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Houston’s Mandarin immersion school

February 21, 2014

Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School

HOUSTON DUAL LANGUAGE SCHOOLS & ASIA SOCIETY

by Bernadette Verzosa

On a rainy winter evening, the end of a bustling school day, some parents gathered at Kim Harrington’s cozy cottage in West University Place. They were members of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at the Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School (MCLIMS).

Although the dual language school is only in its second year of operation, it has already garnered a respectable reputation for its strong PTO. And Harrington was coordinating the school’s Chinese New Year Festival. “Here’s an example of how involved the parentsare: we have 333 students, and 230 parents signed up to volunteer for the festival,” she says. “The parents contribute a lot. The teachers get help everyday with setting up materials for the classroom, so the teachers can devote more time to the students.”

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