Chinese Immersion Program
Ms. Ellie Kleinman
K/1st Grade - Ms. Xia & Ms. Gan
2nd/3rd Grades - Ms. Gretz & Ms. Wong
4th/5th Grades - Ms. Wang & Ms. Glass
College Gardens Elementary School has taught a partial immersion Chinese program since the 2005-2006 school year. In this program, students spend half their day being taught in Mandarin Chinese and the other half in English. Immersion students also receive 30 minutes of direct language instruction in Mandarin each week. In the Chinese immersion program language is the medium for teaching content rather than the subject of instruction.
College Garden's is a county-wide immersion program, meaning that any student who is a resident of Montgomery County can apply for a space via an MCPS lottery system. Parents may apply to this program for their child beginning in kindergarten. Students remain in the program until fifth grade, after which they can continue in the Chinese immersion program at Hoover Middle School.
The Chinese immersion program allows students to develop sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic heritage of other groups, understand their influence on American culture, and become prepared to participate in a society characterized by linguistic and cultural diversity.
Please contact Ms. Eleanor Kleinman, CGES Chinese Immersion Coordinator, if you have any questions.