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Engaging, creative learning in Mandarin, Spanish and English. 1-626-285-8262
  1. What makes your school different from other private school programs? We are a unique trilingual school teaching Mandarin, English and Spanish in small multiage class settings. This type of class setting gives us the ability to differentiate the curriculum to meet each child’s individual needs. After thorough assessments, the teacher, in collaboration with parents, will try to tailor each child’s learning objectives. Assessments will be done three times a year in all three languages, and mathematics, to make sure each child’s individualized learning plan stays on target.  Our curriculum is inquiry-based, so your child will enjoy imaginative hands-on learning experiences that are also connected thematically between all three languages to maximize comprehension level. Our field trips will be designed to take what is learned in the classroom out into the real world in order to build practical linguistic ability, critical thinking skills, and leadership qualities. Our school is based on the belief that learning should be rigorous but also fun! We strive to engage our students in every subject to make learning dynamic, interactive and memorable. Our enrichment classes – art, technology, P.E, yoga, drama, music and gardening – will  be done in Mandarin or Spanish to give our students as many opportunities to practice their language skills as possible.
  2. Do you have tours? Yes, during the summer by appointment.  To arrange one, please email to rsvp@oasistrilingualschool.org or call us at (626) 285-8262.
  3. When are applications due? When will we be notified your admission decision? Will you have a wait list?  We are taking applications on a first come, first serve basis. After we’ve admitted our maximum capacity of students, all other applicants will be put on a wait list. You may download the application on our website or contact us if you’d like to receive it by mail. There is a $100 non-refundable application fee. We will contact you within two weeks of receiving your application to schedule a group play date or a trial day when we’re in session, so you can get to know us, and make sure we’re a good fit for your family.
  4. When is the first day of school  School starts on September 2nd and ends June 16th.
  5. Where are you located? We are in Temple City, next to Pasadena.
  6. What are your school hours?  School hours are  from 8:15 AM to 3:35 PM. Our days will be a little longer in order to accommodate the three languages and enrichment activities, such as hands-on science, art, drama, and music.
  7. What is your student-to-teacher ratio? Our class sizes are small, with a maximum of 18 students to 1 teacher.
  8. Does my child need to have previous Mandarin or Spanish language experience?  For those applying to our transitional kindergarten or to kindergarten, students do not need to have any previous experience in either Mandarin or Spanish. For students six years or older, we will assess them in Mandarin in order to find the best placement to suit their needs.  If your child is six to seven years of age, and has had little exposure to Mandarin, Oasis offers a Track 2 Mandarin program for students starting the language later. With Spanish we differentiate the  instruction based on ability rather than age, since we know students’ prior exposure to both languages will vary greatly.  No prior experience with Spanish language is necessary.
  9. What are your language percentages?  In collaboration with our school’s linguistic consultant, Dr. Simona Montanari, specialist in Dual Language Programs and Multilingual Acquisition, Oasis language percentages are currently set at 40% Mandarin, 40% English, 20% Spanish.
  10. Do you teach Mandarin in simplified, or traditional? We teach traditional and simplified, along with pinyin to support journal writing, and keyboarding.
  11. What about students who have previously only studied simplified characters?  If your child has previously only been exposed to simplified characters they will be able to transition, since most of the characters acquired from second grade and under are simpler, thus making many of them the same as traditional characters.
  12. Will my child be properly challenged in a multiage classroom, and will it be necessary to break the classroom down evenly between each age groups?  Our multiage classes are geared to meet each child’s needs.  Children will be assessed in the beginning of the year to determine their current level, then, teachers will meet with both the parent and the child to set learning goals for that child.  This approach allows children to become active participants in their own education, and take pride in their accomplishments. In addition, there will be significant opportunities for remediation and/or enrichment challenges.  Students will not be tethered to a one-size-fits-all education, but will be free to move at a pace that is appropriate for them as individuals.
  13. What is  your vacation schedule? Please see School Year Calendar on our website.
  14. What kind of field trips does your school have? We have fun field trips that are thematically-connected with the  curriculum and reflect our students’ interests from their lessons.  Some typical field trips would include: Tree People Eco-Tour; Getty Museum; Huntington Gardens; Farm School; Olvera Street; Sunshine Canyon Landfill; China Town; Catalina; Cali Camp; Wolf Outdoor Education Camp; Astro Camp; Marine Biology Exploration; Whale Watching; California’s Missions; Sacramento;  Washington D.C.  These larger, twice-a-year field trips, are coupled with many smaller cultural excursions out into our local Mandarin and Latino communities so our student’s can practice their language skills in real world environments.
  15. Do you have a hot lunch program? Our students need to bring both a snack, and lunch. Though we will also be looking at at a partnership with a local restaurant to prepare weekly meals.
  16. Is there a uniform dress code? No. Students should wear comfortable clothing that is suited for play, art, science, and gardening projects.
  17. What enrichment courses does Oasis provide? Oasis has music, art, drama, P.E., gardening, cooking, and technology.  Most of these are done in Mandarin or Spanish.
  18. Do you have an after-school program? We have an after-school program that meets from 2:30 until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, offering homework help, recess and activities and in Mandarin and Spanish.
  19. If I don’t speak Spanish or Mandarin, will I be able to help my child with homework?  Oasis assigns  a limited amount of language-specific homework, scaling the effort by time, and allowing parent feedback .
  20. I’m concerned that my children’s English development will be affected by receiving limited English instruction. Literacy in all three languages is a strong objective for our curriculum. We expect that our students will perform above their grade level in English. The school day includes an average of one and a half hours per day learning reading, writing, spelling and grammar in English, which exceeds the instruction time many traditional schools spend on English Language Arts, per standards noted by USC professor and literacy researcher, Stephen Krashen.
  21. How quickly will my child become fluent in the immersion languages?  Children have different learning paces, but for most it takes approximately 800 hours to gain strong proficiency in Spanish and 1500 hours to gain the equivalent proficiency in Mandarin. Or about 40 weeks of Spanish and 75 weeks of Mandarin.
  22. Can immersion students transfer to traditional schools later?  Yes. When children transfer from immersion programs to traditional schools they are usually very well prepared to flourish in the new environment.  At Oasis they will learn all subjects, so transferring wouldn’t be much different than transferring between traditional schools.
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