At a Glance
Since fall of 1998, the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) has offered the students of this district a unique educational opportunity centered on dual language proficiency and biliteracy. This alternative program, the Cupertino Language Immersion Program (CLIP), helps prepare our students for their future social, academic, and career challenges and opportunities through spoken and written mastery of a second language.
Immersion education is an exciting and innovative program in which children develop the ability to speak, read, and write in English and in a second language. In this type of program, children learn in a very stimulating and creative way, which research shows, leads to intellectual flexibility and high academic achievement. Knowledge of more than one language and culture is becoming more and more important for our children’s full participation in a culturally and linguistically diverse world.
Presently the target language is Mandarin. The Mandarin Immersion Program began in the 1998-1999 academic year with one kindergarten class. Starting in August 2006 the program expanded to include kindergarten through eighth grade. This program is taught using a two-way immersion model where one portion of a student’s day is spent learning in English, and the other portion is spent learning in Mandarin.
Although CUSD supports the program with teachers, facilities, and the English portion of the program, all aspects of the Mandarin portion of the curriculum have been and continued to be financed by outside sources. Instructional aides in the classrooms, teacher compensation for curriculum development, and all Mandarin-specific classroom materials (books, posters, workbooks, writing materials) have been financed through direct donation by the parents and supporters of the program.
Parents are an integral part of the children’s education. To continually grow and improve our program, parents are highly encouraged to join various CLIP committees, volunteer in the classrooms, and support the teachers and administrators as needed.