K-12 Mandarin Chinese Language Program

Department Contact Information

Phone: (614) 471-7065 | Fax: (614) 478-5568

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Program Overview

GJPS is home to one of the most innovative and comprehensive K-12 Mandarin Chinese programs in central-Ohio as well as the state. District-wide, there are more than 450 students – from the elementary level to the high school senior about to boldly take their next steps toward higher education or into the global marketplace – are actively participating within the program.

Program History

In 2008, with assistance from the Ohio Department of Education and with The Ohio State University Chinese Flagship program, GJPS launched the Chinese language program at the elementary level. In February, 2009, GJPS was selected by The Asia Society and Hanban (Chinese Department of Education) as one of twenty founding members of the Confucius Classroom Network. In July, 2010, Gahanna-Jefferson received a Foreign Language Assistance Program Grant award from the United States Department of Education to support and expand the Chinese language initiative.

Elementary: Kindergarten – Grade 5

Browse our Winter 2012 Elementary Chinese Program Newsletter!

Middle School: Grades  6 - 8

Each of Gahanna-Jefferson’s three middle schools provide full-credit classes at the eighth grade level and Chinese enrichment opportunities for 6th and 7th grade students.

High School: Grades 9 -12

With more than 200 students participating, Lincoln High School provides level 1-4 Mandarin Chinese language instruction. Advanced Placement  Mandarin Chinese language instruction is also available.

Additional Reading & Resources

About the Confucius Classrooms Initiative

The United States Department of Education awarded Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools a more than $1 million Foreign Language Assistance Program grant to support the District's collaborative work with the Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms. The  Confucius Classrooms is a national network of 100 exemplary Chinese language programs and serves as model to develop Chinese language teaching in American schools.

02.23.2012: High Point ES Spring Festival

High Point ES Music Teacher Brian Behary and the second-grade class will celebrate the Chinese New Year by performing five songs - two in Chinese - as part of the school's annual Spring Festival event.

10.17.2011: Mandarin Chinese Taught Up Close and Personal at GJPS

LHS, GMSE & High Point schools hosts Guest Teacher from China  (Dongni Wang) in Collaboration with the College Board and Hanban/Confucius Institute of China.