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Chinese immersion thriving in western Michigan

March 5, 2019

Greenville Public Schools Chinese Immersion Program

http://www.gpsjackets.org/academics/chinese-immersion-program

Greenville Public Schools is located in one of Michigan’s prime living areas, between Grand Rapids and Lansing. The district includes the city of Greenville and parts of seven townships in three counties in West Michigan. It has a history of strong education, many recreational areas, and industrial opportunities. Proximity to Grand Rapids provides many cultural, recreational, and educational advantages. It is 133.6 square miles in size and has a population of about 18,000. Our immersion program is the only one in our intermediate school district.

Plans for Mandarin immersion in Greenville began with the district’s participation in the China Bridge Program. A partnership between our school district and the College Board’s Chinese Guest Teacher Program was formed, and the first group of students began learning Mandarin in 2012. Staff, community members, and parents work together to ensure that immersion students receive the education necessary to participate as responsible global citizens in an ever-changing world. Currently, more than 300 students are learning about Chinese language and culture in grades K–6.

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