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To support the district’s language program goals of high academic achievement, bilingual/biliteracy skills and global competence, VPS offers opportunities for continued Mandarin study for students who have completed the Mandarin Language Learning Program in elementary school and Mandarin Language Learning Pathway in middle school.

Starting in fall 2018, the Mandarin Language Learning Pathway will be offered at both Columbia River High School, home of the International Baccalaureate program, and at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies. Each of these schools offers college-level coursework and a learning focus of international mindedness and global competence. Students who have participated in the Mandarin program at Jason Lee Middle School will be able to choose which of these schools they would like to attend based on their goals beyond high school.

Students who do not reside within either high school’s boundaries must apply for a boundary exception. Boundary exceptions will be approved for Mandarin Language Learning Pathway students.

Pathway features

Cohort

Students continue their education alongside the peers with whom they started the program.

Dual credit

Dual credit opportunities are available through Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.

College credit

Students can earn college credit and higher placement in college courses

Communication

Students have opportunities to talk with native Mandarin speakers from other countries.

Seal of biliteracy

Students may earn a Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma.

Partnership

Partnerships with other language programs help shape the Mandarin Language Learning Pathway.

Travel

VPS is exploring partnerships to support student travel for learning purposes.

Global

Global virtual relationships and communication opportunities are available to students.

Fort Vancouver H.S. Center for International Studies

Students wishing to attend the Center for International Studies program at Fort Vancouver High School will be accepted at FVHS. FVHS is part of Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network. CIS is a school-wide model and no application is necessary. Upper-level AP Mandarin studies as well as Mandarin world language courses are available at Fort Vancouver High School. Students must earn 24 credits in order to graduate from high school.

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Columbia River High School

Students wishing to attend Columbia River High School to take Mandarin Chinese courses will be accepted at CRHS. If these students wish to enroll in the International Baccalaureate Program, they must apply separately to that program. Note that many CRHS students take IB courses without fully participating in the program. Students must earn 24 credits in order to graduate from high school.

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Contact

Allison Darke, resource coordinator
360-313-1020