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Mandarin Bilingual Program

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. 

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 Mandarin Bilingual Program helps students

  • Learn Mandarin in an effective and challenging way
  • Participate in rich Mandarin cultural learning experiences
  • Meet new friends
  • Learn a second language that will give students an edge in the working world
  • Participate with motivated students in a high energy environment! Join a unique program! 

Application Forms 

Application for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted at our school office November 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. 
The Mandarin Bilingual program is a uniquechoice program - core curriculum is taught in English, and Mandarin is delivered through Mandarin Language Arts. All requirements of the BC curriculum are covered - the program starts in grade 4 and continues through to grade 7.  

This Program is Designed for Students Who

  • Are residents of Vancouver
  •  Are fluent in English and have strong English reading and writing skills
  • Will be entering grade 4 in September and do not have Chinese literacy skills
  •  OR If there is space, are entering Grade 5 and 6 and have appropriate Chinese Literacy Skills for specific Grade group openings. 

The Program Will help Develop…

  • Mandarin oral communication skills for a variety of situations
  •  Reading and writing skills using Chinese characters

High School Continuation

The program continues at Eric Hamber Secondary School

Class Size

The number of students in each class follows the BC Ministry class size regulations.

Application Information

Applications for admission to the Mandarin Bilingual Program that are received at Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary or Pierre Elliott Trudeau School no later than Friday, January 31, 2020 by 3:00 PM will be included in the current year's placement process.  Applications are available at Jamieson Elementary School beginning Friday, November 1, 2019.  A complete application includes a complete VSB Grade 1-7 District Programs Application Form (link to form: District Programs Application Form) and the student's most recent report card.

The application does not constitute registration.  The following selection procedure will apply to all the applications. If there are more applicants than placement spaces, applicants that have a sibling who is currently attending the program and will continue attending the program next year will be enrolled first. Names of all other applicants will be entered into a random draw for remaining spaces. Students that cannot be accommodated will be placed on a wait list in the order in which their name is drawn.

Parents/Guardians will be informed of acceptance by a confirmation letter and must contact the school by the date mentioned to confirm placement.  Parents who might be away when contact is made, should include alternate telephone numbers on their application form.  Anyone moving is responsible for ensuring their new address and telephone number are provided to the school.   

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