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Group working to start Mandarin immersion program in San Jose, Calif.

July 19, 2014

NOTE: THE MEETING IS JULY 27 The group will be holding a community meeting Sunday July 27 at 3pm.
It will be in Q84 Mary Campbell Room, Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave, Campbell CA 95008.
Their website and Facebook information is and

Wei Yu International Charter School

The Wei Yu International Charter School will provide a challenging and comprehensive learning environment for Kindergarten through eighth grade students, preparing them to be lifelong learners and engaged global citizens. The school mission is to:

  • ●  Provide a bilingual and biliterate education that cultivates students’ emotional intelligence, wonder, and curiosity
  • ●  Promote high academic achievement, civic and moral responsibility, and a sense of accountability so that students are primed to be productive citizens in a dynamic global societyWei Yu International Charter School will be a K-8 public charter Mandarin Chinese immersion school located in West San Jose. We are currently petitioning in the Moreland School District. The school is slated to open in the fall of 2015 with two classes of kindergarten and two classes of first grade.We will utilize a Mandarin Chinese immersion model. Students will be offered a challenging, Common Core-aligned curriculum starting with 80% instruction in Mandarin Chinese and 20% in English. Children will initially receive more instruction in Mandarin Chinese because it will take more effort to learn a foreign language in an English dominant society. Based on the model, subjects taught in Mandarin Chinese will gradually transfer to English in upper grades.

    Wei Yu International will offer a well-rounded, world-class education including programs in the arts, music, and physical education. Wei Yu International’s education program will be based on the most current research and best practices in high performing schools. We will employ technology as a tool for learning, research, and production. Our students will develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, creativity, communication, and cultural awareness.

    The founding families of Wei Yu International Charter School include professionals in education, technology, finance, business, and law who recognize that the world is an interconnected environment and are passionate about creating an opportunity for our children to be fully prepared as global citizens in the 21st century.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jason alderman permalink
    October 4, 2014 9:33 pm

    This is ridiculouse! Last I checked we are in America. Speaking English and our culture is important for kids to learn as well!
    We need to realize that people come to the United States for a reason and respect this country. Not to change it.

    We need to utilize and allocate better resources to help our exsisting schools prosper and grow. Not a chinese factioned nationalististic approach that creates division amongst our culture.

    Thank you

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      October 4, 2014 9:49 pm

      Would you feel the same about French immersion? Or an arts magnet?

    • Jay Tee permalink
      May 28, 2015 8:18 am

      It is NOT ridiculous. The kids’ English will be just as good if not better (still) than their counterparts who haven’t been immersed in other languages. These are Asian families, don’t you worry the kids will be just fine in everything else besides their Mandarin and their prospects as a global citizen.

  2. Jenny Delapena permalink
    May 1, 2015 8:17 pm

    san jose and campbell already have spanish immersion programs, cupertino has a mandarin immersion program…if you check the job boards, there is an increasing number of jobs that are looking for bilingual employees in many languages. We need to prepare our english-only kids to have those jobs

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