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Bellaire, TX
Students enrolled: 333

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6300 Avenue B
Bellaire, TX 77401

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(713) 295-5276
(713) 662-3527
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June 04, 2014
Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School - a great school for students to learn Chinese language and culture. Very bright future, especially with new K-8 facilities to be built soon.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2014
Outstanding school with fantastic teachers and wonderful students. Amazing immersion curriculum which is effective in developing fluency in Mandarin. After one and a half years, we are delighted with our son's progress toward fluency.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2013
Overblown sense of importance? And the schools expect parents to give time, money, and talent but is never be grateful? I would say that this is completely inaccurate. And feeling "unfair" because their child did not get the teachers the parent wanted just demonstrates that this parent is just not used to not getting what he or she wants and decided to throw a hissy fit here. There are a wide array of teachers, some with more experience than others. This is a new school and students, teachers, administrators, and parents are doing a fine job into shaping this as the best school there is. Our son loves this school and we couldn't be happier with everything here. As the last parent said, our "great schools" rating for 2013-14 and you should understand that it is based on test scores from last year's 3-5th graders not currently enrolled in the Mandarin program left over from what used to be Gordon Elementary. The school has a great community of students and parents. This school is a true melting pot, made up of people who are very excited about the program. Demographics are about 25% white, 25% African American, 25% Asian, and 25% Hispanic; all from various income levels.

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October 05, 2013
We have just gotten our "great schools" rating for 2013-14 and you should understand that it is based on test scores from last year's 3-5th graders, children not currently enrolled in the Mandarin program, they are a handful of students who are left over from the program that used to be Gordon Elementary. Our oldest Mandarin students will take STAAR for the first time this year and scores will be available in Fall 2014. We love MCLIMS. The new administrators are great, and the students and parents are warm and friendly. There is a strong sense of community, and I love that my child is part of a diverse community of learners. He has made so many friends at MCLIMS and has grown so much by being pushed daily to learn so much Mandarin. If you walk around the school, you don't see kids sitting around bored, they are learning and engaged in school. And they really are learning Mandarin. When my child speaks to people, they are always amazed he has only been studying for one year. They expect he will stop talking after counting to ten, but he can carry on a whole conversation about a variety of topics, well beyond average Kindergartener foreign language skills.

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October 02, 2013
Oh beware, a school with an overblown sense of importance! Hyper ambitious parents who have blurred the lines and mistaken this school for Kappa, Kappa Gamma. Just beware that this is a school with a certain attitude: they expect you to give generously of your time, money and talent but will never be grateful for any of it. No, you should be forever grateful that your kid gets to walk the halls of this superior institution. This year has unfortunately shown a truly unfair arranging of self appointed "premium" students to teachers with the best known reputations. Hopefully someone higher up within the school system will put a stop to this. A school with a clear vision and a superior academic curriculum? Not! So far, a lot of hype and very little substance. This school has a very long way to go before it will warrant the prevailing attitude.

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June 05, 2013
YESS!!!! We have a NEW principal and he seems awesome. He has many years of experience being a principal. This is what this school needed to be great to go along with the great students, teachers, and parents! There will also be a variety of enrichment classes offered next fall for the students. We love this school. My child can read and write so much Chinese. What a wonderful opportunity my kids have. They are becoming tri-lingual.

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May 30, 2013
We are very much satified with learning environment for our child during his kindergarten class. He has best reachers he could possibly get. His teahers keep him engaged and is always challeged. He is getting great instruction from a public school! Many kudos to the Pricipal and his whole staff.

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April 28, 2013
MCLIMS has the best of both worlds. It is small and friendly like a private school; yet held to state standards as it is a public school. The principal and assistant principal are approachable and open to feedback and suggestions. They work to make sure kids are safe and learning in a uniquely engaging environment. Teachers are loving and challenging. I love everything about this school and look forward to seeing how Mr. Bordelon and Ms. Oliva continue to develop the program. We would not take our two children anywhere else!

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April 21, 2013
We love this school. We pulled our kid out of a highly rated Vanguard school b/c we felt there wasn't much learning in Kinder. Our kid is in first grade here and has two teachers, one for Mandarin/science/math and the other for English/reading/other. The teachers are OUTSTANDING! They work at the kids' INDIVIDUAL levels, always challenging and encouraging them. These teachers are dedicated and really care about the students. One of the teachers got recorders for the children and is teaching them how to play (even though she is not a designated music teacher)! The overall environment is friendly and there is a lot of parent support. I believe there are a lot of families here who pulled their kids out of other great schools b/c they weren't being challenged so there is vested parent involvement. It's just a bonus that they have this unique opportunity to learn Mandarin. Can't wait to see the developments in the upcoming years.

