Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Could a non-neighborhood student stay at Cherry Chase if they choose to exit the Immersion Program?

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    No. Students from other school attendance areas who choose to exit the program will be required to return to their neighborhood school.

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  • How did this Mandarin Immersion Program come about?

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    We first began exploring this idea when a group of interested parents approached us about the concept in May of 2019. We feel that offering such a program would be in alignment with our belief that biliteracy and bilingualism is a valuable life skill and that it is important to offer our families choice and variety in the types of programs we offer. 

      

    Over the past year, we have explored what such a program would look like, visiting other districts with Mandarin Immersion programs. We have conducted surveys to gauge community interest and hosted community forums at three of our schools. In addition, the District has held several updates during the public Board of Education meetings during February, March, April, and May. 

     

    Based upon these discussions, we have just begun outreach at Cherry Chase and plan on continuing outreach opportunities this Spring and into the fall.

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  • What would the program look like?

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    Please see the program description here. Once a location is selected, an advisory committee composed of district staff and parents/guardians would be formed to develop the program further. 

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  • How would it impact the campus where it will be located?

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    The District has identified seven criteria to evaluate the impact of the program on the selected school. These criteria included (in no particular order):

    1) School community considerations

    2) Existing facilities

    3) Enrollment (current and projected)

    4) Fiscal impacts

    5) Placement of support programs

    6) Location of middle school pathway

    7) Location within the district.

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  • How was Cherry Chase identified as the most viable location?

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    During the Board Study session held on April 23, 2020, an analysis of the seven criteria was discussed and Cherry Chase was identified as the most viable location and the district began the community outreach phase to gather input from a wide variety of stakeholders. While Cherry Chase has been identified as the most viable option, a decision on the location has not been finalized. More community input with be gathered and presented to the board before a final decision will be made.  

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  • How would the program impact teachers?

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    No current Cherry Chase teacher would be required to teach Mandarin. In addition to the phased implementation of the program (growing by one grade level per year), the impact on the current staff would be minimal.  

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  • How would it impact resources?

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    Additional staffing costs would be limited given the fact that the program would be serving Sunnyvale School District students only and the district would be utilizing existing staff to handle the hiring, curriculum development, and administration of the program.  There will be one-time costs associated with the curriculum development and instructional materials spread out over the next seven years as the program grows. 

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  • How will it impact enrollment/registration?

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    As with all programs of choice, registration into the Mandarin Immersion Program would be conducted through the Sunnyvale School District's Open Enrollment Process. This process is conducted each February for the following school year and is an opportunity for students within the boundaries of the Sunnyvale School District to opt-in to a different program other than their neighborhood school or in the case of Cherry Chase students, being able to opt-in to the Dual Language Immersion Program at their neighborhood school.

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  • Will all Cherry Chase students be required to learn Mandarin?

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    No. In-district students who are interested in the program will be admitted into the program through the existing Open Enrollment Process.

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  • Will there be two parent groups at Cherry Chase?

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    No. There will only be one PTA group that works to support the students and staff of the entire Cherry Chase campus. 

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  • Will there be enough room at Cherry Chase?

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    One of the criteria reviewed during the identification of Cherry Chase was the existing facility capacity. The program is projected to need 11 classrooms by 2025. The district is currently drafting a facility plan to accommodate the program at Cherry Chase.

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  • Why is this being looked into now?

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    The discussions surrounding a Mandarin Immersion Program have been ongoing since the Spring of 2019. Given the fact that the start of the 2021-2022 school year is 16 months away, the location of the program is the next decision that needs to be made in order to continue the planning, including the formation of the advisory committee composed of district staff and parents. 

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  • When will this start?

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    The program could begin during the 2021-2022 school year. 

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  • What are the next steps?

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    Following the Board Study Session on April 23, 2020, and follow-up discussion on May 7, 2020, the District is now in a community outreach phase to spread the word about the program and receive community input regarding the program.

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