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Kansas getting its first Mandarin immersion program

February 2, 2017

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The Sunflower State is getting its first Mandarin immersion program.

The Blue Valley School District, one of districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area, is opening an entirely new, whole-school Mandarin immersion program in the Fall of 2017.

The school, for now known only known as Elementary 23, will be home to a Kindergarten through fifth grade, 50/50 Mandarin immersion program with 60 students per grade.

Having a school district create a new Mandarin immersion program and give it not only its own building, but a newly built one – and make it a stand-alone school rather than a strand within a school – is something most programs can only dream of.

There’s ample evidence that whole-school programs, where the entire school takes part in the MI program instead of only a few classes being part of a larger, English-only school, is highly advantageous.

It’s exciting to see Blue Valley launch such a big, bold program at a time when other districts keep making programs deal with the difficulties of being a strand.

I’ll keep you posted on what I hear about the program.

 

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