XinXing Academy, Hopkins Public Schools' Chinese immersion program, opened at Eisenhower Elementary School in 2007. XinXing means New Star in Mandarin Chinese. XinXing attracts students from all parts of the Hopkins School District, as well as from other school districts in the Twin Cities area through open enrollment.
The XinXing Chinese immersion program is part of Eisenhower Elementary School. We are one school community with two high quality educational programs. We have two Chinese immersion classrooms at each grade level, K-5. Next year, we will add grade 6. We are currently developing Chinese immersion course offerings for grades 7-12 at Hopkins West Jr High and Hopkins High School so that our XinXing students can continue their Chinese as part of their secondary coursework and prepare for advanced coursework in Chinese at the college level.
XinXing will offer two sections of full-day kindergarten each year. We believe that having full-day kindergarten provides students with sufficient contact with the language to form the necessary base for success in 1st grade and beyond.
XinXing is an early total immersion program. That means that all core subject matter is taught in Mandarin Chinese for the full day in grades K-2. Students learn to read and write in Mandarin first. English language arts are introduced for the equivalent of one hour per day beginning in grade 3, and there is an even distribution of English and Mandarin by grades 5-6. Our goal is biliteracy. Specials (art, music, physical education) are taught in English, but we infuse Chinese language and culture into those courses whenever possible.
XinXing classrooms have been designated Confucius Classrooms by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota. As part of this designation, XinXing has received grants to support Chinese cultural experiences such as Chinese music, dance, art and Gong Fu. Teacher training and materials have also been provided by the Confucius Institute to support Chinese language learning. A sister school connection between XinXing and Capital Normal University Primary School in Beijing China is also being supported through the Confucius Institute affiliation.