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We’re up to 198 Mandarin immersion programs nationwide

September 8, 2015

I’m giving a talk for parents tonight for the Friends of Mandarin Scholars. They’re the parent group for College Park Elementary School, the Mandarin immersion program in San Mateo County, south of San Francisco. Looking forward to it – I spoke at their Gala fundraiser in the spring and it was *quite* the party

I was updating my PowerPoint and have a nice new graph showing the rise of Mandarin immersion programs across the nation since 1981, when the Chinese American International School was founded in San Francisco.

We’re up to 198 programs nationwide. And I know of three more that are supposed to come online next year, though more will undoubtably pop up as the year progresses.

Welcome all to a new school year, and more programs for our kids!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Paige permalink
    September 8, 2015 10:37 am

    This is great news but explains part of the reason we are having trouble finding qualified Mandarin teachers. Please can you do a post on how/where programs are getting their teachers? We want permanent teachers who will stay and become part of our school community, not guest teachers.

  2. September 8, 2015 10:25 pm

    Thanks so much to Beth for sharing this information at our FMS Parent Education Night! It is so exciting to see the growth in these programs, and hopefully the efforts and lessons learned among these programs will be shared along the way and build greater community support for our efforts. We truly appreciate all that you do to support the Mandarin immersion community continue to grow!


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