CHIP T-Shirt Sale

  • tshirt The West Side Elementary Chinese Partial Immersion Program began six years ago under the leadership of an inspired Principal, Dr. Molly Stewart. With parent and community support, and a gifted teacher, Ms. Mandy Tang, a classroom of five-year-olds set out on an academic adventure.
    These children have spent half of every instructional day being taught exclusively in Mandarin Chinese by native Chinese speaking teachers, and they have achieved statewide recognition for their abilities.
    The first cohort class has reached fifth grade, and a trip to China is in their sights as a culmination of their elementary experience. Every purchase of a t-shirt will support a child's travel this year.
    Click on the t-shirt to get yours!

Program Overview

  • West Side Elementary School began hosting a kindergarten partial immersion Chinese program at the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Students enrolled in the program will continue through grade five and have the opportunity to develop communicative and academic proficiency in both Mandarin Chinese and English.
    The school system will once again hold two regional informational meetings in March to provide parents with a general understanding of the program model and program goals as well answer questions and address concerns. Click on the brochure on the right for the meeting dates, locations and times. Parents are encouraged to attend one of these meetings before submitting an application for the program.
    Any Allegany County student eligible for kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year may apply for the program; however, transportation will not be provided for students who reside outside of the West Side School attendance area. Registration for the program will take place at a child’s home school during pre-k/kindergarten registration on March 26 and 27, 2015. Applications will be available at all ACPS elementary schools.
    For more information, contact Molly Stewart, West Side Elementary principal, at 301-724-0340.