My Child is in his second year in the Mandarin Program. The parents and teachers are fully committed to the program, however there is not much in place to support children who are struggling with learning the language. Unlike mainstream classes when children have difficulty there is a SST conducted and a plan created to get the student on track. When students are behind in this program the recommendation is more assistance at home. This is unrealistic for parents who don't read or write in Mandarin. The program needs to support students better not to mention that there is only one teacher for a class of 27plus.
Our child is currently in the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program at Field. We are pleased with the leadership and teachers at this school. Our child is not only learning a second language but also receiving a well balanced education.
I am the parent of a child in the Mandarin immersion program at Field. My child has now been involved with the program for a few years. I have concerns about the instruction and administration of the program and the tension between different parents groups at Field. The Superintendent recently assigned an outside consultant to help coach the administrator at Field and mediate between the groups of parents. That should help to address some of the problems. I think the Mandarin program at Field could and should be a quality program someday but in my opinion there are many substantive problems that must be addressed before that happens.
This is our third year in the Mandarin-immersion program. I ve worked in schools before and never seen a more dedicated staff. Our teachers and principal couldn t work any harder. I d like to address what the previous reviewer said re: Mandarin acquisition. We speak English at home, so I can t comment on my child s Mandarin mistakes, but I do hear him make grammar and pronunciation mistakes in English, so I would expect him to make mistakes in Mandarin as well. You can t expect perfect grade-level Mandarin in a few months or even a few years. You have to be in it for the long haul. This is program requires dedication on the parents part. We are fortunate to have a program like this in our local public school. That being said, I have read other reviews that compared Field to a private school environment and I think that is misleading. We do not have the gorgeous facilities that many private schools have, and we have larger class sizes. Unlike private schools, we have children here from all walks of life. Like many other families, we moved to PUSD to be a part of Field s Mandarin-immersion program and have not regretted it.
I believe a Mandarin Immersion School can provide outstanding results. This school is good in many ways. It has a strong parental group and it has Mandarin. However, the Mandarin acquired by the students is mediocre, decent at best. This wouldn't be an issue except that subjects like math and science are also taught in Mandarin. Since Mandarin isn't acquired properly in the beginning, it seems that children fall behind not just in Mandarin, but other subjects as well. If you put your child in this school (as have I), expect to get some Mandarin exposure (not fluency), and expect to do a lot outside the classroom. Volunteer as much as you can. Without proper staffing, the children have behavior issues (imagine starting school in a language you don't know with a 28:1 or 30:1 ratio at K). At the end, it depends what you want for your child. I've noticed my daughter just translates directly from English to Chinese, without using the language correctly. This to me is a challenge that I have to correct at home unless it can be done in the school. Just an honest assessment from a concerned parent.
The Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program is cutting edge education and has a strong parental group.
My daughter is in the Kindergarten Mandarin immersion class. We opted out of our wonderful top rated home school to go to Field because we feel this is a great opportunity for our child. I love that they have to wear uniforms. It feels like a private school. The principal is exceptional at Field! The parents in the Mandarin program are committed and giving and the teachers are very good at what they do and very sweet. I feel my daughter can only learn a language if it's spoken 90% of the day. We did not pick this because its Mandarin. It could have been Spanish or French. We are not particular about what language she learns. I don't expect her to be as fluent as the children are in China or know all of the characters by 8th grade. I'm realistic. I'm just happy that she will understand it and speak it. She will have respect for other ethnic groups and expand her view of the world! What I've read is: Multilingual people are good multi-taskers. Your memory improves: Language helps strengthen that mental muscle. You become more perceptive Your decision-making skills improve Companies seek employees that speak a second language because of all of the qualities listed above.
They have provided a Mandarin Immersion Program that has allowed my Granddaughter to grow and thrive. She has developed reading and writing skills in both English and Mandarin and is doing beautifully!
