My daughter is in the first immersion class at Barnard (now 4th-grade) and last spring break we traveled to Singapore and she was very comfortable conversing in Chinese. She could read store signs and restaurant menus for me. I was extremely impressed! In this new world and here on the west coast an adult entering the work force with a second language of Chinese would immediately excel (and a third language of Spanish would really be helpful). them in their job. Outside of the Chinese emersion my child has excelled in math and reading (evident in her state scores) due to the excellent programs at Barnard for the students and their parents. The Kinder reading strategy class provided for the parents was just wonderful in setting a foundation for reading that could be applied at home. There are parent classes in Mandarin and in Korean (for the new Korean language emersion now offered for children at Barnard) to help the parents to converse with their children. The school was just moved to a bigger campus in Pacific Beach (near the 5 freeway) and the School Board is talking about new buildings in the near future for the eventual expansion into Japanese and then Tagalog.
What percentage of the day are children learning Mandarin? 90% kindergarten? 50% 1st grade? Thanks!
My son started kindergarten at Barnard a month ago. He loves school, he loves his teacher, and he loves learning Chinese. Last night he said "Hello my name is XX and I am 5 years old." Impressive for a little boy who knew nothing 4 weeks ago. The teachers are excellent and the new facilities in Mission Bay are lovely. Every classroom has a smart board, computer, projector, and more. And his classroom also has 6 computers for the students to use. The principal is exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic. He is also very resourceful. Instead of succumbing to the many budget cuts of late, he has found ways to bring more staff to the school. I can't say enough about how much I love the school already.
We drive 40 minutes each morning to take our two grade school children to Barnard. The mandarin language problem offered is obviously the main attraction. This school has a great core group of teachers, as well as a very involved parent base, which is absolutely vital for school development. Our kids participate in the after-school program, which is very well run at this school. Overall, an excellent program. If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn't change a thing!
My daughter has entered Kindergarten at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy . We are thrilled to have an opportunity for my daughter to learn a third language. This school has it all! An amazing, energetic principal who is the friendlies principal I have ever met. It has great teachers, a great PTA and an eager community of parents willing to help out the school to become the best. The school recently raised it's API Score to 902!!! This is impressive for a Mandarin immersion school. My daughter has only been at this school for a week and she is already is sharing the words she has learned in Mandarin. The first day of school was so smooth and I don't think I saw one kid crying. They have a great system where all the kids meet for assembly and go over announcements, pledge of allegiance and then they all walk to their respective classrooms. The teachers are amazing with the kids. We commute from out of district 15 miles each day and sit through traffic but is very much worth it. This school is a hidden jewel of the San Diego Unified School District. I would recommend this school to every parent in San Diego County.
We LOVE Barnard! My daughter currently attends Barnard and it has been wonderful experience. Mr Park's passion to lead the school is contagious- they really do want to change education for the better. The teachers are also fabulous! They are dedicated and really want to see the students excel. My daughter is speaking, reading and writting Chinese and loves it! She is also learning Chess, Kung-Fu and Science in her after school enrichment programs. I would highly recommend this school!!!
5 star! The chinese immersion program and teacher & parents commitment to exellence is second to none!
I highly recommend this school as our child has flourished under their guidance. Both his Chinese and English skills are growing everyday and he LOVES going to school. We also greatly appreciate the home resources to assist in learning Chinese, such as the free access to the BetterChinese site that allows them to get extra practice despite not having anyone at home who speaks the language. Don t worry about them not having enough instruction in English, my child was only able to barely sound out words like P-A-T when starting kindergarten and by November of first grade is easily reading Arthur books aloud to us and even chapter books such as The Magic Tree House. It s amazing how some of our English learners have excelled in Chinese too, many even better than the native English speakers! A bilingual and trilingual generation is being created here, come join us! Can t wait for the school to expand next year in their new Pacific Beach cluster location. (Ignore old reviews from this site as they were written before the school became a magnet and the administration has changed for the better since then)
Our son is a 1st-grader at Barnard. He loves his teachers & they do a great job of integrating Chinese culture in a way that is age-appropriate & engaging (song & dance, role playing, etc.). It is great to see how much Chinese he already able to speak, write, & comprehend. When kids came from Taiwan & China during the summer program, I was amazed at how much he was already able to communicate! Also, our son is an above-level English reader, & Barnard s teachers were proactive to place him in a group so he could be challenged & encouraged to keep learning at a pace appropriate for his abilities. Barnard s teachers are extremely forward-thinking & our school benefits from student teachers & interns that are additional resources for our students in the face of budget cuts. It's no wonder why we just won a $1 million grant, the administration is superb! The after-school programs also are really good, currently he takes chess & Korean, & really is thriving & loving it! The parents are very engaged & are good at fund-raising & are very innovative about finding ways to improve our school. I feel there is real future in our kids at Barnard & am excited to be a part of it!
