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Updated August 26, 2015 — Fixed address for Bellevue, Wash. school.


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

MIP list 2015-8-26

Clicking on the link above will 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:


Elizabeth Weise, Mandarin Immersion Parents Council


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





Grades at school


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?

51 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, 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

  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


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

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

  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?


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

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

      Hong Kong Academy

      The Canadian International School (perhaps not fully immersive but the Mandarin programme is well respected)

      Kiangsu & Chekiang

      Victoria Shanghai Academy

      Yew Chung International School (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

      The ISF Academy

      The Singapore International School

      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:

      Good luck!

  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.
    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?

      • Heather Tadrissi permalink
        March 7, 2015 11:31 am

        It is in the town of Marvin. Thank you!

  11. August 14, 2014 8:43 am

    The new website for the maps is 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 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



    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.:

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

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

  13. Richard Aunkst permalink
    February 12, 2015 9:52 am

    My wife is a Chinese national (from Xinjiang). She is currently enrolled at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia, Her major is Math Education. She is a junior with a GPA of 3.92. We are looking for scholarship / grant help as she doesn’t qualify for normal grants and scholarships due to her not being a US citizen.
    When she graduates, she will be certified to teach Math (5-adults), Chemistry, and Chinese. She will be looking for a teaching position. We are more than willing to relocate.
    Any ideas?

    • Stephanie permalink
      June 21, 2015 3:23 am

      Our elementary school, located in Laguna Niguel, CA, is always looking for teachers since our program is relatively new and continues to grow each year. We are in the Capo Unified School District and you can look them up to see what their hiring process is.

  14. Mai-Lon Wong permalink
    February 12, 2015 10:12 am

    To Richard Aunkst, I am the principal of a K-6 Dual Language Immersion School in Arizona. We are looking for a Chinese side teacher to teach math, science and Mandarin Language Arts for 2015-16 school year. It would be a second grade position. If your wife would be interested please email me at:

  15. Deborah Rocha permalink
    March 18, 2015 7:47 am

    Hi!!!! My son is in first grade now and he started mandarin immersion in KG in San Diego. We are moving to Alburqueque New Mexico and I need information for schools that offer the program. Can you please help me?? Thanks

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      March 18, 2015 7:53 am

      Unfortunately, I don’t believe there are any Mandarin immersion programs in New Mexico. Parents–tell me if I’m wrong!

  16. March 29, 2015 10:05 am

    Avenues:The World School in New York is a 50% Mandarin immersion starting at Nursery (3’s)

  17. Theresa McCorry permalink
    April 7, 2015 4:24 am

    How do I find Saturday Mandarin schools or classes? Particularly near Northville, Michigan?

  18. susan permalink
    April 8, 2015 10:57 am

    Atlanta Trilingual Academy opened another campus in smyrna, ga. They do offer preschool. My son is 2 and he attends this school. I am wondering if you have come across any immersion schools in south florida? (From west palm area to Miami). Im desperately searching for something like ATA as we may have to relocate.
    Your list is a great tool for parents. Thank you for that.

    • April 25, 2015 5:22 am


      My name is Susan Acker and I am the Director of MindBloom Preschool. A parent in our program sent me information about this site to add our school, but I could not find an email address to email details to the moderator. Please forgive me for posting this information to the forum, but please see details below.

      Thank you,

      Susan Acker

      School Name MindBloom Preschool

      School District name Located in Ward 5 of Washington, DC

      Address 2420 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

      City Washington

      State DC

      Phone 202-681-2013

      Grades at school Pre-K Only

      Public/private/charter? Private and unaffiliated with the public or charter school systems

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

      Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. 90% at least

      Whole school or strand within a school? One strand

      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. One Mandarin classroom

      One-way or two-way immersion? One-way immersion

      Website address.

      Other languages offered? (i.e. some schools have multiple immersion strands.) Spanish, with japanese and Arabic coming.

      Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium? No

      • April 25, 2015 5:23 am

        Sorry, I didn’t capitalize the “J” in “Japanese” on my former posting…

      • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
        April 25, 2015 2:32 pm

        Thanks. I don’t list preschools on the school list, though. Only K-12

  19. April 23, 2015 1:27 pm

    Please add our school to your list – Thank you – Tracy Glick, Global Business Magnet Advisor
    School Name Weaver Elementary

    School District name Garland ISD

    Address 805 Pleasant Valley Road

    City Garland

    State TX, 75040

    Phone 972-494-8311

    Grades at school pre-k to grade 5

    Public/private/charter? public

    Date the Mandarin immersion program began (Kindergarten only, not preschool) opens August, 2015

    Percentage of the day taught in Mandarin/English. 50/50

    Whole school or strand within a school? strand

    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. 22 K, 22 1st for 2015-16

    One-way or two-way immersion? one-way

    Website address.

    Garland ISD: Mandarin Chinese Language & Leadership

    Mandarin Chinese Language & Leadership – Garland ISD

    Read more…

    Remove preview

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

    Is the school art of the Flagship – Chinese Acquisition Pipeline consortium? no

  20. May 28, 2015 8:20 pm

    Please add our school:
    YingHua International School
    33 River Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609) 375-8015
    Preschool (age 2.5 years old) through 8th Grade
    Founded 2007
    We follow the full immersion model: 100% Mandarin instruction for preschool through Kindergarten; 90% Mandarin for 1st grade; 80% for 2nd grade; and so on until 50% Mandarin for 5th grade and above
    Whole school
    Simplified Characters
    1 class per grade, up to 14 students per class
    Two-way immersion
    no other languages offered
    not part of the flag ship program
    Accredited by the MSA-CESS
    Candidate school for the International Baccalaureate PYP Programme
    Contact: Kristin Epstein, Executive Director

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      May 29, 2015 8:06 am

      I fixed the ZIP code and updated that you’re K – 8, I had you as K-5 before. Thanks,

  21. June 1, 2015 12:52 pm

    There is also Sunrise Drive Elementary School in Tucson AZ that started offering Mandarin Immersion 2 years ago. (Their address: 5301 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718)

  22. Molly permalink
    June 29, 2015 12:56 pm

    Are there any programs near Goshen, Indiana or the surrounding area? My daughter is in a 50% Mandarin program currently and we are considering a move to that are and would like to continue her studies. ~ Thank you

  23. isabel permalink
    August 6, 2015 12:04 pm

    I know this thread is for Full Immersion Mandarin schools. Is there Full Immersion Cantonese school. I’m looking for one in Arizona. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      August 9, 2015 9:11 am

      None that I know of. The only Cantonese immersion schools I know of are in San Francisco and Sacramento.

  24. August 10, 2015 1:31 pm

    Great list!
    Correction: Mandarin Language Academy in Lakeside is actually Riverview International Academy. Name changed when the charter ended.

    Addition: Pacific Beach Middle School, 4676 Ingraham St., San Diego, CA 92109, 858-273-9070, grades 6-8, public, immersion program begins 9/8/15, 2 periods per day (1 MLA, 1 core subject), strand, 1 classroom?? (haven’t seen enrollment #s, will be more next year), 1 way immersion,

    Addition: Tierra del Sol Middle School, Lakeside, CA 92109, 858-273-9070, grades 6-8, public,, immersion program begins 9/8/15, 2 periods per day (1 MLA, 1 core subject), strand, 1 classroom?? (haven’t seen enrollment #s, will be more next year), 1 way immersion

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      August 10, 2015 2:03 pm

      Very helpful. Many thanks.

  25. Melissa Taylor permalink
    August 26, 2015 3:19 pm

    Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for your efforts in compiling such a through list. An update for my daughter’s school as they are now in a more permanent location.

    Jing Mei Elementary
    12635 SE 56th St.
    Bellevue WA 97006

    Also note that the phone number stayed the same, but the area code is listed incorrectly. Should be 425.



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