Palo Alto school board members agreed Tuesday night that expanding an elementary school Mandarin immersion program to Jordan Middle School – filling a hole in the district in Mandarin instruction between elementary and high schools — is a common-sense decision that they support.
Staff brought a proposal to the board to begin a pilot expansion of Ohlone Elementary School’s popular Mandarin immersion program at Jordan this fall. The Ohlone program began in the fall of 2008 with 40 students and steadily grew to its targeted size of 124 by the 2012-2013 school year.
“We have all these kids, our warm bodies, in elementary school,” said board vice president Heidi Emberling. “A bridge is needed.”
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