Saint Paul Public Schools offers a Mandarin Immersion Program at Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy.
The Mandarin Immersion Program provides instruction in Mandarin across all core subject areas in order to produce bilingual, biliterate, and multibultural citizens of the world. Students master grade-appropriate subject content, become fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and develop skills at or beyond standards set for English-only programs. The curriculum in the Mandarin Immersion Program includes a s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) focus. Kindergarten and 1st grade students are taught predominately in Mandarin. Similarly, 2nd through 5th grade students receive most of their instuction in Mandarin, but also receive 50 minutes of English language arts daily, gradually moving to 90 minutes daily in 4th and 5th grade.
Here is What to Expect:
Teachers: Teachers in the Mandarin Immersion program are native speakers of Mandarin and fluent in both Mandarin and English. Teachers receive intensive and meaningful professional development to ensure effective teaching of language through the content areas.
Curriculum: All elements of the curriculum are taught in Mandarin in the early primary grades. A daily period of English language arts is added beginning in Grade 2. STEM-focused curriculum using Mandarin as the language of instruction is embedded throughout the grades.
Parents: The program offers a rich and culturally diverse adventure for students and parents. Parents are encouraged to support the learning of their students by giving them every opportunity to hear and practice Mandarin and to participate in Chinese cultural activities outside the school day. Many ways to assist their children is given to parents to enable them to help and support their students.
Who Can Participate? The Mandarin Immersion program seeks to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities. All students are eligible to apply. Transportation will be provided for students living within the Saint Paul Schools district boundaries. Come and join us! 你也来学吧！Note: after 2nd grade, incoming new students will be assessed for grade level proficiency in Chinese to ensure students' ability to be successful in the program.
Why Learn Mandarin? Mandarin is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and of Taiwan; it is spoken and understood in many countries in Asia. Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world. Learn Mandarin...
- To gain a deeper understanding of the rich culture and history of Chinese society
- To gain competence in the Mandarin language and Chinese culture to be prepared for engagement in a future involving China
- To gain valuable communication skills that will be an asset to the social, academic and professional world of the United States and abroad
- 学汉语很好玩! Learning Mandarin is fun!
Why STEM? The Mandarin Immersion Program has a focus on Science, 科学 Technology, 科技 Engineering, 工程 and Mathematics 数学. The STEM-focused Mandarin Immersion program couples the goal of language proficiency with that of strength in a number of valuable content areas. Students in the program will learn to view practical problems with the mind and eyes of a scientist, a mathematician and an engineer. They will undertake engineering design challenges, use critical thinking skills to solve problems, and conduct experiments – all with Mandarin as their means of communication.
Students of both the Mandarin and Spanish Immersion programs (see below) will continue their immersion studies at Highland Park Middle School and Highland Park Senior High within the MYP/DP-IB* framework.
Expect a challenge. Expect to enjoy it.
To enroll your child:
Contact: Student Placement Center, 2102 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55114 --- Phone: 651-632-3700