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Costa Mesa, Calif. to get Mandarin Immersion program

April 13, 2015

Mandarin, Spanish, arts, sciences: Schools showcase special programs

Costa Mesa, CA, United States

By Nicole Knight Shine
April 2, 2015 | 7:04 p.m.
Although her son is only 5, Sherrie Papa already sees a bilingual education as key to the boy’s future.

“You need more than one language,” said Papa, 39, as she looked over bilingual program brochures Wednesday night at an informational event hosted by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

The event was meant to let Newport-Mesa parents know about a raft of new academic programs for district students entering kindergarten and high school. Some of the programs emphasize bilingual education, while others focus on specific subjects, such as the arts, engineering and science.

In booths scattered around in the Costa Mesa High School quad, school principals and teachers fielded parents’ questions. More than 200 people turned out, organizers said.

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