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Updated November 9, 2014 — welcome to John Gill Elementary School in Redwood City, Calif, which will open in the fall of 2015.

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Click the link below to open the full Mandarin Immersion School list:

 MIP list 2014-11-9

Clicking on the link abovewill open an Excel spread sheet containing all the Mandarin immersion K – 12 schools I’ve been able to find in the United States and Internationally. It was last updated on Nov. 9, 2014.

I’ve limited the list to full-time immersion schools which teach at least 50% of the time in Mandarin. That’s why there are no preschools or Saturday school on it.

The first page is U.S. schools. Click on the International tab at the bottom of the Excel spreadsheet to see the schools outside of the U.S. I’ve been able to find.

There’s a great web site with this list applied to a map of the United States here: http://mandarintreehouse.com

Thanks

Elizabeth Weise, Mandarin Immersion Parents Council

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If your schools is not listed, or is listed incorrectly, please refer to the list of questions below. Answer as many of them as you can and email  to me and I’ll update the list. If you don’t know all the answers, don’t worry. We’d rather list a school even with a few boxes empty!

School Name

School District name

Address

City

State

Phone

Grades at school

Public/private/charter?

Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool)

Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English.

Whole school or strand within a school?

Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]

Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade.

One-way or two-way immersion?

Website address.

Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.)

Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium?

27 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2012 5:00 pm

    I read with interest the article in the Wall Street Journal which lead me to this website and your listing of Chinese immersion schools.

    My children attended the Chinese International School in Hong Kong, http://www.cis.edu.hk/. Each of my daughters studied at CIS for 14 years. As Eurasians, half Chinese / half British, born and educated in Hong Kong and having both obtained the International Baccularete after graduating high school, both were offered places at prestigious universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. For their own reasons, possibily to discover their British heritage, both elected to do their undergraduate degrees in Britain. Whilst my youngest daughter is about to start the last year of her degree, my eldest daughter who completed her post graduate studies is now an attorney (solicitor) based in Hong Kong for an international law firm.

    There are now several international (private fee paying school) schools in Hong Kong which follow the CIS model of full teaching in dual language, rather than offering Chinese as a second or third language. CIS celebrated it’s 25th anniversary a few years ago and whilst you are all embarking upon a challenging and difficult route for your children, it is a rewarding one and one with a very positive future for your children as the Hong Kong (and other similar schools through out Asia) experience shows.

  2. dan permalink
    January 15, 2013 6:19 pm

    Also add All Soul’s Catholic School in Alhambra, CA

  3. Amy permalink
    March 18, 2013 11:25 am

    Beaufort County School District, SC. has K-3 at Broad River Elementary School and 1-3 at Hilton Head Island Elementary School.

  4. July 24, 2013 10:05 pm

    Don’t forget to add – under international – Calgary, AB

    http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/languages/chinese.asp

  5. Hua Yang permalink
    January 9, 2014 4:09 pm

    Please correct information for Yu Ming Charter School.

    1. It has approval from Alameda County, not belonging to Alameda unified school district
    2. Address is wrong. Correct address is 1086 Alcatraz Avenue, Oakland, CA 94608

    Thanks.

  6. gpnasc permalink
    February 12, 2014 1:38 pm

    Palm Bay Academy Charter School in Florida has a K-5 program

    http://www.palmbayacademy.org

    Immersion Elementary K through 5
    1464 Troutman Boulevard
    Palm Bay, FL 32905
    ph: 321.723.4218 fax: 321.953.5160

    • elizabethweise permalink*
      February 22, 2014 10:35 am

      According to their website, they only teach an hour and a half a day of Chinese, which becomes less in grades 4 and up, and they don’t teach content in Chinese. This would make them a FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program, but not immersion. I’ll call the school to confirm.

  7. April 1, 2014 8:09 pm

    Full Immersion School in Shanghai
    School Name – Montessori Children’s Academy
    Address- 56 Ling Shan Road /2000 Lane
    City-200136 Shanghai / China
    Phone- +86 21 5074 5472
    E-mail- monteacademy2005@yahoo.com
    1,8 – 7 years
    Established in 2005
    100% Mandarin per day
    5 Full immersion Mandarin classes, 1 full immersion English class
    We teach simplified characters
    http://www.montekinder.com

  8. Marty Feeny permalink
    April 16, 2014 9:12 pm

    Does anyone know of good immersion programs in Hong Kong other than Chinese International School (CIS), ISF and Singapore International School?

