Our unique one-bilingual-teacher model involves the same teacher conducting classes in both English and Mandarin, for a seamless transition during learning, while also providing the opportunity to explore content more deeply in both languages.
Our bilingual teachers and teaching assistants are fluent in both languages, serving as bilingualist role models, which supports the building of trusting relationships between students and teachers. This also allows for learning experiences to be more adaptive and supports student-led inquiry.
Bilingual students learn the same content as students in mainstream classes, with the main difference being that 50% of the content in Math and Unit of Inquiry (UOI) is delivered in Mandarin.
To ensure continuity of curriculum programming, teachers regularly collaborate with their grade-level colleagues to design lessons and share best instructional and assessment practices. The Bilingual Program teachers also consistently meet with the Mandarin teacher to ensure consistent language development in Mandarin, both within homeroom and the language block.
Students in the bilingual program come from all over the world, including the USA, Australia, France, Japan, Korea, Singapore, India, China, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. In such a diverse community, all learning together leads to a deep sense of belonging, as well as providing a safe environment to take risks and make mistakes.