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Bergeson Elementary School in Capistrano Unified School District invites parents of incoming kindergartners to informational meetings to learn about its Mandarin Language Immersion Program. Bergeson School is home to the district’s only Mandarin Language Immersion Program and the first in Orange County. In its third year, this exciting program offers students the opportunity to become fluent and literate in both Mandarin and English.

Interested parents can select one of two dates for an orientation and tour: Monday, Feb. 23 or Friday, Feb. 27. All meetings begin at 8 a.m. The school is located at 25302 Rancho Niguel Road in Laguna Niguel.

Students who attend the Mandarin language immersion program learn to think, read, write and speak naturally in English and Mandarin. They receive instruction in both Mandarin and English to develop linguistic and academic competence in both languages. Native English-speaking students begin their study of Mandarin in kindergarten in this intensive program.

Space is limited and parents must attend an orientation for inclusion on the interest list for classes starting next fall. Children must be 5 years old by Sept.1, 2015, to apply for the 2015-16 school year.

For more information, contact Bergeson Elementary School at 949.643.1540, or visit the district website at www.capousd.org and the school website at bgnes.capousd.ca.schoolloop.com.

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