A group of west side Portland parents has formed to advocate for a Mandarin immersion program on Portland's west side. They have a website.
As Chinese language studies have gained popularity in the U.S., many schools have added Chinese immersion programs which offer classes taught in Mandarin Chinese.
In the Portland public school district, there are 5 immersion programs, offered at Woodstock, Hosford, Cleveland, Franklin and Atkinson schools. All of these schools are located on the east side of Portland.
Many Chinese families live on the west side of Portland. It is difficult to be accepted into the existing Chinese immersion programs and inconvenient to send our children to the east side schools.
Therefore we expect that there is much interest in adding a Chinese immersion program on the west side. We aim to gather a group of families willing to support such a program. Once we have enough interest, we will bring this show of support to the attention of the Portland public school district.