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Mandarin Bilingual

The Vancouver School Board offers two Mandarin Bilingual programs:
Early Mandarin Bilingual  at Norquay Elementary and Mandarin Bilingual currently at Jamieson Elementary

Early Mandarin Bilingual Program (Gr K-7)

The Early Mandarin program is located at Norquay Elementary School. It 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 and 50% in English.

View Program Brochure

Kindergarten registration general information

Grades 1- 7 Application Form

Program information on John Norquay Elementary school site

Choice Program Information Sessions


The Mandarin Bilingual Program (Gr 4 - 7)

This program is offered to students from grade 4 to grade 7. The core curriculum for this program is taught in English. Mandarin is taught through Mandarin Language Arts. The program will develop Mandarin oral communication skills along with reading and writing skills using Chinese characters. 

Most students start in grade 4. Students entering grades 5 and 6 with some Chinese literacy skills will also be considered if space is available.

Grades 4, 5 and 6 Application Form

Click here for more information about the current Mandarin Bilingual Program at Jamieson Elementary

Choice Program Information Sessions


UPDATE: Mandarin Bilingual Program Move

The District is relocating the Mandarin Bilingual choice program from Jamieson Elementary to Trudeau Elementary and will restore the program to five classes.  This change will occur over the next four years.

The District is committed to ensuring the long-term viability of this important choice program. Currently, the District offers an elementary Mandarin Bilingual program at Jamieson Elementary for Grade 4 to 7 students. Due to increased population in the Jamieson catchment, the Mandarin Bilingual program was reduced from five classrooms to four to accommodate in-catchment Jamieson students.  Given increased enrolment in the Jamieson catchment, the District projects that if the Mandarin Bilingual program is not relocated the program will continue to decline in enrolment, until it is no longer viable. 

An information session providing more details about this program move will take place on January 8, 2020 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at both Jamieson and Trudeau Elementary schools.

The District would like to know if you are interested in enrolling your child in Mandarin
Bilingual, which begins in Grade 4. Please provide your feedback at mb.ethelo.net. This 5-
minute survey will help the District to determine interest in the Mandarin Bilingual program in elementary schools and help guide whether the program should be expanded in the future. The survey is open until December 20, 2019.

For more details on the Choice Program move, click here.  


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