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April 09, 2013
Last year I applied to MCLIMS and was able to snag two spots for both my children. From the custodians to the principals, everyone here is a winner in my opinion. My older child has been recognized by her teachers as Gifted and Talented. I was worried that since my daughter was doing well, she would be shoved aside in order for her teacher to better prepare other students for upcoming standardized tests as she was the year before elsewhere. This has never been the case here. She has been challenged every day. My younger child is also doing spectacular coming home to yell at the family dog in Chinese and absolutely loves her instructors as well as all the rest of the staff. I have also been most impressed by the administrators. Both are beloved by their staff, which to me as a parent speaks volumes. They also put together an amazing three week fifty dollar summer camp for the MCLIMS students that has also been used at River Oaks Elementary . That s right, you heard correctly. The entire program costs fifty dollars. Not per day. MCLIMS has all sorts of families and in order to ensure that everyone could participate, both principals strived to find a solution for all.

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April 02, 2013
I completely disagree with the negative comment posted below. It is BECAUSE of our wonderful principal that our students are offered great opportunities and access to the best possible resources on a daily basis. Thanks to his dedication and commitment to our children, they are learning skills which will travel with them through a lifetime. My children have both participated in afterschool art club and Name that Book. Both clubs were fully supported by the principal. We also help with the garden club afterschool, also approved by principal. As for the "summer school", this is something typically reserved for struggling/failing kids. What parents are asking for at MCLIMS is an enrichment program and our principal was kind enough to work tirelessly with the district to secure one! As for me, I feel our teachers go above and beyond with our kids on a daily basis so we will be taking a break this summer and let our kids be kids. I know that our principal, assistant principal, and teachers will hit the ground running in August and make parents proud of what they are doing with our kids. I guess you cant please everyone all the time but I know I love our school and principal!

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February 16, 2013
My daughter is in kindergarten at MCLIMCS and I could not be more pleased with this school. Both the principal and assistant principal work hard to ensure the campus is safe, teachers are top-notch, and the curriculum is challenging. This is a school where everyone knows each other and it is a warm and inviting environment. The children, after only one semester, are speaking, writing, and beginning to read in Chinese! The English side of the program is fast-paced and challenging. Although I was a little disappointed that there is not a GT program at this school, all the teachers are GT certified and teach at a higher level with higher expectations than the norm. I feel my daughter is getting a wonderful education and am happy to be at MCLIMS!

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December 21, 2012
I feel like I won the lottery getting my 1st grader and Pre-K children into MCLIMS. I've struggled with finding just the right educational options over the past few years - trying public, private, G/T, Montessori schools. My children are staying challenged by learning Mandarin and are surrounded by diverse, bright students from great families. MCLIMS has a small and close family feel where people value learning and understand the global community and economy we live in. Based on my values, I won't find a better paid (private) educational option so I am thrilled MCLIMS will soon become a K-8 school.

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December 21, 2012
Being a new program I think many of the parents had hesitations about enrolling their children into MCLIMS. However, this first year has proven to be absolutely full of positive learning experiences for all. The school has some of the best teachers I have ever seen. They care about each child and work so hard each and every day at making sure the children are getting the right education from all subjects whether they are teaching it in Mandarin Chinese or English. Their individualized attention to the kids is amazing and we couldn't be any happier. The community of parents is strong and the PTO is very involved. Highly recommend getting your child enrolled in this school.

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December 17, 2012
We were very concerned about this school before enrolling our daughter, since this is the first year. However, we really wanted her to learn another language and loved the idea of an immersion school. MCLIMS has far exceeded our expectations. Not only do they do a great job with reading in English, she is learning about density and surface area in Mandarin. She's only 6! I don't recall learning these things this early. The teachers are amazing and work so hard to give the kids the best of English and Mandarin. We absolutely love the diversity of the student body and as working parents, they have great after school options and communication via email, website, and Facebook. We speak only a little bit of Mandarin, and she did not want to speak to us before school started, but she has truly blossomed at MCLIMS and loves it. The academic standards are extremely high and there is wonderful parent involvemen too. I highly recommend this school!

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December 14, 2012
I LOVE this school. My son is in Kindergarten and has a wonderful teacher. He loves going to school and has learned great structure. The teachers and principal/asst. principal are very approachable. I also like that the school is very small, so it's manageable for the teachers and staff. My son came home after the first week knowing how to sing a Chinese song. It's truly amazing how quickly they learn.

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December 05, 2012
This is the first public Mandarin Chinese immersion elementary public school in the state of Texas. So far we are very pleased with the results, there's been a few kinks being that this is the first year of the school, but I see great things for it as it grows. If you are considering dual language for your child, I would absolutely recommend the school. The parents, principal and teachers are involved and working hard to see to the success of the program. Also doesn't hurt that the school will get a new building as part of the HISD bond and be expanded to a K-8 program. If you can get in now before there's a long waiting list, I would do it.

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Mandarin Chinese Language Immersio
6300 Avenue B, Bellaire, TX  77401
(713) 295-5276
Last modified Mandarin Chinese Language Immersio is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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