Free Mandarin Classes for Sunnyvale Middle School Students this Summer


Sunnyvale School District will be offering a rich array of educational opportunities for Sunnyvale students this summer. The district’s focus on educating its students goes beyond the school year and into the summer months. These programs are made possible through partnerships with several community organizations.

As it has in years past, Sunnyvale School District continues to offer a vibrant Summer School for both elementary and middle school students. At the elementary level, the focus is on math, literacy, and oral language development with music and movement embedded in the lessons. At the middle school level, in addition to math and literacy, there is a Design Thinking science program and a rich Social Studies class that incorporates ‘Thinking like a Historian.’ SSD’s Summer School is run in partnership with the Stanford Teacher Education Program and the district has the honor of welcoming 96 teacher candidates to the world of education.

Additionally with a Stanford partnership, in this case with the Department of Foreign Languages, Sunnyvale is offering a Mandarin program for current 6th through 8th grade students. This program maximizes the students’ opportunities to succeed in future study of the Mandarin language and culture through an intensive immersion experience at the onset of their learning process. Classes will meet in Columbia Middle School and registration is open until filled.

A new partnership with the Family Engagement Institute at Foothill College has allowed the district to bring in a “Stretch to Kindergarten” program for a group of incoming Kindergarten students who have not participated in preschool. In addition to a 6- week classroom experience, the families of these students engage in Parent Education classes and go on field trips.

Lakewood’s incoming first and second grade students have an additional opportunity to enrich their literacy by participating in the Summer Learning Program, co-funded and supported by Y USA.

Finally, Girlstart and the Columbia Neighborhood Center are hosting two FREE, week-long summer camps, June 17-21 & June 24-28. Girlstart’s mission is to empower girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

There may be openings in the Middle School programs at Columbia Middle School. If interested, please contact your home school office.

Contributor: Mala Ahuja, Director of Instructional Services, Sunnyvale School District

Comments (4)

My son who is Grade 8 student this year is interested in learning foriegn language. Would you please help share some more details.

– Amit (262-352-1626)

Please contact your child’s school directly for information about the program. There is an information flyer available to all parents/students.

will Mandarin classes be offered this summer (of 2016)?

I’m would be interested in enrolling my 12 yr old – heading into 7th grade.

Hello Mr. Broussard.

Thank you so much for reaching out and for taking the time to learn more about us! We will be sharing more information about this summer’s offerings after winter break. So, please stay tuned! We will also share information on our Summer Explorations webpage located here:

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