PIONEER VALLEY CHINESE IMMERSION CHARTER SCHOOL
This Community Facility Direct loan will enable the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School to expand our school to accommodate additional students. The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School operates a charter school serving the Pioneer Valley (Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin Counties). It is the only elementary or secondary Chinese immersion program in New England. The school's first academic year began in August of 2007. During the first fiscal year, the school offered a kindergarten and first grade. Plans call for adding one grade per year. For the fall of 2009, the applicant admitted two new classrooms of Kindergarten students. A middle school was added, with 19 students admitted into sixth grade. A total of 150 students were enrolled, and there is a lengthy waiting list of students who wish to enter both Kindergarten and first grade. In addition, the school has experienced exceptional community support as evidenced by the rapid growth in student enrollment.