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We’ve now got 264 Mandarin immersion schools in the United States

August 28, 2018

Mind you, a few of them don’t launch until next academic year, but every one on my newly-updated list seems very likely to start. The ones I’m not sure of I don’t include until they’re actually off the ground.

Here’s the full list: MIP list 2018-08-30.

August 28, 2018    Additions and changes.


  • East Light Academy opens in Charleston, SC. This is a sister school to East Link Academy in Greenville, SC, and I believe also to East Voyager Academy in Charlotte, NC.
  • Lam School, private K – 8 in Brooklyn, NY. This is the first U.S. outpost of a school with 5 campuses in Taipei in Taiwan.
  • International Montessori School, Durham NC. Had Spanish and French immersion. Added Mandarin immersion in the past few years. Trying to get more information.
  • Yi Hwang Academy of Language Excellence in Gwinnett Co., Georgia. Mandarin/Korean immersion opening in 2019-2020
  • Science, Language & Arts International School launching a private K – 8 Chinese immersion program in Brooklyn in 2019-2020. It has a Mandarin Pre-K in place now and a long-time French immersion program.
  • PS/IS 102Q Bayview School, Queens
    • I received a note from a parent at this school that 102Q has a new K-8 Mandarin immersion program. There’s nothing on the website to indicate it does and no one answers the phones, but that’s not uncommon with NYC schools. So, If anyone has more info on it, please pass along.


  • New name for Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, it’s now Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School,
  • Hopkins Public Schools in Hopkins, Minn.: Xin Xing Academy now feeds to a program at West Junior High which feeds to Hopkins High School. The Mandarin program is now up to 11th grade.
  • College Gardens Elementary School’s Mandarin immersion program in Rockville, Maryland has moved to Bayard Rustin Elementary School.





2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2019 10:58 pm

    Unfortunately East Light Academy in Charleston closed a few months after opening, due to low enrollment.

    102Q is listed as dual language chinese on NYC school finder, so its official !
    Also official (I’m on a phone and cant see MIP spreadsheet side by side, so will just list all except shuang wen which i know is oldest program) in NYC :
    ps 101 the verrazano k-5
    Ralph a fabrizio k-5
    Ps 250 george f Lindsay pk-5
    Ps 001 alfred e smith pk-5
    Ps 102 bayview pk-8
    Ps 163 flushing heights pk-6
    Ps 020 john bowne pk-5

    They are “true” dual immersion programs, whereby half the class must speak chinese at home. Most have geographic preference, and some may have low income preference.

  2. maria permalink
    June 21, 2019 12:23 pm

    My daughter goes to Hacienda Heights, CA, there is also a couple more in Pomona, Pasadena, temple city, walnut, west covina, and just found out about one opening in Ontario, CA this coming school year.

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