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58 Kindergarteners sign up for Mandarin immersion in Orange County

December 15, 2011

58 Kindergartners Apply to Learn Chinese

An early enrollment period nets nearly five dozen signups for for the county’s first public Mandarin Chinese immersion program, scheduled to start next fall in Capo Unified.

Fifty-eight kindergartners signed up for the county’s first public-school Mandarin Chinese immersion program during an extra-early enrollment period, the Capistrano Unified School District announced Monday.

The school district offered an uncharacteristically early application period between Dec. 1 and Dec. 9.

Thalia Tong, one of the parents leading the effort to start the program, reacted to the news: “That’s exciting. I have mixed emotions, though, because I want everybody to get in. It’s definitely a great start.”

The 58 applicants do not include any transfers from other school districts, said CUSD spokesman Marcus Walton.

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