My husband and I planned to home school our 3 young children. We even built a small school house for them in which to study and be homeschooled. After visiting Field Elementary several times last year and experiencing their Mandarin immersion program, we applied for our 3 children to attend Field. We even helped create the pre-K program with the Mandarin immersion system that began this year. The teachers are exceptional and caring. The principal is actively involved. The parents are as intimately involved, if not more, than any private school we have ever experienced. This is an exceptional school and we expect that the children from this program will truly be our future leaders. They will be equipped to play, sing, solve problems, adjust quickly, make new friends, read and write in both Mandarin and English. In our current world, this is an ideal situation for our children and their future, as well as ours.
This is our third year at Field Elementary. Our daughter is in second grade. We have had wonderful teacher experiences all three years. My son is so eager to start Kindergarten in the Mandarin Immersion program next fall. I have no doubt that our program is becoming one of the best Mandarin programs in the country. When our kids get to college people will ask, "Where did you learn Mandarin?" By then, I am confident that Field's MDLIP will be well known for turning out great Mandarin students.
Before we decided to let our son go to Field Elementary School, we toured many schools from private to public school. We decided that Field has the best to offer. Not only the classes have a diverse environment, but also the benefit of learning Mandarin. Both the school and parents are very involved with our kids education. I love how fast my son learned this new language. He's in school for less than 3 months, and he already can read and write Chinese characters. Not to mention all the cute Chinese songs that he could sing.
My daughter is in the Mandarin Immersion program at Field, and she is thriving. She is speaking, reading and writing Mandarin with impressive fluency. Most importantly, the parents at Field are super involved and are constantly pushing to improve the program. The kids are engaged and seem to love school. It's a great, diverse group of kids, but what they have in common is parents who are active and dedicated to making the most of their education.
Field has a great staff. I appreciate the diversity of students and an organized parent group that are committed to their children's education.
Field has a dedicated group of parents, smart and eager students, creative and flexible leadership and teachers who roll with all the changes public education faces. My favorite parent-teacher partnership is our STEAM classroom projects. Parents and teachers collaborate to author and lead engaging, hands-on projects in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Our pioneer and unique Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program offers full immersion for students grade pre-K through 5. Our campus events are nothing short of spectacular, from Poetry Open-Mic Night and Festivals to elegant Gala Nights. Field is defined by ingenuity, progress and a global perspective.
Two of my children attend Field Elementary in its Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program. The program is full of dedicated teachers and parents passionate about helping the school be the best it could possibly be. My children are both very happy at Field, and have been privileged many exceptional, fun learning experiences. As parents, we have found the school community to be extremely supportive and inspiring.
My daughter is in a MDLIP Kindergarten class. So far I can only say great things about this school. My daughter loves her teacher and it always eager to go to school. I really respect both my daughter's teacher and the principal. Both are top notch. The communication between the teacher and parents is very refreshing. You really feel like you are a part of a community.
We love the Mandarin Immersion Program. But like all new programs, it takes time to build infrastructure (new teachers, curriculum building, supply needs). The lucky thing is parent involvement is extraordinary! Teachers have incredible support at their fingertips in the Mandarin classes from parents.
After 3 years at Field Elementary, we have been extremely pleased with the variety of academic and cultural experiences that are available to our child within and outside the classroom! Addressing our child's special medical needs is of utmost importance -- the Principal and the staff have gone out of their way to ensure her safety. Field Elementary is a GREAT place to learn!
I have my two children at Field Elementary now in the first grade. They love the school and I love teh experience so far. Taking on a language like Mandarin is a big deal but there is pleanty of support so I feel good about the decision to continue at the school.
My daughter transferred to this school in Second Grade. She is starting 3rd this year. I am a single parent, with a pretty demanding career. The care that she gets from 7 am to 6pm is beyond what a parent can hope. Teachers and pre/after care staff are loving and supportive. Mrs Barr, teaching 3rd grade now, is truly the kid whisperer. Her level of respect to and from the Children is beyond reproach. Her teaching skills, backed with 24 years of experience, are amazing. No to mention the level of respect and honor she teaches daily. Field is also home to a Mandarin Immersion program. While my daughter is not in this program, it brings another level of excellence, with very demanding parents as well. My daughter struggled with math at the beginning of 2nd grade, by the end of the year she had mastered it and it became her favorite subject. Mrs Barr was her 2nd grade teacher, and now again her 3rd grade teacher.
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