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Chinese Language Programs

Chinese Immersion Program
Families can choose to enroll their children in the regular non-immersion classrooms ( Ni Hao) or the immersion classrooms. The Immersion program will enroll 40 JK/K students in two combined JK/K classrooms. At least one third of the students in the program will be from Chinese speaking families. Students engage in a partial immersion instruction, which means that 50% of their day is in Chinese and 50% of their time is in English. Students will learn content-based curriculum in both Chinese and English languages. The content - based curriculum includes math, science, and social studies. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in both Chinese and English languages.The immersion program is from JK through 5th grade.

The King Schol is an extended day school. We run from 8AM to 4PM except on Wednesday when dismissal time is at 1:55PM. The extended school day allows students ample time to learn in two languages. Students will also have two recesses during the day, a longer lunch block, and longer blocks for each instructional subject.

Ni Hao Program
The Ni Hao Program, founded in 1985, is a modified bilingual program which serves all students in grades JK-5. Native Chinese speakers as well as all other students receive instruction in Mandarin. Starting at the kindergarten level, the program will grow by one grade level each year.

The three major goals of the program are:

  1. To provide instruction in Mandarin to all students in grades JK-5 so that they will have the opportunity to achieve conversational fluency while becoming familiar with a culture other than their own.
  2. To provide native Chinese speakers with a program taught in their native language which will allow them to maintain their language, enhance their knowledge of Chinese literacy, mathematics, and culture.
  3. To provide a variety of opportunities for positive interactions among families sharing their cultural heritage.

Our program promotes high academic expectations based on an additive model of bilingual education. Native Chinese speakers are integrated into monolingual classrooms. In this way, children are encouraged to work cooperatively, learning language from their peers in both an academic and social setting. Cross-cultural friendships flourish as all students are given the chance to share their knowledge.

Mandarin language instruction is taught to all students in grades K-5 by a native Chinese teacher. Mandarin language is integrated throughout the curriculum whenever possible. 

ESL Instruction
ESL is offered to all eligible students at the King School. An in-class model is used with the ESL teacher in grades K-3 providing instruction in the classroom in close collaboration with the classroom teacher. Students are placed in flexible groups and are encouraged to work with English-speaking peers. In grades 4-5, ESL is taught through academic content which allows students to learn English with English-speaking peers while receiving support on classroom curriculum.

Afterschool Activities
A variety of after-school activities are offered at the King School. Activities have included art classes, drama, cultural events, seminars, and other activities offered to students, parents, and staff.

The staff of the Ni Hao Program includes 3 full-time and 1 half-time Chinese teachers, 2 full-time ESL teachers, and 1 assistant teacher. There are 15 classroom teachers involved in the program. The program is also fortunate to have a number of student volunteers from nearby Harvard University.

Parental Involvement
Parents are an integral part of the Ni Hao Program. Parental input has helped to shape our program as it has expanded. We rely on our parents to provide cultural information as well as to help plan cultural events. The New Year Celebration is a major event at the King School. Parents provide cooking demonstrations, music, and a luncheon for all staff and parents of the program. Parents frequently volunteer in the classroom and at after-school events.

The Ni Hao Program is housed at the King School, 102 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. For more information, please call 617.349.6454.