My son comes home with some amazing Mandarin skills after being in the immersion program for only 5 months. Neither parent speaks Mandarin, so it's all down to the school. When we test him on an iPad at home, he does great. Wish the current school had some grass, but there will be plenty when the school moves to their new location during the summer break.
My nephew is thriving in this school. He's been in the immersion program since kinde. In the face of budget cuts in the district, this school community has found ways to support excellent teaching. There are interns who help in the classroom from Taiwan and China. The cross cultural programs are fantastic. My nephew is excelling in both Mandarin and basic subjects. There is a rich variety of activities and after school programs. The teachers are engaging and the parents are involved. My nephew gets a lot of personal attention.
This is the best school in San Diego. If you want your child to have great teachers,principal and best academic. Then you should consider this school. I live 25 mins from school,but I have to scarify to drive for the best education for my son.
Our daughter is the youngest child in her class (late November birthday) and has flourished at Barnard. We were concerned that her age and maturity combined with the added stress of learning a new language would delay her academic abilities. This did not occur, and instead she is getting top marks in all of her subjects. The principal is incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic, the teaching staff is exceptional, and their little brains absorb a shocking amount of mandarin. We also love the community at Barnard between the teachers and parents. It is a great place. We are so excited to send our son in a few years!
Barnard is a great community. My daughter has enjoyed her fellow students, her teachers, and administration. She has excelled in Mandarin as well as English, math and social studies. I have enjoyed the parent community and involvement of parents and staff. Everyone there is ready, bright, smiling, and productive. Learning occurs in a positive and engaging environment.
My son is currently in kindergarten at Barnard, and he loves it. It is amazing how much Mandarin he has learned in such a short amount of time, in addition to his English reading and writing skills. The teachers are wonderful and so attentive to each child's individual needs. It's a far cry from what I've heard from some of my friends' kids' schools. This school was definitely the best choice for us.
I LOVE this school! My kids are thriving in math, science, english, and mandarin. This school has a rigorous academic curriculum, and my kids' english learning has not fallen behind. In fact, both my kids are reading above grade level in english, as are most of the kids in their classes. That is a testament to the dedication of the principal, teachers, staff, and parents, who go above and beyond to make this school a success. My kids did not speak mandarin before attending this school, nor do we speak mandarin at home. Most kids attending the school are NOT native mandarin speakers, and parents don't need to know mandarin to help with school work. Check out the latest CST scores, and particularly the GAINS in the CST scores since the mandarin immersion model has been adopted. Learning a new language develops neurological activity in the brain that will help our kids not only in language development, but in overall brain development. Barnard is dedicated to producing smart, balanced, culture-sensitive kids, who will be ready to tackle the 21st century world. I LOVE this school!
I love this school! My 1st grader attends Barnard and I have been thrilled with the community feeling of the school. I believe that learning another language at such a young age will give my daughter lifelong benefits. If you are considering Barnard, please sign up for a tour. To clear up two myths: 1) You don't have to live nearby to enroll (we are 10 miles away). 2) Most parents of Barnard kids don't speak Chinese and you don't need to speak Chinese to help your child with her homework. Barnard has incredibly talented teachers with unique skills, offers online tools to help your child learn, and is a high-profile school that some people drive to daily from over 35 miles away. I absolutely recommend it!
This school is a testament to how so much can be done with limited resources if you have motivation, dedicated teachers and staff, and amazing children who are ready for any challenge. Not only is Barnard a model for Mandarin Immersion but a shining example of the capability of young minds to thrive academically while achieving fluency in another language. As a parent I sincerely thank Principal Park, the teachers and staff, and the PTA for their continuous efforts in promoting and supporting a forward-thinking and successful program.
My Child loves her school! The teachers are so engaging with their students, encouraging and they make the children want to learn more! This immersion program is very challenging; it s amazing how the kids learn Mandarin so quickly. There is lots of parent involvement in the classrooms, at events and outside of school. Barnard provides tools for parents to help teach and support their child with their English Class. Principal Park is always greeting parents in the morning during daily assembly and after school. I love this school, I love that its diverse, classes are less than 25, amazing parent participation and that all the students are so happy!
My son is a kinder and he attends Barnard. We "choiced" into this school from Willow Grove, our neighborhood school in the PUSD. The classroom sizes are manageable for kinder children (23 kids in one class). My son is already speaking Mandarin. The administrative staff is very attentive to the kids. The Principal is very engaged with the teachers, Board, kids, and parents. He never stops working for the education of these kids. This is a school for parents and kids who put education and language as a priority.
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