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Wellness Integrity Chinese Immersion Respectful Benevolence Wisdom

Grades: K–7 in 2023-2024, adding one grade each year

K–12 Language Immersion Program: Will grow to a K–12 program at Kennedy Middle School and Churchill High School

Mission Statement:
The Chinese Language Immersion School provides a rigorous, supportive Mandarin immersion program which enables our students to become biliterate in Mandarin and English. The program also provides them opportunities to develop strong cross-cultural understanding and appreciation for Chinese culture with the goal of becoming productive global citizens.

Program Description:
Research indicates bilingual students gain deeper insights into ways of thinking and expressing themselves. Learning two languages increases the strength of literacy in both. Skills acquired include:

  • High level of proficiency in literacy and math skills in both English and Mandarin
  • Appreciation of multiple cultures and sensitivity to people who speak other languages
  • Foundations of knowledge in other curriculum areas, such as science and social studies
  • Flexibility of thinking and creative problem solving

School Highlights:

  • 50/50 model: half of the school day is taught in Mandarin, and the other half in English
  • Science, math, Chinese language arts (reading, writing, speaking) in Mandarin and English language arts (reading, writing, speaking) in English
  • Commitment to literacy in English and Mandarin languages
  • Simplified Chinese characters (jianti hanzi) taught
  • Pinyin alphabet taught at 3rd grade
  • Commitment to excellent mathematics instruction and best practices
  • Commitment to cultural awareness and proficiency
  • Commitment to the Chinese and American visual and performing arts
  • Active parent involvement and outstanding parent organization
  • Develop an appreciation of Chinese culture through community partnerships with the University of Oregon, the Chinese American Benevolent Association and more
  • Participation in annual multi-cultural events such as Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Chinese New Year, Asian Celebration and Dragon Boat Festival

School Improvement Goals:

  • Students will demonstrate highly proficient biliteracy skills: speaking, writing, and reading in Mandarin and English.
  • Students will perform at or above grade level with peers on state, district and STAMP language proficiency tests.
  • Recruit and hire highly qualified bilingual teachers.

For more information, please see the video below: