Orinda Mandarin
Chinese Language Program

Mandarin language instruction

for elementary and intermediate school students in the Lamorinda area.

The mission of the Orinda Mandarin Chinese Language Program is to promote the acquisition of Mandarin language through a rigorous but enjoyable curriculum, providing our students with the ability to speak, read and write in Chinese. Our non-profit program is modeled after the highly acclaimed Piedmont Language Program. Over 70 students are now enrolled in classes from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Studies show that a child has a limited window of opportunity for easily and proficiently acquiring additional languages; this language window shuts in middle school, limiting the ease and likelihood of acquiring proficiency or fluency in a foreign language. Children are capable of developing the intonation and pronunciation of native Chinese speakers if they start early enough. If you're interested in exposing your child to a foreign language, now is the time to act!

The Orinda Mandarin Chinese program admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in adminstration of its educational policies, scholarship, and other school programs.

Classes are held at the following locations:


We're now accepting enrollment for the Summer/Fall 2017 semester. The semester runs from Monday, June 12 to Wednesday, May 10. You can complete the enrollment form online. Deadline for enrollment is Thursday, September 28.

Flute Choir

Gretchen Nielson is heading this fun weeklong program for flute players from beginning to intermediate. It will be held at Holy Shepherd from June 26 thru June 30, with a performance at the end.

Summer Strings Workshop

This class is for Beginning Orchestra students grades 4-6. It will be held the week of July 17-21 from 9am to 12pm at Holy Shepherd, with a performance on the last day.

Summer Symphony

Greg Mazmanian, (talented local musician and teacher), will be offering a fun and exciting weeklong workshop with a performance at the end. The workshop will be held at Miramonte the first week after school is out (June 12-16) from 10 am to 2pm. Lunch will be provided.

Summer Jazz

Summer Jazz is back! Rehearsals are Mondays at 7pm and Thursdays at 1pm, starting June 12, through July 28. Musicians will perform at Orinda 4th of July parade and other performances TBD. Summer Jazz is open to students from 5 - 9 grades.