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Pasadena-area District fills through immersion

May 15, 2016
Kindergarten teacher Steve Cook  works with students on identifying Mandarin characters in the Dual Language Mandarin Immersion Program at Plymouth Elementary School in Monrovia on Tuesday May 10, 2016. Te program was created, in part, to offer a unique program that could help offset declining enrollment. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Pasadena Star News)
Kindergarten teacher Steve Cook works with students on identifying Mandarin characters in the Dual Language Mandarin Immersion Program at Plymouth Elementary School in Monrovia on Tuesday May 10, 2016. Te program was created, in part, to offer a unique program that could help offset declining enrollment. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Pasadena Star News) 

MONROVIA >>In a few short years, a dual-immersion Spanish program propelled one elementary school into the fastest growing campus in the Monrovia Unified School District, and now officials hope a new Mandarin language program could have a similar effect.

At a time when local school districts are experiencing declining enrollment, and some are considering consolidating and closing campuses, districts are looking for ways to brand themselves and their individual schools, Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said.

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