Anaheim Elementary School District to Expand Its Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program with Mandarin

AMTV/Anaheim, CA, Feb 16 – Anaheim Elementary School District (AESD) grows its Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program with the Board of Education voting to add Mandarin to its 2023-2024 curriculum. Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School has been officially named the campus for the program with Dr. Anna Bae Kim at the helm to serve as principal.

“We’re excited to add a new language to our DLI program,” said Dr. Christopher Downing, superintendent at AESD. “Studies have shown that a new language creates a strong foundation for academic success and career opportunities later in life. Our renowned DLI program sets our amazing Anaheim community apart from many school districts and we cannot wait to have Mandarin spoken in our classrooms.”

Just like English, Mandarin is one of the most spoken languages in the world. More than 63 percent of AESD families surveyed voted to have Mandarin added to the curriculum. Roosevelt will host DLI Mandarin classes starting with TK next school year and will grow the program annually.

“TK is a great year for children to learn a new language,” said Dr. Kim. “Studies show that children are like sponges and can learn new languages at a faster rate the earlier they start. I feel honored to be able lead this program at Roosevelt Elementary next school year.”

Mandarin will be the third language in AESD’s Dual Language Immersion program along with Spanish and Korean.

To learn more about the Mandarin program to be offered at Anaheim Elementary School District and to enroll your child, visit or call 714-517-7500. AESD also serves students from other Orange County cities as well as families from Los Angeles County who prefer to enroll their children in Dual Language Immersion programs.

About Anaheim Elementary School District
The Anaheim Elementary School district serves nearly 15,000 students at 24 campuses in the City of Anaheim, making it the largest elementary school district in the State of California. AESD is committed to providing engaging and equitable learning opportunities for all students through STEAM, Dual Language, and music education programs in TK through 6th grade. Award- winning schools, innovative programs, and one-of-a-kind community partnerships make AESD an educational leader in the region that prepares students for success in the 21st Century.

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