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 Fall 2022 semester. The semester runs from Wednesday, September 14 to Monday, December 19. You can complete the enrollment form online. Deadline for enrollment is Sunday, October 30. There will be a 10% discount if a student you refer signs up for classes
We are happy to continue Mandarin language classes before school at Orinda Intermediate school. Class assignment will be determined by the teachers. Classes are currently Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 to 8:30 in the OIS library. We are using the Ni Hao Books level one and level 2 Classes will start Wednesday September 14, 2022
We will be offering classes for grades K-5 at Holy Shepherd this fall. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 4:45 pm. Classes will start Wednesday September 14, 2022 and go until Wednesday December 19, 2022