As Mandarin Immersion programs are dual immersion program, the district reserved 50% of the slots for Mandarin speaking families. Historically neither MI school has filled those Mandarin speaking slots, so the district leaves them open after Round I.
(If your child is Mandarin-speaking and didn't get it, it's a glitch that can be fixed and you should get a slot. Neither school filled its Mandarin Kindergarten seats, so any Mandarin-speaking child *should* have gotten in. If your child didn't, contact the school, the district or the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council and we'll get it dealt with. We've already seen two children for whom this was the case and they've been able to quickly clear it up with the placement office.)
In Round 2 the computer checks for Mandarin speaking students that have applied to Starr King or Jose Ortega first and those students get in.
Any available slots left then go to children who speak English or other languages.
So there are in excess of 20 seats still open at both schools.
Because waitlist schools are run before the Round Two lists, families who really want Starr King or Jose Ortega should make it their waitlist school, not just put it on their Round Two list.
If you have more questions, call the school or contact the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council.