Chinese Immersion

  • Downes Elementary School offers language immersion in Mandarin Chinese for Kindergarten through 5th-grade students as part of a statewide Dual Language Immersion Program.  The program was implemented at Downes Elementary in the 2013-2014 school year.
    This is an elementary immersion program, where students learn academic content through a second language. They learn the second language by encountering and using the language in multiple meaningful contexts. For example, students will have reading instruction in English but may have instruction in math and other subjects in Mandarin Chinese. Students will spend half of the school day immersed in English instruction, and half of the day in Chinese. Classes will have two teachers, one for each language, and will coexist with traditional instruction.
    Students will be able to continue their immersion experience through elementary school and into middle school.