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Vancouver, Wash. Mandarin program changes boundaries

June 19, 2015

Boundary to change for popular Vancouver elementary school

Franklin Elementary hosts Mandarin immersion program

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter

Published: June 10, 2015, 10:00 AM

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Learn about Franklin Elementary’s Mandarin language immersion

The Vancouver Public Schools board approved a boundary adjustment Tuesday night that effectively will send 37 students from Benjamin Franklin Elementary School to the Fruit Valley Community Learning Center.

The boundary adjustment affects students who live west of Fruit Valley Road in Lakeside Mobile Estates. The mobile home park, 6610 N.W. Whitney Road, is 1.9 miles from the Fruit Valley school campus and 2.47 miles from the Franklin campus.

Incoming fourth- and fifth-grade students have the option to remain at Franklin Elementary until they are in middle school.

The school district is adjusting the boundary because of increasing enrollment demands at Franklin Elementary, which hosts the district’s Mandarin immersion program. Total enrollment at Franklin Elementary is 389 students. Of those, 238 students — 61 percent — are enrolled in the Mandarin immersion magnet program, said Franklin Principal Laura Dilley.

“A combination of the Mandarin program and some growth in the area have contributed to the need for portables,” said Todd Horenstein, the district’s assistant superintendent.

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