Chinese Immersion

Chinese Immersion Program

Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020

It's time to register the graduating class of 2032 for Chinese Immersion.  We are excited to welcome our 8th group of students to Walnut Hills for a fantastic year of learning and growing,  Here are the steps for making ensure that your child is enrolled in immersion.

  • Be sure you complete the Program Application form that is linked below.  This is also part of the online kindergarten registration packet.  
  • If you are a Greenville Schools family but Walnut is not your home school, please fill out an in district schools of choice form.
  • If you are outside of the GPS district, please fill out an out of district schools of choice form.
  • Please take a peek at our program guide for additional information.  
  • This application must be filled out and turned in.  This can be done online when families register for kindergarten or can be downloaded by clicking on this link.  Paper applications can be scanned and emailed to or dropped off at the Walnut Hills Elementary office.  

Chinese Immersion Program

Greenville Schools recognizes the importance of being bi-lingual and the value of starting language learning at an early age.  We are pleased to offer a proficiency based language immersion program to all interested students starting in kindergarten.  Program points of pride include:

  • proficiency based instruction from native speaking teachers
  • regular assessment and data review in all content areas to ensure adequate progress
  • standardized test scores that meet or exceed those of non-immersion students
  • immersion summer day camp 
  • cultural celebrations including Moon Festival and Chinese New Year
  • immersion student leader development opportunities
  • extra curricular groups and clubs 
  • field trips for students and families
  • an immersion programming coordinator dedicated to supporting immersion teachers and families

Chinese at Walnut

Students in our elementary program are taught by Eastern/Western teacher teams.  Our Eastern teachers are native speakers who teach Chinese language and culture along with math.  Our Western teachers focus on reading and writing instruction in English.  The language of instruction for science and social students varies depending on topic and grade level. 

Chinese at GMS

2018-2019 is our first year of immersion at the middle school level.  Students will continue their math and language instruction with a native speaking teacher who will place a strong focus on reading and writing.  Students will expand their knowledge of Chinese culture and begin looking at careers that will allow them to use their language skills.  Students will be able to continue studying Chinese throughout their middle and high school careers.

Immersion Summer Day Camp 2019

Join us for another summer of fun.  Our days camps are intended to provide students with a fun chance to use their Mandarin during the summer.  Camps are total immersion experiences and include lots of hands on activities and cultural exploration.  

Session 1 (incoming 6th and 7th graders) June 18-20 9am-4pm at Greenville Middle School.  $60

Session 2 (incoming 2nd-5th graders) August 5-9 10am-4pm at Greenville Middle School.  $100

Paper flyers and application forms were sent home April 4.  Additional copies in the office or register online below.  

Online registration

PaySchools online payment


Application Files

2019-2020 Program Application

School of Choice Forms

PDF DocumentSchool of Choice 
PDF DocumentIn District Transfer 


Related Links

External LinkACTFL Can Do Statements - Information and links to ACTFL proficiency standards.

External LinkParent Resources - Links to resources for parents from the Chinese Early Language and Immersion Society.

External LinkUtah Dual Immersion - Article about Utah immersion students preparing for the AP language tests. 

Hollie Stephenson

Gifted and Talented Coordinator
Immersion Coordinator


Contact Hollie Stephenson, Immersion Programming Coordinator.  225-1000 ext. 8723