Mandarin Chinese Language Program

Department Contact Information

Sherri Zynda
Director of Special Programming

Ts-Ying Wu
Curriculum Coordinator

Secretary: Debbie Arnold
Phone: (614) 479-1310
Fax: (614) 478-5568

Program Overview

GJPS is home to one of the most innovative and comprehensive 2-12 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 – 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: Grades 2 - 5

Chinese enrichment information and registration for 2014-15 school year:

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.

Chinese enrichment information and registration for 2014-15 school year:

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 $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.