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Double the number of students that can fit sign up for Mandarin in Vancouver

February 17, 2011

High interest in Mandarin classes in Vancouver (UPDATED)

 

By Janet Steffenhagen 16 Feb 2011 COMMENTS(5) Report Card

Vancouver’s new Mandarin bilingual program has attracted almost twice as many students as it can accommodate.

The program received 112 applications for 68 spaces – 22 in kindergarten, 22 in a K-1 split and 24 in Grade 1.

Associate superintendent Val Overgaard told the Vancouver Courier the district expected a lot of interest. “We knew going into registration time that there were many interested parents as they had been calling to ask when the program would start,” she’s quoted as saying. “It’s good news to have such a large group of interested parents, and bad news that we will have to turn some away.”

The program is expected to open in September at John Norquay elementary, where the district intends to add one grade each year. The only similar program is in Coquitlam, and demand there has also outstripped supply.

For details on the alternative programs offered in Vancouver schools, go to the agenda for a Wednesday committee meeting and click on the District Specified Alternative Programs link. There are 23 such programs in secondary schools and six in elementary schools – not counting French immersion. Only Kitsilano secondary and University Hill secondary do not have district programs, although Kits has French immersion and University Hill offers a program in conjunction with UBC called University Transition.

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