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: Eisenhower Elementary is a community school, and XinXing Academy is a K-6 Chinese immersion program. XinXing students will have Chinese immersion course offerings for grades 7-12 at Hopkins West Junior High and Hopkins High School so that they can continue their Chinese as part of their secondary coursework and prepare for advanced coursework in Chinese at the college level.
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 grades 3-4, and there is an even distribution of English and Mandarin by grades 5-6. Our goal is biliteracy in Chinese and English. Special curriculum areas (art, music, physical education) are taught in English, but we infuse Chinese language and culture into those courses whenever possible.
XinXing has a partnership with Wuning Road Primary School in Shanghai, China and provides opportunities for educational exchanges between our schools.
For additional information about XinXing Academy, please call Eisenhower Elementary School at 952.988.4300 or email Principal Melissa Ness.