Chinese Language Project for Philadelphia Public Schools
This project will begin by making available instruction in Chinese (Mandarin) at 6th grade level this Fall in three diverse Center City Public Schools. In subsequent years, the plan is to add one grade of language classes each year until at least grades 6 through 8 have the option of such a program. If this initiative can be proven successful in these initial locations, further roll-out may be on a school-by-school basis, or system-wide. The project has been formed by a collaborative group including the respective Principals, Home & School and Neighborhood associations, as well as other interested entities.
We need to raise a minimum of $15,000 for the ﬁrst year. However, if we can raise $45,000, that will ensure that we can offer classes for both this year and sessions for 6th and 7th grades next year. $90,000 will ensure that the program runs for at least three years.
The schools involved
McCall, which has a signiﬁcant population of native mandarin speakers and greatly valued the language program it had in place before losing funding for this program. A great resource for the international city that Philadelphia is increasingly becoming; it has a massive catchment area, which means that even though itís located at 5th and Pine, itís the local school for Chinatown. McCallís principal, Carol Domb, is an important voice in driving and focusing our efforts in Mandarin. 49.6% economically disadvantaged students.
Meredith, very much a local school in lower grades, with students largely coming from its quite small geographic catchment in the Queen Village and Bella Vista neighborhoods of South Philly, but openings in middle-school grades make this a high demand choice for kids from all over the city at that age. Meredithís principal, Cindy Farlino, was the inspiration for this project, when she highlighted language studies as a vital missing piece in local middle schools. 49.1% economically disadvantaged students.
Nebinger, is a rising school, whose principal, Ralph Burnley was awarded the Lindback Award last year, located deeper in South Philadelphia. Itís the only public elementary school in Philadelphia with resources for autism-spectrum students, with a great reputation in this and other areas. 85.3% economically disadvantaged students