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The state of Mandarin Immersion in 2017

April 8, 2017

By Elizabeth Weise

Mandarin immersion programs in the United States continue to expand, with nine new programs scheduled to launch in the fall of 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. For the coming school year, there will be at least 235 Mandarin immersion programs in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Here’s an update for the current State of Mandarin Immersion, based on the database of programs I maintain here. I have tried to keep it as up to date and accurate as possible, but if you find errors, please send me an email so I can correct them

March 2017 Numbers

Total schools as of the 2017-2018 school year          235

New schools for 2017-2018

Crest Elementary School Eugene OR
Northern Hills High School Grand Rapids MI
PUC International Preparatory Academy Los Angeles CA
Fred Newhart Middle Schoo Mission Viejo CA
Elementary 23 Overland Park KS
Serra campus Richmond CA
South Fork Elementary Rigby ID
Desert Canyon Elementary Scottsdale AZ
Mesa Elementary School West Covina CA

School type

Public                                                  170      72.3%

Charter                                                25       10.6%

Private                                                 40       17.0%

What grades

K – 5 or 6         149                  63.4%

K – 8                38                    16.1%

Middle school 35                    14.8%

K – 12               5                      2.1%

High School     7                      2.9%

Middle + High School  1          0.4%

TOTAL             235

Percent Time in Mandarin 

50/50                                      125      64.7%

More than 60%                       65        33.6%

80 and above                         59        30.5%

Strand versus whole school

Strand             164      84.9%

Whole             29        15.0%

 

Simplified/Traditional

Simplified       162      83.5%

Traditional      32        16.4%

Programs by State:

Of total, California is 24.6%, Utah is 19.1%

CA 58
UT 45
NY 12
AZ 10
MI 10
MN 10
NC 9
OR 9
CO 8
GA 8
IL 8
MD 7
WA 7
SC 5
DE 4
TX 4
NJ 3
DC 2
IN 2
MA 2
OK 2
AK 1
FL 1
ID 1
KS 1
LA 1
MO 1
OH 1
RI 1
WI 1
WY 1

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