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Newly updated for 2019 — we’re up to 277 Mandarin immersion programs in the United States

January 2, 2019



Chinese class work posted on a hallway bulletin board in a Mandarin immersion school in California.

I spent New Year’s Day updating my list of Mandarin immersion programs after following up on the information and leads readers, parents, teachers and administrators so kindly send me about what’s happening in Mandarin immersion.  Here’s the newly updated list. We’re up to 277 U.S. programs, including a few that will launch this coming fall.

To see the full list, click on the link below. It will open a spreadsheet that contains all the schools I have information about. And you can always go to the page of this blog that the list lives on, which is here.

Mandarin immersion program list 2019-01-01


  • Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, Poway Unified School District, San Diego
  • AXIS International Academy, Ft. Collins, CO (opening Fall 2019)
  • Camelot Prep, Orange, CA K – 12 Private.
    • I had been told by a parent that this school had diminished the amount of Mandarin taught and had deleted it previously. The schools says otherwise. Trying to find other parents to get a better sense of the school and its focus but I’m adding it back in for now.
  • Chief Sealth International High School 
    • This is the high school portion of Seattle Public Schools’ Mandarin immersion program. It begins at Beacon Hill Elementary and Dearborne Elementary schools, continues at Mercer Middle School and then finishes at Chief Sealth. [Note: Sealth is pronounced See-ELTH. And he was indeed the Salish chief after whom the city was named.]
  • Cornerstone Mandarin Immersion Program, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Pacific Academy, K – 12, Irvine, Calif.
  • Polis Montessori World School, private, New York City

International Additions:

  • No. 28 Primary School in District 5  in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    • This is an elementary and possible middle school (K-8, I think) in Argentina.  The only information I could gather was from a news article here.
  • Luyanzi College Kampala, Uganda
    • This is a school that teaches Mandarin and may be immersion. While it’s called a college, what I can glean from its website and the article about it online makes it seem as if it’s more a high school-college, which isn’t uncommon in many parts of the world. But not fully clear. It has a website, though it’s not always up. There’s also an article up about it here.


  • Plantation Elementary School in Lafayette, La.
    • Has changed its name to Cpl. Micheal Middlebrook Elementary


  • UC iPrep Charter Academy, Los Angeles.
    • Closed abruptly on August 22, 2018
  • Worldspeak, Los Angeles
    • Removed as a parent told me it is only preschool and Kindergarten. Waiting to hear back from the school.


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