Chinese Language Program

The Chinese Language Program at Sunrise Elementary is a districtwide choice program. Enrollment begins in first grade.

The Chinese Language Program will build students’ ability to listen, speak, read and write in Mandarin Chinese over several years. By the end of their first year, students’ ability to listen and speak in Mandarin will equate with the high-novice level of language acquisition. Students’ ability to read and write in Mandarin will equate with the low- to mid-novice level of Mandarin. The Sunrise Chinese Language Program is not an immersion program, nor is it a dual language program.


2021 Information Night

Principal Steve Hopkins and Chief Leadership and Strategy Officer Tracy Meloy share information and answer questions about the Chinese Language Program.


Classroom Instruction

Students in the Chinese Language Program will receive content in Mandarin during English and Language Arts (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Transitions will also be taught and directed in Chinese throughout the school day. As students become more confident in their Chinese language skills, some mathematical vocabulary will be taught in Chinese starting in 3rd grade.

Students will receive English instruction during reading, writing, math, social studies, science, PE, music and library.

Grade % of Time in Chinese
1st Grade 20% (1 Hour)
2nd Grade 30% (1.5 Hours)
3rd Grade 40% (2 Hours)
4th Grade 50% (2.5 Hours)
5th Grade 50% (2.5 Hours)

Content in Chinese

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Writing
  • As students become more confident in their Chinese language skills, some mathematical vocabulary will be taught in Chinese.

Content in English

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • PE
  • Music
  • Library


Transitions will be taught and directed in Chinese throughout the school day.

Materials being investigated for use in the Sunrise Chinese Language Program classroom include:

In addition to any purchased curriculum materials used in support of Chinese language development, students will have access to written materials such as:

  • Co-created texts (books made by the teacher and students)
  • Labels of objects in the classroom
  • Charts, poems, etc. used in the classroom



First grade students will:

  • Be able to engage in conversations about their family life, interests, and school life using
  • Mandarin.
  • Be able to follow directions given in Mandarin Chinese to complete classroom-based or
  • home-based tasks (e.g., “Get your pencil and paper ready for math,” or “Please make your lunch.”)
  • Be able to read and write Mandarin characters related to school, home, and personal
  • interests. 



We are only accepting applications for students who will be in 1st grade during the 2021-22 school year. Incoming first graders who have demonstrated proficiency in the English and Language Arts (ELA) during their Kindergarten year are eligible for the Chinese Language Program. If you would like your student to be considered for the program, please complete the following form.

Interest forms will be available between 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021, and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021.  Forms must be submitted no later than March 5 for first consideration.  Forms received after March 5 will be processed only if interest as of 5:00 p.m. on March 5 does not meet or exceed the anticipated class size.

Submit an interest form


Frequently Asked Questions


Sunrise Elementary School
14075 172nd Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052 


Please contact Steve Hopkins, Principal at Sunrise Elementary School ( or Tracy Meloy, Chief Leadership and Strategy Officer (