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Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Immersion


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

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Friends of MDL!


Since 2002, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) stands out as one of the first public school districts in the United States to host a Mandarin Dual Language program, a pioneer in the move to meet the future of language learning and international relations in the United States in this continually growing global market (and shrinking world!). For more information on the Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Immersion program (commonly referred to as MDL) in CHCCS, please see our FAQs page.



MDL at CHCCS is a 50/50 system, where students learn Math, Social Studies, and Mandarin Chinese Language in Chinese, usually by a native Chinese speaker, while (English) Literacy and Science are taught in English, usually by an English native speaker. Special classes such as French, Music, Art, and PE, are taught in English. At least half of MDL students are native English speakers; a large percentage (though no longer required to be half) are native Mandarin speakers.


MDL students may live anywhere in the CHCCS district and can be bussed to Glenwood Elementary. MDL students share Glenwood Elementary with “traditional track” students, and we are all proud Glenwood Gators!


Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Immersion is open to all students residing in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district. Rising kindergartners enter the program by lottery and are automatically eligible for reentering in subsequent consecutive years. First-graders may enter on a first-come first-served basis. Second-graders and older can join the program, per availability, by passing a placement test. Graduates of the MDL program, or those who demonstrate language proficiency, may continue Mandarin studies as an elective at the middle and high school levels. 

Registration in the Lottery
for the next school year (2019-20) will open February 1, 2019.
View the CHCCS flyer for more information.
Support Our Sponsors,
Whom We Thank for Their Contributions to Our December 2017 Fundraiser!
Next MAC Meeting:
November 14,
6:00 to 7:30pm in the Glenwood cafeteria
Childcare is provided

This is not an official CHCCS website but one offered by the friends of this wonderful program in this exceptional school district.