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U.S. Mandarin immersion programs

March 29, 2008

This is an obsolete blog post.  We now have two entire pages dedicated to this topic.   Visit these pages for the latest information on Mandarin Immersion programs in the Bay Area and the United States…

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    1. balithai2001 permalink
      June 16, 2008 8:36 pm

      Another Mandarin immersion school in California is the Redding School of the Arts, in Redding, California. It is a public charter school grades K – 8 focusing on the visual and performing arts. The Mandarin program is a 50/50 immersion model and started in the 2007 school year with a kindergarten class of 34 students (divided into two sections of 17 children). The incoming kindergarten class also has 34 students and the school intends to grow the program a grade each year.

    2. BCC permalink
      December 10, 2008 2:59 am

      New to Washington, DC is a Mandarin Immersion Charter School:

    3. Diana Hallock, principal permalink
      December 18, 2008 9:22 pm

      College Park is a public elementary school in San Mateo that offers Mandarin immersion from pre-K to grade 2, with the program growing by a grade each year. In addition, we offer Mandarin as an elective to studnets in grades 3-5. We are able to accept students from outside our district for the 2009-10 school year. Call for tour reservations at 650-312-7691

    4. Joy Zhao permalink
      January 11, 2009 2:27 am

      YingHua Day School ( is a Mandarin Chinese immersion school in New Jersey, a nonprofit private school that follows the 90/10 model within the International Baccalaureate curriculum for students 3 years and up. (732) 513-3034.

    5. February 10, 2009 2:34 am

      You all should also know about a wonderful new Mandarin immersion school which opened last fall across the bay in Berkeley, Shu Ren International School. They use the International Baccalaureate curriculum, and now have Pre-K through 1st grade and will add a grade each year through 8th grade. Their website is:

    6. elizabethweise permalink*
      February 10, 2009 6:42 pm

      HI All,
      Do we have any parents from these programs who will be attending the Chinese Education Conference in San Francisco March 13 – March 15? We’ve got a panel discussion on how parents can support their children and their children’s schools and we would love to have parents from programs outside of San Francisco participate. If you’re going or know someone who is, please contact Beth Weise at

    7. July 15, 2009 10:52 pm

      Pasadena Unified School District in southern California is beginning dual-immersion programs in Sep. 2009, with the Mandarin program located at Burbank Elementary. Space is still available in these Kindergarten and 1st grade classes. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, City Terrace Elementary School has a Mandarin dual-immersion program.

    8. Michelle permalink
      August 17, 2009 8:19 am

      There are at least 3 so far in the Denver Metro Area:

      Denver International School (private, Denver, 3yrs – 5th grade)
      Colorado International School (private, Denver, 3yrs – 8th grade)
      Global Village Academy (public charter, Aurora, k-8)

      Another K-8 public charter, Denver Language School is scheduled to open in 2010

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