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Chinese Immersion School

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2200 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: (541) 790-5575  |   Fax: (541) 790-5505

Grades: K–4 in 2020–21, adding one grade each year
2021–22 Enrollment: 115
Principal: Jennifer Hebard <hebard_j@4j.lane.edu>
Secretary: Mallory Whitaker <whitaker_m@4j.lane.edu>

School Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 7:55 a.m.–2:25 p.m.
Friday: 7:55 a.m.–1:10 p.m.

School Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch Menu
Free for all students in 2021–22

Middle School Program: Kennedy (starting in 2022)
High School Program: Churchill (starting in 2025)

K–12 Language Immersion Program:
The Chinese Immersion School was founded in 2017, starting with grades K–1, and is growing by one grade each year. In future years, students will continue in the Chinese language immersion program at Kennedy Middle School for grades 6–8 and at Churchill High School for grades 9-12.

Mission Statement:
The Chinese Language Immersion School provides a rigorous, supportive Mandarin immersion program that enables our students to become biliterate in Mandarin and English, providing students 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, sensitivity to people who speak other languages and a multicultural perspective
  • 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 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 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
  • Building students’ 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 (standards-based measurement of proficiency) language tests.
  • Continue to recruit and hire highly qualified bilingual teachers.

Location Note: 

Chinese Immersion Elementary has moved from the Crest Drive school site to a remodeled wing of Kennedy Middle School, starting in summer 2021. 

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