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Coronado offers Mandarin immersion program


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  • Michelle Reese/Higley Unified School District

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Higley Unified School District’s Coronado Elementary School is planning to offer a Mandarin immersion program for kindergarten and first-grade students next school year, with an additional grade added each year in the future.

“Students who speak English and Mandarin can communicate with 50 percent of the world’s population,” Principal Dr. Mai-Lon Wong said of one of the many benefits to learning Mandarin.

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Student holding the number 5 in Chinese.
Courtesy Carlos Espinoza/Higley Unified School District

In Coronado Elementary School’s Mandarin Choice Program, students will be taught math and science by a native Mandarin speaker, while the language arts and social studies will be taught primarily in English.

Parents can learn more during informational meetings to be held over the next few months at 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.:

  • Jan. 16, Sue Sossaman Early Child Development Center cafeteria, 18655 E. Jacaranda Blvd., Queen Creek.
  • Feb. 11, Coronado Elementary School library, 4333 S. De Anza Blvd., Gilbert.
  • Feb. 27, Elona P. Cooley Early Child Development Center cafeteria, 1100 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

An additional meeting will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Coronado Elementary School during Kindergarten Round-Up.

For more information, contact Mandarin Office Assistant, Ting Sun, at (480) 279-6900