Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (simplified Chinese: 先锋中英双语学校; pinyin: Xiānfēng Zhōng-Yīng Shuāngyǔ Xuéxiào), abbreviated to PVCICS, is a public Charter school in Hadley, Massachusetts. Founded in February 2007, PVCICS offers an immersion program that teaches Chinese Language Arts and culture in addition to a regular curriculum. PVCICS' goals are to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, plus sensitivity to multiple cultures. PVCICS serves the Pioneer Valley region.
|Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School|
|Type||Public Charter school|
|Head of school||Ms Kathleen Wang|
PVCICS uses an immersion program to promote high fluency in the Chinese language. Different grade levels receive different amounts of Chinese instruction.
|Grades||% of daily instruction in Chinese||Subjects taught in Chinese||% of daily instruction in English||Subjects taught in English|
|K-1st||75%||Math, Science/Technology, History/Social Studies, Chinese Language Arts and Culture||25%||English Language Arts|
|2nd - 5th||50%||Math, Science/Technology, Chinese Language Arts & Culture,||50%||English Language Arts, History/Social Studies|
|6th – 12th||25%||Chinese Language Arts & Culture||75%||English Language Arts, Math, Science/Technology, History/Social Science|
Currently, the IB courses offered include: English, Math (one of three levels), History, Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics), Chinese (one of three levels) and the Arts. In addition, the IB Diploma Programme requires a Theory of Knowledge (ToK) class, an Extended Essay, and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) hours.