Wei Yu At a Glance
Wei Yu International Charter School is a California State Board of Education approved public charter school. We are a K-8 Mandarin immersion school in West San Jose. The school will open in the Fall of 2017 with 2 classes each of Kindergarten and 1st grade.
We will utilize a one-way Mandarin immersion model. Students will be offered a challenging, Common Core-aligned curriculum starting with 90% instruction in Mandarin and 10% in English. Children will initially receive more instruction in Mandarin to build a foundation for speaking and understanding the language. Gradually as students progress in grades, more subjects will transfer to English.
Immersion education is a proven and effective way for kids to learn a second language. Many studies have shown that students in immersion education excel at not just the socially dominant language (in our case English) but also in the target language (Mandarin). An immersion education means that students are taught the same content as their peers in an English only school except that the language of communication, at least in the primary years, is primarily in the target language. For example, in Social Studies for Kindergarten, most public schools center the topic around "My Community" such as learning about the post office, fire station, and family structure. The same subjects would be taught in an immersion program except that students would learn the same content in both Mandarin and English.
The Chinese name is originated from a famous motto in a Chinese education book written more than 2000 years ago, in the name of "The Doctrine of the Mean".
"Wei" means state, and "Yu" means raise. The full meaning of the motto is:
"Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish."
For full reference, see http://www.cnculture.net/ebook/jing/sishu/Zhongyong_En.html