XinXing@West

XinXing @ West is part of a rigorous secondary Chinese track. Designed for students who have completed an elementary Chinese immersion program, our exceptional continuation program develops students' linguistic and cultural proficiency in Chinese through the study of culture, current events, contemporary society, history, and literature. XinXing @ West eighth-graders have the opportunity to participate in an educational exchange with our partner school in Shanghai, China.

XinXing @ West ninth-grade students complete the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture course and can earn college credits based on the results of the AP exam. 

About XinXing @ West 
XinXing @ West is part of a rigorous secondary Chinese track. Designed for students who have completed an elementary Chinese immersion program, our exceptional continuation program develops students' linguistic and cultural proficiency in Chinese through the study of culture, current events, contemporary society, history, and literature. XinXing @ West eighth-graders have the opportunity to participate in an educational exchange with our partner school in Shanghai, China. XinXing @ West ninth-grade students complete the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture course and can earn college credits based on the results of the AP exam.

Continuation at the high school level

Hopkins Public Schools is committed to offering college- level Chinese courses for XinXing students every year, at every level, through grade 12, providing students up to 16 potential college credits. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to intern at local businesses, become involved in the Chinese community, volunteer in XinXing Academy K-6 classrooms, study abroad, participate in Concordia Language Villages programs, and more.

A bi-literacy approach to learning 

Our innovative and rigorous middle school track at West Junior High takes a bi-literacy approach to learning through two content areas — Chinese language and culture and social studies. XinXing Chinese immersion courses comprise 25% of the student's schedule in grades 7-9. Chinese Language and Culture courses focus on developing high levels of communicative and cultural proficiency through interdisciplinary, globally focused thematic units. Social Studies is taught using a bi-literacy approach; the courses are team-taught by an English-speaking social studies teacher and a Chinese teacher, with instruction in both Chinese and English.

International Baccalaureate 

West Junior High is an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School. XinXing @ West is a natural complement to the IB program, which requires language acquisition and cultural proficiency.

Partnership with Cosco Experimental School in Shanghai 

West Junior High has a partner school relationship with Cosco Experimental School in Shanghai, China, providing opportunities for cultural exchange.

Eighth-grade trip to China

Our XinXing @ West students have the opportunity to participate in an eighth-grade trip to China that includes a home-stay and attending classes at our partner school. The trip is funded in part by the Bei Dou Xing parent group. 

Partnership with University of Minnesota 

Through partnerships, we are able to provide quality curriculum. Our program maintains a strong relationship with the University of Minnesota's Confucius Institute and the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA). 

Transportation & after school

Transportation will be provided to all in-district students, whether they live in the West Junior High or the North Junior High attendance areas. Non-district residents may bring their student to an in-district bus stop for transportation to school. For students who participate in after-school activities, there is an activity bus service that will transport students home at 5 p.m.

More

Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information about the XinXing @ West program? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Stories about XinXing@West

Keep up with the latest news and features about our XinXing@West program.
School Hours

Regular School Hours
7:47–2:35

Late Start Hours
9:47–2:35

Early Release Hours
7:47 - 11:54 AM

Principal
Dr. Leanne Kampfe