Maryknoll Alumnus Doug Ho '60 Donates $225,000 to Chinese Immersion Program
We're excited to share that our Chinese Immersion Program — the only school-day Mandarin immersion program in Hawaii — will be expanding through the sixth grade over the next five years. Through a generous $225,000 donation from local philanthropist and Maryknoll alumnus Douglas "Doug" Ho '60, we will further develop the Chinese/English curriculum for grades 2-6, provide even more faculty development, and enhanced learning tools for the program over the next five years.
When we launched our Chinese Immersion Program two years ago, we made a transformative commitment to preparing our students for global opportunities. Mr. Ho stood with us from the beginning and provided the program with $20,000 in seed funding to develop and launch our first kindergarten class. We are thrilled that Mr. Ho is supporting the second phase of scaling the program so that children can receive the full benefits of a Chinese immersion education from kindergarten through sixth grade.
The admission entry points for the Chinese Immersion Program will continue to be kindergarten and first grade so that students are able to build fluency in Mandarin from a young age.
Every year, we continue to enhance the program. For example, we were pleased to have once again national immersion expert Dr. Myriam Met visiting to speak with current and prospective parents. Since we launched the Chinese Immersion Program almost two years ago, we have been pleased to have robust enrollment and strong community support. We're also equally pleased to report that the immersion students are doing as well academically as their non-immersion peers, and are rapidly gaining proficiency in Mandarin!
Mahalo to Mr. Doug Ho '60 for his kind and very generous gift today. His gesture of Noblesse Oblige is outstanding, and we're grateful for his continued support of this important program.
In The Media:
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Maryknoll to expand its Chinese Immersion Program
KITV4 Island News: A groundbreaking Chinese immersion program on O'ahu is expanding