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In San Francisco? Got a Kindergartner or First Grader and want Mandarin immersion?

November 14, 2015

Starr KingOpenings in SFUSD’s Mandarin Immersion Program

San Francisco Unified School District’s Mandarin Immersion program is a unique opportunity for students to not only learn Mandarin, but learn in Mandarin.  SFUSD’s Mandarin Immersion program launched in 2006 with two kindergarten classes at Starr King Elementary School, and a year later, a third kindergarten class was added at Jose Ortega Elementary School.  Today, almost a decade later, the Mandarin Immersion program has been extended to include middle school at Aptos and high school at Lincoln.
Families interested in the Mandarin Immersion program are encouraged to apply for potential openings at Starr King and Jose Ortega during both Spring and Fall transfer periods.  No previous Mandarin exposure or background is necessary for students transferring in January or August, in either kindergarten or first grade.

Because families move during the school year and over the summer, its typical for openings to pop up at various times.  So even if the Mandarin Immersion classes start out full at the beginning of the year, and even if your child did not get into either Starr King or Jose Ortega at the beginning of the school year, you are still encouraged to submit a Spring or Fall transfer request.

The deadline to apply for Spring (January) transfer is November 18, 2015.  To apply for Spring (January) transfer, submit an application, in person, to the Educational Placement Center at 555 Franklin Street, Room 100.  The Spring transfer application can be found here:  More information about the Spring transfer process can be found here:

The deadline to apply for Fall (August) transfer is January 15, 2016.  To apply, submit an application, in person, to the Educational Placement Center at 555 Franklin Street, Room 100  The application can be found here:  More information about new-school-year transfers can be found here:

IMPORTANT – If you miss these formal deadlines, but are still interested in Mandarin Immersion, you are still encouraged to submit an application to the Educational Placement Center, at any time.  Again, families move out of the district at various times during the year, so it does not hurt to let EPC know of your family’s interest in Mandarin Immersion.



對沈浸式雙語教學方式有意之家長們,歡迎向學校Starr King及Jose Ortega於春季或秋季二學期期間提出轉學申請。

轉學申請截止日期:春季班入學: 2015年11月18日。

秋季班入學: 2016年1月15日。




对沈浸式双语教学方式有意之家长们,欢迎向学校Starr KingJose Ortega于春季或秋季二学期期间提出转学申请。

转学申请截止日期:春季班入学: 20151118日。

秋季班入学: 2016115

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