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:


Online enrollment is closed for the Fall 2021 semester. Please contact us for more information.

Mandarin at OIS

We are happy to continue Mandarin language classes before school at Orinda Intermediate school. Class assignment will be determined by the teachers. Classes will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 8:20. We are using the Ni Hao Books level one and level 2 We are hoping to have classes in person, and will know sooner to the date. Classes will start the Last Week in August, on Monday August 30.

Holy Shepherd

We will be offering classes for grades K-5 at Holy Shepherd this fall. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:20. Classes will start Monday August 30 and go through Wednesday, December 15.

Covid Issues

We are doing everything we can to make our classes in person and of course safe. If we have to go online, we will break into smaller groups in order to maximize learning