The director of the Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, China, as well as representatives from the Confucius Institute of Western Michigan University, toured Meadow Brook Elementary School, home of the kindergarten through fourth-grade Mandarin Chinese language immersion program. The visitors were impressed with the level of proficiency of the FHPS Chinese immersion students as well as their fluency, articulation, and understanding of the immersion language. In addition, Tim Shaw, the principal at Meadow Brook Elementary School, was honored by the Confucius Institute during their 10th-anniversary celebration at Western Michigan University. Shaw was recognized for his leadership and collaboration, which have greatly contributed to a successful and rewarding partnership between FHPS and CIWMU. WMU’s recognition event was a great celebration not only of the partnership that the Confucius Institute has maintained for 10 years with WMU but also of the partnership that has benefitted so many students in the Chinese immersion program in FHPS.
The Forest Hills Public Schools Mandarin immersion program was the first of its kind in West Michigan. The program began in 2008, bringing together Eastern and Western culture in order to provide a rich academic, linguistic, and cultural experience for students. The program is a kindergarten through 12th-grade curriculum housed in the Northern attendance area. For more information, and to learn about the program, visit our Mandarin immersion page on our website.