The Forest Hills Public Schools Mandarin Immersion Magnet Program is 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. Today, we celebrate the program’s growth with 300+ students enrolled!
Learners in grades K-4 experience a 50/50 One-Way Immersion Model. Upon entrance to grade five, the program shifts to an intensive Mandarin Language & Literacy Block, designed to build upon the K-4 base and further deepen oral speaking, listening, reading, and writing capacity in Mandarin.
Transportation is available to Mandarin Chinese Immersion students who reside in the Meadow Brook Elementary School attendance area in grades K-4. Families not residing in the Meadow Brook attendance area provide transportation for their students to and from school. Transportation for in-district students may be provided utilizing regional bus stops for Mandarin Chinese Immersion students in grade five or higher. Questions regarding transportation should be directed to the FHPS Transportation Department.
Please click here to see the Mandarin Chinese Immersion & Continuing Study Program Update Presentation for information and reflections on our state of the program.
Please click here to read recent articles about the Mandarin Chinese program and its partnership with Western Michigan University for students to earn a free college minor from WMU in Chinese language. The story was covered by School News Network and the Grand Rapids Business Journal.
For information on SOPA, consider viewing the website for the Center for Applied Linguistics on this particular assessment.