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First whole-school Mandarin immersion program to open in North Carolina

March 14, 2018

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In the fall of 2018 the East Voyager Academy will open in Charlotte, N.C. It will be the first whole-school Mandarin immersion school in the state, joining eight others.

The charter school is launching with Pre-K to Grade 4 for the 2018-2019 school year and will add a grade each year until Grade 8. It will use simplified characters and begin with a 75%/25% Mandarin to English ratio.

Just last month the new school’s Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Tim Murph would be its founding Principal. He has previously served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director in numerous school districts, both traditional and charter.

Charlotte has one other school offering Mandarin immersion, Waddell Language Academy, which is a K – 5 magnet school which has four language immersion programs – Chinese, French, German or Japanese. The city also has Spanish K – 8 immersion programs at Collinswood Language Academy and Oaklawn Language Academy.

For more about East Voyager Academy, please see their website here.


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