The mission of DragonSprouts is to support Mandarin education by funding the needs and aspirations of the Mandarin Immersion (MI) Program. The MI program aims to provide a world-class, 21st century education using an intellectually challenging, standards-based curriculum in both English and Mandarin. Students will not only become bilingual and biliterate, they will also become self-confident learners, creative thinkers, problem-solvers, and productive global citizens with a respect for cultural differences.
In the fall of 2010, backed by full commitment from LAUSD and a group of highly dedicated parents, Principal Susan Wang launched the Mandarin Immersion Program at Broadway Elementary with two kindergarten classes. Due to our teachers’ high expectations and commitment to maintaining fully immersive classroom environments, students began absorbing Mandarin very quickly. Parents and observers were so impressed with the children’s rapid progress and enthusiasm that by the second year, demand for the program rose dramatically. The MI Program doubled the number of entering kindergarteners the following fall and plans to continue enrolling four kindergarten classes each year. The elementary program will mature through Grade 5 in 2017.