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.

The Mandarin Language Learning Pathway is offered at Columbia River High School, home of the International Baccalaureate program. This school offers college-level coursework and a learning focus of international mindedness and global competence.

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

Pathway features


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

Dual credit

Dual credit opportunities are available through International Baccalaureate courses.

College credit

Students can earn college credit and higher placement in college courses


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.


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


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


Global virtual relationships and communication opportunities are available to students.

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.

Classes offered