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Who Can Enroll in This Program?

• Does your child need academic challenges?

• Do you value biliteracy, bilingualism, and diversity?

• Do you want your child to have a linguistic edge in tomorrow’s job market?

• Are you willing to make a long term commitment to the Mandarin DLI program?

If you answer “yes” to these questions, then this may be the program for your child!

For the 2012-13 school year, Stonebrae Mandarin Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program is accepting registration for grades Kindergarten to 5th grade. Any child entering after 1st grade will need prior knowledge of Mandarin and will be assessed to determine appropriate program placement. Native Mandarin speakers are encouraged to enroll. The school principal, along with the input from the District ELL department, will have the final determination on enrollment for the program.


Parents interested in enrolling their children in the Stonebrae Elementary School Mandarin Dual Immersion Program should contact Principal Lauren Matteis.

The program is for students from:

  • English-only speaking families
  • Mandarin-only speaking families
  • Bilingual Mandarin/English speaking families
  • Other bilingual families

Registration for the program follows district procedures, including Open Enrollment and Inter-District Transfer. Transfer requests are available for students living outside the Stonebrae attendance area. Space is limited and there is no guarantee that every child will be admitted.

  • address: 24823 Soto Road- Room   18, Hayward, CA 94544
  • phone: 510-723-3857 ex 34215




Since 2007, Stonebrae Elementary School has offered an English/Mandarin Dual Language Program.  Starting with one class of 14 students, the program has grown to eleven classes with a total of around 275 students.  Stonebrae DLI program adopted the 50:50 teaching model, that is, the teaching ratio is half in Mandarin and half in English. Dual Language Immersion programs bring together native English speakers and native speakers of another language in a unique opportunity for both groups to learn both languages to high levels. Interactive, thematic lessons encourage students from both language groups to help each other to understand, speak, read and write each other’s language. Using Mandarin and English as the vehicle of instruction, students will be able to communicate effectively in both languages and to achieve academic proficiency that meets and exceeds the State Standards in all academic areas.


石东坡小学是海沃德联合学区的一所公办小学。该小学位于海沃德市北,临近加州州大东湾校区。目前该小学有约 764名学生,共31个班级, 76位教职员工。始于2007年,海沃德校区在石东坡 小学开设了中英双语沉浸教学课程。从开始的14人一个班级发展到2018年275 人十一个班级。目前已在K-6各个年级均开设有中英沉浸式教学课程,并采用50/50的教学模式。目前,社区对中文教学的需求非常迫切。该课程不但吸引本市的学生,也有周边城市的家庭慕名前来。学生要提前两年注册排号才有可能进入该课程。学校积极创设多元文化环境,教师应用中、英文进行授课,不但培养和提高了学生的双语技能,而且也促进了他们达到并超越加州各门学科设定的课程标准。

Why Dual Language Immersion?

Language learning is natural for young children, and childhood is the ideal time to develop ease of expression and native-like pronunciation in a second language. For over 30 years, research in Canada and the United States has documented the impressive development of second language fluency and academic achievement of children in immersion programs. At the same time, immersion students have maintained and enriched their native language and literacy skills.

Guiding Principles in DLI Education

  • Strand 1 Assessment and Accountability
  • strand 2 Curriculum
  • Strand 3 Instruction
  • Strand 4 Staff Quality and Professional Development
  • Strand 5 Program Structure
  • Strand 6 Family and Community
  • Strand 7 Support and Resources

                                Elizabeth R. Howard, Julie Sugarman, Donna ChristianCenter for Applied Linguistics

Useful Links

Parents of African American Students Learning Chinese

Han Ban - Public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education that provides Chinese teaching resources and services worldwide.

San Francisco Confucius Institute 

Chinese stories

Chinese online dictionary

Chinese characters 

IChineseReader- Online Chinese Leveled Reading

program goal

Program Goals

  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy: Students develop high levels of oral language proficiency and academic literacy in two languages.

  • Academic Achievement:  Students achieve academic excellence in all content areas in both languages.

  • Cross-cultural Competency: Students develop positive self-esteem, inter-cultural understanding and an appreciation of diverse traditions and cultures in our society.

Why Is It Beneficial?

Research shows that developing two languages during the elementary school years:

Has a positive effect on intellectual growth and cognitive development.

Improves a child’s understanding of his/her native language.

Develops positive cultural identity and understanding of other cultures.

Gives the child a head start in language requirements for high school and college.

Increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.

Develops a lifelong ability to approach problem-solving from multiple perspectives.

—Virginia Collier, 1996



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