Early Mandarin Bilingual

Mandarin Bilingual
Student Group:
K-7 Students

Parents of Kindergarten-aged students who are interested in the new Early Bilingual Mandarin program starting in September need to first register at their catchment school. Please view our Kindergarten registration procedures.

Information Session about the program will be held on January 19th, 5PM at John Norquay Elementary School

The Early Mandarin Program is located in Norquay Elementary School.  The program is a language instruction program where children learn the language and study in the language for part of the day.  The day is structured to allow 50% of time to be in Mandarin: Mandarin Language Arts, Music, Physical Education, and Career and Personal Planning. The program is intended for children who have fluency in English. 

Early Mandarin Bilingual (EMB) application - Kindergarten 

Please register at your English catchment school for Kindergarten, which starts in November,  then apply for the EMB program online starting January of the year your child will begin Kindergarten. For additional information, please go to http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten

To apply, you will need your child’s Personal Education Number (PEN) which you will receive in early January IF you have registered for kindergarten at your English catchment school. 

Applicants will be notified as to placement in February. All students are required to participate in an English Language Proficiency assessment, as this program is for children who have fluency in English. The assessment occurs in February prior to confirmation of placement.

Early Mandarin Bilingual is a District Program.

For children who would like to enter the program in Grade 1, download the Application Form