Utah Chinese language programs recognized as tops

Three of Utah’s Chinese language programs made the Asia Society’s top 100, including the Renaissance Academy, a charter school with immersion programs nurtured by Stacy Lyon, Utah’s new Chinese Immersion Director. The other Utah schools recognized are Syracuse Junior High School and West High School.

The “Confucius Classrooms” network of exemplary programs comprises more than 25,000 students at 100 elementary, middle and high schools in 27 states and DC. According to the Asia Society, “the network not only recognizes excellence in Chinese language teaching, it is also the beginning of an ongoing field-building process with the goal of establishing high-quality, sustainable Chinese language programs in all regions of the United States.”

Each “Confucius Classroom” works with a school in China to enhance instruction through exchanges and joint projects.

“The Network features online communities, targeted professional development for Chinese language teachers in the network, and annual Confucius Classrooms Network conference. The Network asks each school to implement an innovative project aimed at enhancing or expanding its Chinese language program, and to develop an ongoing partnership with a school in China,” said the Asia Society.

The Confucius Classrooms are:
AZ Catalina Foothills High School
AZ International School of Tucson
AZ Tucson High Magnet School
CA Ambassador School of Global Education
CA Redding School of the Arts
CA Semillas Community Schools
CO Global Village Academy
CT Center for Global Studies
CT Glastonbury Public Schools
CT Greenwich High School
CT Newtown High School
CT Simsbury Public Schools
CT Sunset Ridge Elementary Academy for Arts and World Languages
CT West Hartford public Schools
DC Washington International School
FL Charlotte County Public Schools
FL Safety Harbor Middle School
IA Kennedy High School
IL Consolidated School District 158
IL Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115
KY Fayette County Public Schools
KY Louisville Collegiate School
KY St. Francis High School
MA Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
MA Brooks School
MA Jonas Clarke Middle School
MA Medfield Public Schools
MA Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
MA Wood Hill Middle School – Andover Public Schools
ME Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School
MI Forest Hill Public Schools
MI Grosse Pointe Public School System
MI Oxford Community Schools
MI The Roeper School
NC Union County Public Schools
NH Keene High School
NJ Englewood Public Schools
NJ Lawrence High School
NJ Peddie School
NJ Piscataway High School
NJ Princeton High School
NJ The Pingry School
NJ Wardlaw-Hartridge School
NJ West Orange Public Schools
NV Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain
NV Clark County School District
NY East-West School of International Studies
NY Edward Bleeker JHS 185
NY Global Learning Collaborative
NY Henry Street School for International Studies
NY Herricks Public Schools
NY Jericho Public Schools
NY LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School)
NY Massapequa School District
NY Medgar Evers College Preparatory School
NY Nichols School
NY Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
NY Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District
NY Ramapo Central School District
NY Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services
OH Brooklyn City School District
OH Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools
OH Columbus School for Girls
OH Gahanna-Jefferson School District
OH Shaker Heights City School District
OH Winton Woods School District
OK Booker T. Washington High School
OK Heritage Hall
PA Academy at Palumbo High School
PA Central High School
PA Philadelphia High School for Girls
PA Sewickley Academy
PA The Hill School
TX Anderson High School
TX Houston Academy for International Studies
TX International High School at Sharpstown
TX International School of the Americas
TX Kolter Elementary
TX Mathis International School District
TX YES Prep Brays Oaks
TX Ysleta Independent School District
UT Renaissance Academy
UT Syracuse Junior High School
UT West High School
VA Collegiate School
VA George Mason High School, Falls Church City Public School
VA Tallwood High School
VT Arlington Memorial High School–Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union
WA Beacon Hill International School
WA Peninsula School District
WA Sammamish High School
WA Tyee Middle School
WI Kettle Moraine High School
WI Oconomowoc Area School District
WI School District of Janesville
WI University School of Milwaukee
WV Bridgeport High School
WV North Elementary
WY Natrona County High School

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