Jose Ortega Elementary School, in the Ingleside neighborhood, has several openings in its 2nd grade Mandarin Immersion program for Fall 2009.
Starr King Elementary School, on top of Potrero hill, has several openings in its 3rd grade Mandarin Immersion program for Fall 2009.
This would be an excellent opportunity for children who come from families where Mandarin is spoken in the home, or who have been attending Chinese school.
There may also be a limited number of first grade (at Jose Ortega) and first and second grade (at Starr King) slots available as well.
Children joining in immersion programs after first grade will be tested for language competency by the San Francisco Unified School District's Educational Placement Office.
If you have questions about the Mandarin Immersion Program, feel free to contact Beth Weise, the president of the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about testing in, you'll need to contact the District's Educational Placement Center.