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Mandarin Programs

Our Mandarin Bilingual programs give your child an exciting early start

Stratford’s newly expanded Mandarin Bilingual program for Preschool through Kindergarten builds upon foundational knowledge, skills, and concepts in our core STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum, and provides culturally-enriched activities that promote Mandarin language acquisition. Eager bilingual learners will also enjoy new school experiences while developing socialization skills.

Our immersive bilingual environment is designed to promote consistency and continuity for young learners. Stratford’s advanced curriculum is taught by speaking and instructing in Mandarin and English. This team teaching approach creates an inclusive and responsive space in which individual needs are met, ensuring students feel safe and secure to explore, take risks, and learn without limits.

Multilingual children gain a cognitive, academic, and social edge in educational settings and beyond.

Children readily absorb another language, particularly when instructed in an organic bilingual environment.

Students explore problem-solving exercises with classmates, without a specified outcome or direction from the teacher, where they learn to build, test, fail, and try again.

In SMART circles, Preschool and Pre-kindergarten students learn the fundamentals essential for future success in mathematics.

Explore our Mandarin Programs Program and STEAM Curriculum

Mandarin Bilingual Preschool
Mandarin Bilingual Preschool

Our early learning Mandarin Chinese curriculum reinforces Stratford’s advanced program, building upon foundational knowledge, skills, and concepts in the core academic areas. The classroom environment intentionally balances verbal fluency, and instruction in Mandarin Chinese accounts for at least 50% of our students’ day.

Through a dedicated team teaching approach (one English and one Mandarin speaking), our teachers place a special emphasis on foundational literacy and numeracy development while incorporating inquiry-based learning through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Together, our teachers create an inclusive classroom in which individual needs are met, and students feel safe and secure to take risks within their learning.

Academic excellence and character development are of equal value to us at Stratford. We model and teach the five Confucian Values: kindness, goodness, honesty, modesty, wisdom, and trustworthiness, while fostering an early sense of self-identity, belonging, and self-value that we hope carries students through their entire lives.

Mandarin Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten
Mandarin Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten

In the second year of this immersive five-days per week bilingual program, Stratford’s curriculum continues to promote consistency and continuity, taught by a two-teacher team. In Pre-kindergarten, students focus on listening, speaking, reading (character recognition), writing (with about thirty of the most commonly used characters), and an introduction to stroke order.

Specialty Class
Specialty Class

Our Mandarin world language specialty enriches our students’ school experience and future-ready lives. Through our approach to developing students’ communication and cultural competencies, students are poised and prepared to take on a multilingual world.

Twice a week, students are immersed in one of the oldest and widely spoken languages in the world during our world language time. Teachers capitalize on the optimal bi-literacy window, providing opportunities for students to develop in their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Our joyful, rigorous, and personalized approach to Mandarin instruction ensures that students make progress whether they are new or experienced within the language through our two offerings: Heritage and Non-Heritage.