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Getting the high school portion right

October 9, 2013

Montgomery County has the oldest public Mandarin immersion program in the United States. Most MI programs seem to be converging on having student take and pass the AP Chinese test in high school, which requires a year or two of high-level Chinese in high school. Not allowing kids who’ve been in immersion for nine years already to continue to the end point is a real problem. It’s the kind of issue that tends to come up with school districts don’t get the K – 12 nature of our programs.

Beth

Parents say language-immersion students hurt by transfer policy changes

Exemptions sought so they can pursue higher-level studies

By Lindsay A. Powers Staff Writer
 Parents of language-immersion students say they deserve an exemption from proposed changes to the Montgomery County Public Schools’ transfer policy.

The changes, meant to prevent overcrowding at some high schools, would hinder their children’s ability to continue upper-level language studies from elementary and middle school-level immersion programs, the parents say.

The school board’s policy committee is set to next discuss comments submitted regarding the changes at its Tuesday meeting.

One proposed change to the transfer policy would require a student who attended a middle school that is not their neighborhood school to reapply to continue on to a high school in the same cluster.

A family who wants to transfer their child to another school must prove a significant hardship to be granted a Change of School Assignment (COSA).

Please read more here.

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  1. October 13, 2013 7:59 am

    Reblogged this on Utah Mandarin Immersion Parent Council and commented:
    Some perspective from our sister-organization in San Francisco about the K-12 nature of Chinese immersion programs.

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