XinXing Academy Program Highlights
Welcome to another fantastic year at XinXing Academy. With many program successes, XinXing continues to be an example of excellence and showcase the benefits of immersion education.
A Glimpse at XinXing Academy
XinXing Academy is Hopkins Public Schools’ premier Chinese immersion magnet program located in Eisenhower Elementary in Hopkins. XinXing Academy provides children the opportunity to develop proficiency in a second language during their elementary years.
Our goal is for students to reach an advanced level of proficiency by the end of grade 12, and to develop bi-literacy in both Chinese and English. Since 2007, XinXing has continued to be an example of excellence and a showcase for the benefits of immersion education.
"We relocated from Duluth to send our daughter to XinXing Academy. It had the reputation of being rigorous and engaging with incredibly dedicated teachers — this has proven to be absolutely true! XinXing embraces the whole child and offers a complete immersion experience. " -Laura Jensen, XinXing parent
Record of Success: Facts + Figures
MCA Test: Our XinXing students consistently score as well or better than their non-immersion peers on the MCA standardized tests. Our students are well on their way to the goal of bi-literacy in Chinese and English.
Our XinXing students in grades 2 and 3 take the Youth Chinese Test (YCT) every year in May to assess their proficiency level in Chinese. In May 2019, 100% of our XinXing second graders passed the YCT level 3 assessment, and 96% of our third graders passed the YCT level 4 assessment. Great job, students!
XinXing grade 10 students who took the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture exam as 9th graders last May received scores of 3, 4, or 5, which can earn them college credit. A total of 20 current 10th, 11th, and 12th grade XinXing students will be eligible to earn a Minnesota Department of Education bilingual platinum seal in Chinese, and 17 students will be eligible to earn a bilingual gold seal in Chinese on their transcript upon high school graduation. Our program is producing outstanding results!
Celebrating Chinese Culture
Immersion Enrichment Opportunities
There are a wide variety of enrichment classes offered year-round through Hopkins Community Education. Some examples are: Chinese music, Chinese dance, Chinese painting, and calligraphy.
Song, Dance and Gong Fu!
Students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 learn Chinese songs in music class and Chinese dance as part of their cultural enrichment. Those in Grade 3 learn gong fu in Chinese. Students also participate in several performances throughout the year, including a Lunar New Year performance.
Outstanding Teachers, Staff and Parents
XinXing boasts talented teachers and staff with a special dedication to immersion education and bi-literacy.
Bei Dou Xing, our strong and supportive parent organization, is committed to providing support for the cultural components of the program.
Two Chinese intervention teachers support and enhance XinXing teaching and learning in Chinese reading and math.
Our experienced leaders Principal Melissa Ness, Assistant Principal Sara Schmidt, and XinXing coordinator Molly Wieland have visited schools in China and have expertise in immersion education.
STEM at XinXing Academy
Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education grant and a collaboration with the University of Minnesota, we developed interdisciplinary STEM units for Chinese immersion students in grades K-6. The advanced STEM curriculum prepares students for a highly technical future.
Our nationally recognized and researched elementary core STEM curriculum, Engineering is Elementary (EiE), was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston. XinXing students experience the full benefit of the STEM curriculum in Chinese..
What Happens Next? XinXing@West
XinXing@West is for students who have completed an elementary Chinese immersion program. Our exceptional secondary continuation program will develop students’ linguistic and cultural proficiency in Chinese through secondary Chinese immersion courses in the study of culture, current events, history, literature, and global studies within the context of our IB Middle Years program.
Additionally, an 8th grade experience in China will be available to XinXing@West students and is funded in part by the Bei Dou Xing parent group.
XinXing@HHS — Looking ahead, the program continues at Hopkins High School (grades 10-12). Students are able to take a variety of advanced, college-level Chinese courses and will have the opportunity to use their Chinese skills in internships and study abroad opportunities.