Program?


If you answer “yes” to these questions then this may be just "the program" for your child!

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