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Berryessa Union School District

Berryessa Union School District

mandarin dual immersion program application process

mandarin dual immersion program application process

Mandarin Dual Immersion Program

Applications for the 2024-2025 school year are now available. You can print out the application here.


Applications will be accepted starting January 31st!


Applications must be submitted to the Education Services Department by February 16th.

Applications received after February 16th will be placed on a waiting list.


Acceptance lists will be posted on the front windows of the District Office on Friday, March 8th at 4:00 pm.

*Acceptance lists will be for the 2 Kindergarten classes only.

Grades 1-7 will be notified by email once language assessments

have been completed. 


Confirmation of Acceptance will be sent out via email the week of March 11th.

You will receive a confirmation email with the Acceptance Form.


You may email, drop off, or mail your applications. 


Email applications to Christy Boyd:

Drop off/mail: Berryessa Union School District

Attn: Christy Boyd

981 Ridder Park Dr.

San Jose, CA 95131


Please contact Christy Boyd at for further assistance.


Frequently Asked Questions


Informational Meeting PowerPoint Presentation (January 24th & January 30th)


BUSD Dual Immersion Program Options 2024-2025

We are very proud to have launched a Dual Immersion Mandarin Program at Cherrywood Elementary School in the 2018 - 2019 school year. In the fall of 2023, we expanded the Dual Immersion Mandarin Program to Sierramont Middle School for our 6th-grade MIP students.
Mandarin - Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh grades
Program Goals:
  • Meet the challenges of a global society
  • Become bilingual and bi-literate
  • Gain career advantages
  • Increase awareness of cultural traditions and customs
  • Achieve academic proficiency in English and Mandarin
What is Dual Immersion?
Immersion education is an alternative educational model designed to provide students with fluency and literacy in two languages. In this program, all students develop literacy in Mandarin first with the gradual addition of English.
All students in the Immersion Program receive the same curriculum as all students throughout the
district, except that initially they are taught in Mandarin for most of the day.
Students in the Immersion Program are taught using California State Standards in English as well
as Mandarin. Both English and Mandarin are taught daily and the students interact in both languages
Instructional Time in Each Language
Kindergarten 80% 20%
1st 75% 25%
2nd  70% 30% 
3rd  60% 40%
4th and 5th 50%  50%
6th 2 Class Periods in Mandarin
7th 2 Class Periods in Mandarin
Parent Resources:
The Enrollment Process
The goal is to have a balance of 50% English-only students and 50% Heritage speaker students enrolled in our Dual Immersion classrooms. In order for students to be successful in the Dual Immersion Program, they should have a strong foundation in their home language. All incoming Kindergarten students in the Berryessa Union School District are eligible to apply for the Immersion Program. Classroom placement will be based on the following criterion:
  1. Attendance Area Students (Cherrywood)
  2. Sibling is already in the Dual Immersion program
  3. Berryessa Union School District Students
  4. Inter-District Permits as Space Allows
** Please note: Student language classification will be considered to meet 50% classroom balance.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Enrollment Process & Program