Chinese Immersion school seeks to expand into Chicopee, other towns

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August 16, 2018
G. Michael Dobbs
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BOSTON – The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School has filed an application with the The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESI) to expand into a number of communities, including Chicopee.

DESI made the announcement recently. The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is one of five existing charter schools that submitted requests to expand enrollment.

DESI will decide by mid-September which applicant groups it will invite to submit full proposals for new schools. The final decision on the applications will b e made between December 2018 and February 2019.

According to the school website, “The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) prepares K-12th grade students for academic and personal success through rigorous study and instruction aligned with the state and federal government standards, augmented with Chinese language and culture. PVCICS’s goals are to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, plus sensitivity to multiple cultures. PVCICS serves the Pioneer Valley region.”

The school is located in Hadley.

The school’s application, if approved would also allow it to admit students from Springfield, Longmeadow, Westfield, Granby, and South Hadley, among other communities.

The school opened in 2007.

According to DESI, when deciding whether to allow a school to amend its charter to expand, the commissioner and Board consider evidence regarding the success of the school’s academic program, its organizational viability, its faithfulness to the terms of its charter, and the availability of existing seats under current caps.