Mandarin Two-Way Immersion
The Mandarin immersion (MI) program prepares students to be bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. Students are drawn from all backgrounds and home languages and from all parts of the city. For Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades the breakdown of instructional time is roughly 80% Mandarin and 20% English. For 2nd and 3rd grades, MI time is 70/30 and by 4th and 5th grades, Mandarin/English instruction throughout the day is roughly 50/50.
Our General Education program is a rigorous English-language academic program that covers all the content areas as well as providing students with opportunities to extend their learning, particularly using the Readers-Writers Workshop model to build reading and writing skills.
Starr King offers an autism-specific special day program as well as a full inclusion program and RSP services. The program consists of three Special Day Classes and students are included in most classrooms. The highly trained staff use PECS and TEACH strategies.
Through SFUSD's Early Education Department, Starr King offers a pre-school program for our youngest learners to provide them with the academic and social foundations that will help them succeed in the elementary years.