Some perspective from our sister-organization in San Francisco about the K-12 nature of Chinese immersion programs.
Montgomery County has the oldest public Mandarin immersion program in the United States. Most MI programs seem to be converging on having student take and pass the AP Chinese test in high school, which requires a year or two of high-level Chinese in high school. Not allowing kids who’ve been in immersion for nine years already to continue to the end point is a real problem. It’s the kind of issue that tends to come up with school districts don’t get the K – 12 nature of our programs.
Parents say language-immersion students hurt by transfer policy changes
Exemptions sought so they can pursue higher-level studies
The changes, meant to prevent overcrowding at some high schools, would hinder their children’s ability to continue…
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