The Mandarin Chinese Dual Immersion Program at Ohlone is designed to develop full bilingualism in Mandarin and English. English-speaking students and native Mandarin speakers are taught together using Mandarin and English instruction to develop bilingual academic fluency.
The program began as a 3-year pilot program in the fall of 2008 with two K-1 classes at Ohlone. In the 2012-2013 school year, the expansion was complete with two classes at each combined-grade level (K/1, 2/3, 4/5).
The program aims to:
- Develop bilingual proficiency and literacy in Mandarin and English
- Promote academic achievement at or above grade level in both languages
- Foster positive cross-cultural attitudes
Grade-level descriptions are available for download: