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LA’s new Mandarin program so popular it’s doubling the number of Kindergartens next year

June 10, 2011

Broadway Elementary school, in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, launched its Mandarin immersion program in Sept. of 2010 with two Kindergarten classes.

For the 2011-2012 year, the program has been so successful that they’re adding two more, for a total of four Mandarin immersion Kindergartens and two first grade classes.

“The Mandarin immersion program is going very, very well,” says Broadway principal Susan Wang. “It’s brought in a bunch of the most wonderful parents on Earth, they help out on everything. Broadway has been here since 1924 and now with the new parents coming in we have a booster club for the first time in its history.”

This year the school was able to raise a stunning $20,000 to support school programs, in just the organization’s first year. Its Spring Festival alone raised $13,000.

All four Kindergarten’s for next year are filled, with a total of 96 students, says Wang. But she’s creating a waiting list for families who may not be able to take their place. For more info about the school, go to its website here.

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