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Our Story

Here is a bit about our story…

Our fam­i­ly is one of many fam­i­lies whose chil­dren attend Man­darin immer­sion preschools avail­able in the East Bay cities of Berke­ley, Albany, Oak­land, El Cer­ri­to, and Kens­ing­ton. As these chil­dren fin­ish preschool and move onto ele­men­tary school, there are lim­it­ed to no pro­grams for chil­dren to con­tin­ue learn­ing Chi­nese.

Mandarin Immersion Options in East Bay

Cur­rent­ly there are three ele­men­tary school options for Man­darin Immer­sion. They are great options for some fam­i­lies and chal­leng­ing for oth­er fam­i­lies.

Public School As An Alternative Option

We want­ed a Man­darin lan­guage learn­ing pro­gram that com­ple­ments pub­lic school edu­ca­tion.

Berke­ley, Albany, Kens­ing­ton and El Cer­ri­to have great pub­lic school edu­ca­tion pro­grams.

  • Expe­ri­enced pub­lic school teach­ers teach stu­dents a diverse range sub­jects in Eng­lish with­out hav­ing to wor­ry about for­eign lan­guage com­pre­hen­sion.
  • When chil­dren go on to mid­dle school and high school, learn­ing sub­ject mat­ter in Eng­lish will great­ly ben­e­fit their abil­i­ty to com­mu­ni­cate with peers and teach­ers.
  • Chil­dren in pub­lic schools have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to social­ize with fel­low stu­dents from more diverse eth­nic & cul­tur­al back­grounds.
  • Friend­ships chil­dren form in ele­men­tary school can con­tin­ue on through mid­dle school and high school.

Mandarin Immersion at Hanwen School

We have found our com­mu­ni­ty of fam­i­lies were eager and excit­ed to sup­port their chil­dren in Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture. With encour­age­ment from our com­mu­ni­ty and local fam­i­lies, we orga­nized Han­wen School as a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion offer­ing edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams.

Han­wen School offers an after-school pro­grams & sum­mer camps to teach Man­darin Chi­nese and to pro­vide cul­tur­al enrich­ment in a language-immersion envi­ron­ment. Work­ing with sev­er­al tal­ent­ed and pas­sion­ate instruc­tors, we con­tin­ue to offer pro­grams to enrich children’s Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­tur­al her­itage.

Stay tuned and thanks for check­ing us out. Please spread the word!

Warm­ly,
Ron, Founder & Direc­tor
Han­wen School