HeadsUp! Bilingual Education Programs

At HeadsUp! Early Learning Institute, our Montessori school offers an innovative curriculum that features an intensive introduction to Chinese language and culture with an equal emphasis on English and American culture. With a focus on bilingual education, both of our private elementary schools in Pleasanton, and Palo Alto, CA offer a Chinese Mandarin Immersion Program that provides students with a rich bi-cultural experience that prepares them to succeed in two worlds, American and Chinese, while respecting the important and enduring differences between the two.

During their enrollment in the Chinese Mandarin Immersion Program, students work individually on “skill” subjects (e.g., language, math) and in multi-age groups in “content” subjects (e.g., science, history). Chinese is spoken exclusively for the first three hours of the day. In the afternoon, students speak and write in English for all subjects. All of the teachers working with students in this program are fluent in the languages they teach. The student-teacher ratio never exceeds 10:1.

Benefits of Bilingual Education

  • Easier to learn other languages.
  • More creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Greater appreciation for cultural heritage.
  • Can help a child’s brain grow in key areas such as the hippocampus, which is responsible for learning new material and spatial navigation.

At HeadsUp!, our dedicated staff strives to provide an experience that goes beyond traditional bilingual education. The Chinese portion of the curriculum focuses primarily on spoken language with an introduction to simplified characters and a phonetic system using the Western alphabet. The cultural program incorporates subjects such as modern and traditional history, art, crafts, music, and dance, as well as modern cuisine, manners, and forms of physical exercise to give students a more thorough understanding of Chinese culture while they learn the language.

The English portion of the curriculum exposes students to a variety of subjects that are essential to Western humanism and rationalism – including philosophy, literature, and history of thought – as well as traditional American values of individualism, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

The Chinese Mandarin Immersion Program is also offered at all three of our HeadsUp! Child Development Centers located in Pleasanton, Palo Alto, and San Jose, CA.

Offered to students in grades 1-8 at our two private elementary schools, the Chinese Mandarin Immersion Program employs a “Two-Worlds™ Approach” that features intensive instruction in Chinese language and culture. The language curriculum focuses on both spoken and written language using simplified characters and pinyin. The cultural curriculum includes modern and traditional history, philosophy, art, crafts, architecture, music, and dance, as well as modern cuisines, manners, and physical exercise.

Students are grouped by language ability in multi-age groupings. All teachers are fluent in Mandarin. The student-teacher ratio does not exceed 12:1.

To learn more about our bilingual education programs offered at both our Emerson School located in Palo Alto, CA and the Hacienda School in Pleasanton, CA, call today or get in touch to request a tour of our campuses.

Program and Fees

Palo Alto Campus

San Jose