Program Profiles

The Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network (CELIN)

Profiles of specific early language and immersion programs.

Featured Programs

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    Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, located in beautiful San Diego, California, is the only public school in the San Diego Unified School District that offers Mandarin immersion.
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    Located in the suburbs outside of the Delaware state capital, the Caesar Rodney School District is home to Delaware’s first Chinese immersion program, with almost 300 students in grades K–2 in 2015.
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    The Chinese World Language Program in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) was started in 1999, with 3 schools, and has grown to 45 schools with around 13,000 students.
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    Chinese American International School (CAIS) is a private, independent school in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Founded in 1981, CAIS is the earliest Mandarin-English dual language immersion school in the United States.
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    College Park Elementary School is a grade K–5 school in San Mateo, California. When Mandarin immersion was added to the Talented and Gifted Magnet program, the student population grew significantly.
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    The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University partners with 14 elementary and secondary schools in five school districts in Arizona to promote Chinese language learning. More than 4,000 students are studying Chinese in these programs.
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    The Cupertino Language Immersion Program (CLIP) is a Grades K–8 program in the Cupertino Union School District of Santa Clara County, California, and provides two-way immersion education in English and Mandarin for nearly 600 students.
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    The Delaware Department of Education supports Chinese Language Immersion programs, grades K–5, in 30% of eligible school districts across the state, involving 700 students and 32 teachers.
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    Denver Language School is the only K–8 public early total immersion charter school in Colorado that offers Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. The school opened in 2010 and has more than 830 students.
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    E.E. Waddell Language Academy is one of the oldest language immersion programs in North Carolina, offering immersion in Chinese in grades K–5 and Chinese Language Arts in grades 6–8.
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    The Forest Hills Public School District serves approximately 10,000 students. The Mandarin Immersion Program, which began in 2008, brings together Eastern and Western culture in order to provide a rich academic, linguistic, and cultural experience for students.
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    The Georgia Department of Education oversees more than 1.7 million students in 212 school districts. In the 2017–18 school year, 7,107 students from 57 districts were enrolled in Chinese language courses.
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    Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA) is an independent public charter school in Cleveland, Ohio. Opened in 2016, GALA is a Mandarin and Spanish immersion school, serving students in grades K–8.
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    The Glastonbury Public Schools' Foreign Language Program in Connecticut has been in existence for almost 60 years and serves students in grades P-12. The program is in one of the first cohorts to be recognized as a Confucius Classroom.
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    Greenville Public Schools is a rural district in West Michigan that has been offering Mandarin immersion to our students since 2012. Our staff, community, and families work together to ensure that our immersion students receive the education necessary to participate as responsible global citizens in an ever-changing world.
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    HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS), founded in 2005, is the first independent Mandarin and Spanish immersion school in the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan area.
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    The International School of Denver is a private, multicultural, multilingual school, which serves 700 students from age 3 to grade 8 in an inclusive, globally minded community.
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    The International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) is an independent school in the heart of the Silicon Valley that offers rigorous, dynamic bilingual programs in Mandarin Chinese and French to students from preschool through 8th grade.
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    Mandarin Immersion Magnet School (MIMS) is the first PreK–8 public school in Texas that is entirely dedicated to Mandarin immersion, following a 50/50 dual language immersion model.
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    Minnesota’s language immersion programs have enjoyed consistent growth in student enrollment in elementary school programs and in program extensions to middle and high school content courses.
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    Minnetonka Public Schools, a high-achieving school district in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, serves 10,000 students in grades K-12.
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    North Carolina has seen significant growth in the number of Chinese language classes offered in grades K-12, in immersion and other classes, face to face and online. A number of collaborative initiatives contribute to this growth.
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    The Northwest Chinese Academy is a 90/10 Mandarin immersion program in the Portland metropolitan area of Oregon. Founded in 2008, with 20 students and 6 teachers, the program now serves students in preschool through fifth grade.
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    In 2010-2014, Prince George’s County Public Schools, a large urban school district in Maryland, started a STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering, and math) Chinese language program at Paint Branch Elementary School in College Park.
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    The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is a tuition-free, regional public charter school in Hadley, Massachusetts, that prepares students for academic and personal success through rigorous study in English and Chinese.
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    Portland Public Schools is home to an innovative K-12 Mandarin immersion program that has multiple points of entry and pathways to advanced Chinese language proficiency.
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    Post Oak Academy is a PreK–6 International Baccalaureate Chinese immersion public school in Lansing, Michigan. Supported by a unique array of community partners, the school delivers extraordinary learning outcomes for all students.
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    Presidio Knolls School in San Francisco is an independent pre–K–8 grade school where the convergence of progressive education and Mandarin immersion ignites curiosity, connectedness, and engagement in the world.
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    Scenic Park Elementary School, in Anchorage, Alaska, hosts the state’s first-ever Chinese immersion program.
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    Seattle Mandarin Immersion Programs include programs at Beacon Hill International School, Dearborn Park International School, and Mercer International Middle School.
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    The Utah Chinese Dual Language Immersion Program is in place in the following 12 districts across the state of Utah.
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    Located within the Verona Area School District, currently the only public Chinese Immersion Charter School within the state of Wisconsin. Founded in 2010 and serving students in Kindergarten through grade 5.
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    Virtual Virginia is a program of the Virginia Department of Education, which offers Advanced Placement (AP®), world language, core academic, and elective courses to students across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S.
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    Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School is the only public elementary school in Washington, DC, to offer Mandarin Chinese language immersion. Yu Ying provides tuition-free, high-quality education to 551 students in grades pre-K–5.
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    The West Virginia Department of Education oversees more than 270,000 students in 55 school districts, and Chinese language and culture are taught in 30 schools in four school districts.
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    Yinghua Academy, a National Blue Ribbon School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the first Chinese immersion public charter school in the United States. Yinghua serves over 700 students in grades K-8.
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    Yu Ming Charter School is a tuition-free, K–8 public charter school in Oakland, California, the first public Chinese immersion school in the state.

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