    Thanks!

    • Steve Tennant permalink
      May 3, 2014 5:21 pm

      Besides the ones that you have listed, there are also:

      Hong Kong Academy http://www.hkacademy.edu.hk

      The Canadian International School http://www.cdnis.edu.hk (perhaps not fully immersive but the Mandarin programme is well respected)

      Kiangsu & Chekiang http://www.kcis.edu.hk

      Victoria Shanghai Academy http://www.vsa.edu.hk/en/

      Yew Chung International School http://www.ycis-hk.com (I understand they have campuses in North America)

      For those who may not be familiar with the three schools that you have mentioned, I also list those below. My two daughter went from Reception to Year 13 at Chinese International School and it more than achieved what we sought for our girls in terms of bi and tri lingual education. Having completed University studies overseas, both have chosen to return to Hong Kong where they are working professionals.

      Chinese International school https://www.cis.edu.hk

      The ISF Academy http://www.isf.edu.hk/en

      The Singapore International School http://www.singapore.edu.hk

      There are other schools which offer Mandarin programmes, but the above are probably the most immersive. Hong Kong, because of its relatively high expatriate population has many other international schools offering education in German, French, Norwegian, etc.

    • Nathan Congdon permalink
      May 14, 2014 2:29 am

      Yes: You want the Suzhe School. My kids both attended for years when we lived in HK, and it prepared them well for public schools in China. It is on HK Island:

      http://www.kcs.edu.hk/

      Good luck!
      Nathan

  9. Thor permalink
    May 16, 2014 7:52 pm

    Why aren’t Chinese language immersion schools in China included? There are several good ones.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 17, 2014 6:30 am

      No one has sent me a list and as I don’t live there it’s difficult to gather the information. Would you like to help create one?

  10. Erin Sweeney permalink
    July 20, 2014 5:23 pm

    Please add-

    Kensington Elementary and Marvin Elementary, both in Waxhaw, NC
    Union County Public Schools, Union County, NC
    Program is K-5 at each school, but currently K-2 and K-1.
    Started in 2012 at Marvin and 2013 at Kensington.
    Day is 90/10 to 75/25 (Mandarin/English)
    Strand within the school. One classroom per grade.
    24 students in Kindergarten classes.
    kees.ucps.k12.nc.us
    Mandarin is the only immersion language in these schools. Other schools in district offer Spanish immersion
    Offered thru/with VIF Splash immersion out of Chapel Hill, NC.

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      July 21, 2014 9:23 am

      Yup, they’re on the list. Though I had Marvin Elementary in Marvin, NC as that’s what the school’s website says. Is it not in the town of Marvin?

  11. August 14, 2014 8:43 am

    The new website for the maps is http://mandarintreehouse.com please check it out!

  12. November 4, 2014 10:59 pm

    Please add a new mandarin immersion school in Redwood City,CA. The program will start next school year 2015. The enrollment begins Sat 11/8. Please visit http://rwcmandarin.blogspot.com/2014/10/program-approved-and-school.html?m=1 for enrollment details. We welcome every family whether you reside in Redwood City school district or not.
    School Name: John Gill School

    School District name: Redwood City scholl district

    Address: 555 Avenue Del Ora

    City: Redwood City

    State:CA

    Phone

    Grades at school: K-5 (possibly TK)

    Public/private/charter?: public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool): Fall 2015

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English.: K-1 80% 20%

    Whole school or strand within a school?
    : strand within a school
    Do you teach Simplified or traditional characters? [you can tell if in the word for school they write it 学校 (simplified) or 學校 (traditional)]: Simplified

    Number of classroom in Mandarin per grade.: Expected 2 classroom / grades depending on the enrollment.

    One-way or two-way immersion?

    Website address.: http://rwcmandarin.blogspot.com

    Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.): N/A

    Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium?

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