Learning Mandarin in middle school has become an attractive and necessary option for schools that want their students to have an advantage in studying a language spoken by a sizable number of the world’s people for business.
In Casper Wyoming, CY Middle School will drop courses in German to allow for resources to be dedicated to teaching Mandarin. The hope is that students will be more competitive in the global marketplace.
Sixth graders will enroll in a nine week introductory course. Seventh and eighth graders will enroll in year long courses.
This is not the first introduction of Mandarin in the district. Paradise Valley Elementary School has a dual immersion program which began in 2013 with 42 students. It has been a success, and Mandarin is also offered at Casper’s two high schools.
The middle school program was the next step. “We knew that they would need a link and there isn’t currently one,” CY Middle School Principal Valerie Braughton said.