At the elementary level, students are immersed in the target language. Beginning in kindergarten, approximately 90 percent of instruction will be in Mandarin and 10 percent in English to facilitate early Mandarin Chinese language acquisition and literacy development.
As students transition to higher grades at the elementary level, more of the instruction shifts to English, so that in the upper grades, there will be 50/50 Mandarin/English instruction.
At the middle school level, students receive two periods of instruction in Mandarin. At VPS middle schools, world language courses are taken as electives.
At the high school level, students receive one period of Mandarin instruction.