Chinese Immersion Programs
Updated November 2020
PPS has offered Chinese Dual Language Immersion Programs for more than two decades.
Woodstock Elementary offered the first Chinese Immersion program in 1998. Students at Woodstock continue to Hosford Middle School and go on to Cleveland High School for advanced level courses.
In 2014, Martin Luther King Jr. School began offering Chinese Immersion in response to parents who wanted a pathway for their children who had attended the Chinese Immersion preschool program through Albina HeadStart. In the fall of 2019, the innaugral class of MLK Jr. students moved on to 6th grade at the newly re-opened Harriet Tubman Middle School.
Our newest school to offer a Chinese Immersion program is Harrison Park K-8 in Southeast Portland.
An ethnography study, funded by The Language Flagship, examines the historical development of the PPS program, sets forth key components of the PPS model that other districts may replicate, and examines catalysts and disruptors to the language immersion model.
Here is an article from the Center for Global Education highlighting the Chinese Immersion Program at Portland Public Schools.
Below, you can watch videos about our Chinese Immersion Programs at MLK Jr. PK-8 School and Woodstock Elementary School.