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California Mandarin immersion program founded in 2007 may be part of new neighborhood school

March 30, 2022

For Mandarin immersion families in the San Francisco Bay area, College Park Elementary School in the San Mateo-Foster City School District is a storied program.

Founded in 2007 as a way to draw families into an under-enrolled school, the program was placed at College Park Elementary School alongside the district’s Gifted and Talented Education program. In 2018 College Park Elementary School was named a California Distinguished School for its high academic performance. 

Now the school district is contemplating developing a new school campus with wraparound services in the North Central neighborhood of San Mateo where the College Park is located. The district has begun discussion with families currently into the school about what the change would look like.

Where or how the Mandarin and GATE programs will be relocated is not clear. Officials say the planning process will continue through June.

Please read more here.

Here’s a story about the district’s efforts to pass a bond measure that was being discussed in 2015.

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