The Chinese immersion program was launched with two immersion kindergarten classes in 2017–18. These classes will roll forward each academic year bringing the program across pre-kindergarten through fifth grade by 2022–23.
Zara has been learning Chinese since she was two, but she's never been willing to speak. In her first week of immersion she just naturally blurted out several things in Chinese, so her confidence improved almost immediately.
Louise Donaghey, SAS PARENT
Communicate directly with English and Mandarin speaking communities on a variety of levels.
Gain the cultural competency of one who knows what it is to have two inner worlds based in the roots of two different languages and values.
Practice critical thinking that will allow them to analyze conflicting messages or information between languages and come to reasonable conclusions.
Develop deep character, with the ability to understand two different value systems and ways of life.
Collaborate with Chinese and English speakers and create bridges between communities to the benefit of both.
Creatively bring together their two language worlds in new and exciting ways through a variety of media.
Through content knowledge the curriculum for the immersion program is fully aligned with the SAS elementary curriculum.
- Competency to thrive in core subjects taught in English
- Higher level Chinese courses available including Near Native
- Possible options may include choice of Chinese advisory and elective class in Chinese
- Chinese language extracurricular activities
- Higher-level Chinese courses up to college course level, including Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture, Advanced courses, and Advanced Topic (AT) Chinese Language: History
- Seal of Biliteracy for students who have attained required language proficiency in English and one more language by high school graduation
- Chinese Honor Society
- Multiple service clubs that focus on China with travel and language use possibilities that offer experiential learning opportunities and extend learning beyond classrooms
We know that student success is directly tied to quality teaching. In addition to being highly skilled, SAS teachers and instructional assistants are dedicated to connecting with students and engaging them at every point in their learning.
Fluency in English is strongly recommended for incoming kindergarten immersion students. Prior exposure to Chinese language is not required.
Joining the immersion program at Singapore American School is a commitment. We ask that parents are willing to make a commitment to read English books with their children everyday at home.
We accept applications year round and enrollment is dependent upon meeting language requirements and space availability.
For current SAS families with a child in our early learning center, contact Zhao-Hui Xu for immersion placement information.
For new SAS applicants, you will indicate your official interest in immersion in the admissions application process. Applications for new families will be considered based on priority lane, date of application, and completeness of application, and are subject to thorough review for general admission to SAS.
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- How may I support my child at home when we don’t speak Mandarin at home?
- If my child already knows two languages, would adding a third language with an immersion program in school confuse my child?
- My child is a native speaker of Chinese. Is the immersion program beneficial for my child?
- Why do you structure your program from 80/20 immersion to 50/50 two way bilingual model?