Chinese Immersion Program

Frequently Asked Questions


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Elementary Immersion County Information

Admission Information


Potomac Elementary School has taught a partial immersion Chinese program since 1996.  In this program, students spend half their day being taught in Chinese and the other half in English.  The Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) math and science curricula are taught in Chinese.  Reading, language arts and social studies are delivered in English.  Immersion students also receive one hour of direct language instruction in Chinese each week.  Students learn the language through the medium of instruction in Chinese.  They participate in classroom and hands-on activities in Chinese and naturally acquire the language.

Parents may select this program for their child beginning in kindergarten and first grade. Students remain in the program until fifth grade, after which they can continue in the Chinese immersion program at Hoover Middle School.  

Potomac is a local immersion program, meaning that students who reside within the geographic boundaries of the school are offered entry first.  Any remaining vacancies are then filled by out-of-area students via an MCPS lottery system.

In our increasingly interdependent world, there are many advantages to knowing two languages.  Chinese immersion offers a unique opportunity for children to acquire a high level of proficiency in Chinese at an early age.

We offer tours of the school and immersion program a few times per year. Please call the school at 240-740-4360 to register. 

Interest Meetings:

We will set up new dates for interest meetings during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Click here to see the slide show presentation from previous interest meeting.

Below is a recording of the meeting from March 23,2021.

The Chinese Immersion Team at Potomac

 Kindergarten/Grade 1 Mrs. Li Li 
 Grade 4 Mrs.Patricia Smith 
 Grade 2/3 Mrs. Caihong Cui
 Grade 5/Lead Teacher  Dr. Zhian Zhang