Students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and eighth-graders in the partner districts will have an opportunity to study Mandarin beginning in the fall. The first class meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Aug. 15.
The district will offer a Beginning Mandarin I class through an introductory afterschool program tentatively scheduled 6-8:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, pending sufficient student sign-ups. The class time may change to accommodate as many students as possible.
The class will be a standard 10-unit course that meets UC and CSU requirements for high school students. Eighth-grade students may enroll in the class but cannot earn high school credits. Enrollment will be capped at 36, with high school students having priority.
The movement for Mandarin classes was brought to the district’s attention earlier this year when a group of parents requested the program. In the past, the district has included a Mandarin program with little success.
“I have to praise the district for the wonderful job they did to make this a cooperative, smooth transition,” said Jeannie Choi, an invested parent. “Without them we couldn’t move forward. This time we are taking the program very seriously and there is strong interest in this program.”
The program’s potential depends on interest and enrollment in the course next year and beyond. If the response is high, the district will approve a sustainable, four-year program. For the 2012-2013 school year, both Los Altos and Mountain View high schools will include Mandarin I and II as potential classes on their respective course-selection worksheets.
Applications are available at www.sites.google.com/site/mvlachinese2011. Once the application is completed, return it by mail or in person to the Educational Services department at the District Office, 1299 Bryant Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040. Applications will be accepted until July 15.
For more information, visit www.sites.google.com/site/mvlachinese2011.