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Mandarin Dual Language School gets a name
The Bellevue School District's new Mandarin Dual Language School will be named Jing Mei Elementary School. The name, which means “beautiful view” in Mandarin, was recommended by the school community.
The school is located at the Bellewood site in east-central Bellevue.
Bellevue’s Mandarin Dual Language program expanded this year to an entire school in order to meet the demand by parents and students. The school, which is the only Mandarin Dual Language School in the state thatfollows a two-way model, is led by Principal Vivian Tam. Student enrollment in the classes is balanced between native Mandarin speakers and students who speak other languages such as English, Spanish and Hindu.English and Mandarin are used to teach the curriculum throughout the day.
The goal is for students to develop high levels of proficiency and literacy in both languages, to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, and develop an appreciation for and an understanding of diverse cultures.
Jing Mei Elementary will welcome its first students – more than 100 students enrolled in kindergarten through second grade – on Tuesday, Sept. 3.