Maryknoll School is a leader in transforming education to prepare students for the careers of the future. Maryknoll’s Mandarin Immersion Program, the first in Hawai‘i to take place during the school day, allows students to learn the world’s most widely spoken first language, creating global opportunities for educational and career aspirations.
While developing advanced proficiency in a second language, research shows that immersion students achieve the same levels of competence, or better, in academic subjects including English, in addition to many cognitive benefits.
Our Mandarin Immersion Program is an option for students who will be in grades Kindergarten through Fourth Grade in the 2021-22 school year.Families may choose to participate in our Mandarin Immersion Program or in our traditional Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms. Children with previous Mandarin speaking experience may apply to join the Second, Third, or Fourth Grade Immersion classes.
Mandarin Immersion students will receive daily instruction in a 50/50 model, 50% of each day in Mandarin and 50% in English.
Maryknoll’s program allows students to learn core subjects such as science, math and art in a Chinese immersion setting. Our immersion classrooms will follow the same curriculum as the non-immersion classrooms:
Courses taught in Mandarin Language (50% of day)
Courses taught in English Language (50% of day)
Mandarin Literacy Math Science Art
Language Arts (Phonics, Reading and Grammar) Social Studies Religion Specialist Courses