Mandarin Chinese Program in this school is the best choice for gifted children. They do not spend their "6 hours per day" in school "learning" something that they have learned long time ago.. By the end of Kindergarten-year, children speak fluently their new language, and by the end of the 1st grade, they can write paragraphs in Chinese. It is amazing!! I believe, it is very beneficial for their future. Teachers in this school are amazing. They are very creative, very kind, and really care about their students. I would recommend this school for children who like to learn, and for parents who would like to give more opportunities to their children..
There is great leadership at Field! The PTA is strong. The parents are involved and caring. The teachers are engaged and helpful! There is a lot of homework, which is helpful in reinforcing what the kids are learning in the classroom and it also does take a lot of time for a young child who has already been in school for 6-7 hours. The arts could be developed more, but this school is really thriving. I feel like my son is learning so much in both English and mandarin. I feel supported as English only speaker with no background in mandarin. There are many resources for parents that have no background in the language.
The teachers we have had have been great. They have been effective in teaching our child mandarin as well as English. The time I have spent in the classroom have been great. Teacher manage the classrooms well.
My children enjoy going to school, they like their friends, and love their teachers! They are learning and having fun while doing so. To me, that is Great!
In addition, while the children in the Mandarin program do have to change classes, twice or three times per day, the transition is smooth. The children know what to do and where to go. The teachers work together to make the experience a positive one. We also have outstanding parents who make the school function even better.
The school improves year by year but we still have some progress to make. The parent body is impressive at this school. There are AMAZING PARENTS that make things happen which as a non-Mandarin speaking parent I am extremely grateful for. However, the school needs to improve in some areas. There is very little done to support the students in terms of the target language enrichment (more speaking, reading and writing creatively) and the school at large still needs more attention paid to creating a true immersion program. Administrative and leadership support could use some improvement as well but maybe we need more Mandarin friendly administrators to help push the language development through.
Teachers are mostly AMAZING and doing a lot to move the program forward as well but they too could use more support from the district.
We have a lot of new teachers doing some great work in the Immersion portion of the school. The seasoned teachers are in the English portion. IT would be nice to see more mentoring and more education provided for teh Mandarin Immersion teachers who work very hard to develop their own material. It would also be nice to see more coordination among teachers so that no one has to reinvent the wheel and every year sees more improvements.