PBES Chinese Partial Immersion


About Partial Immersion

What is Partial Immersion?

Partial Immersion – programs in which approximately 50 percent of instruction is provided in the target language. Initial literacy instruction may be provided in either the target language or English or in both languages simultaneously.

The Prince George’s County Public Chinese STEM program at Paint Branch Elementary was started 2011 and the Partial Chinese Immersion program was started at the kindergarten level 2014-2015 this school year. Students enrolled in the program will continue through grade 5 and have the opportunity to develop communicative and academic proficiency in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

The program gives emphasis to English language speakers. Students learn Chinese through content based instruction in selected core subjects with a cross cultural understanding in Science STEM, Math, and Chinese language. Students read, write, listen and speak in both languages, becoming bilingual; bi-literate and bi-cultural.

Chinese Partial Immersion & STEM Program

The benefits of bilingualism are numerous, including greater flexibility in thinking, high rates of academic achievement, and cross-cultural learning and communication. Students will be prepared to compete within the context of the Global Society. This program is offered to children entering in Kindergarten in the Paint Branch boundary area.

What Parents Can Do to Support their child’s Immersion Experience?

Like all parents, parents of children in immersion programs are encouraged to maintain an active role in their children’s education by providing experiences that will help develop their English language skills and enhance their cognitive and effective development.

It is recommended that parents try to read to their children daily and engage them in activities where they need to apply what they are learning in class. Parents can also communicate with the teachers on a regular basis about their children’s academic, social, and language development. They are encouraged to become well informed about immersion education, make a commitment to keep their child in the immersion program, and support their children’s use of the immersion language outside the school context.

Parents may contact the Chinese Immersion Program Coordinator, Ruby Costea, at [email protected] at anytime for questions, resources, and information.  Parents may also visit the PBES Chinese Immersion website for more information.

Paint Branch Chinese Immersion & STEM Program

The program follows the Maryland State & Prince George’s County Public Schools Curriculum. Students work towards the same academic goals regardless of the language instruction.  Teachers must be native or native like speaker and meet the Maryland State requirements for certification. When available, qualified Chinese-speaking substitutes are used.

Chinese Resources

 Better Immersion:  Better Immersion

 Chinese Pinyin Practice 拼音练习: (NOTE: this site may be experiencing technical difficulty) http://kid.chinese.cn/pinyin/index.html

 Chinese dictionary http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php

 Get a Chinese name: http://www.mandarintools.com/chinesename.html



Chinese Immersion Summer Camp

Visit the STARTALK Chinese STEAM & Culture Academy Website

The Chesapeake Bay - A Home for Many

The 2019 STARTALK Chinese STEAM & Culture Summer Academy is a three-week (94 student contact hours) program integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) into the learning of the Chinese language and culture. The program will offer 60 elementary school students an intense but fun and engaging experience. The program is comprised of daily language, cultural, STEAM activities, two one-day field trips, and a final performance day.

It is open to all students from kindergarten to fifth grade (novice low to novice high/intermediate-low proficiency levels) in Prince George's County, Maryland and its neighboring areas; lessons are taught primarily in Chinese. Our theme this year is "The Chesapeake Bay - A Home for Many," in which students learn about the Chesapeake Bay, the animals, and plants that depend on it, its environmental impact, and pollution solutions they can encourage in their communities.

Program Description (项目介绍):

The PBES three-week immersion program will offer 60 elementary students an intense but fun learning experience focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and Mandarin Chinese. It is open to all current students from kindergarten to fifth grade in Prince George's County, Maryland and its neighboring areas. Students will be divided into three classes of 20 students according to their grade levels: kindergarten - 1st grade, 2nd - 3rd grade, and 4th - 5th grade. 

2019 STARTALK Paint Branch Chinese STEAM and Culture Academy Program


Theme: Chesapeake Bay: A Home For Many

Dates: Chinese Language & Culture: July 8, 2019 - July 25, 2019  (Mondays - Thursdays)

Field Trips: Friday, July 12th & July 19th

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Location: Dora Kennedy French Immersion School

Address: 8950 Edmonston Road, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

Phone: 301-918-8660

Tuition: Free for all students; students must bring snacks & drinks

Registration: March 31, 2019 to April 30, 2019 - Visit the STARTALK Chinese STEAM & Culture Academy Website to complete the Registration/Application Form & Parents Consent Forms

Contact: [email protected] for more information

                   phone: 301-513-5300 extension 57975

For more information visit:STARTALK Chinese STEAM & Culture Academy Website

2019 PBES Family STEM Night

PBCIS presents:
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6 PM  - 7:30 PM

Paint Branch ES Cafeteria


  • Chromatography Butterfly
  • Human Circuit - Conductors and Insulators
  • Engineering Challenge
  • Magnet Maze
  • Popsicle Stick Catapults
  • MESA Club Presentation
  • Paper Bridge Challenge
  • Passive Solar House
  • Spaghetti Tower...AND MANY MORE ACTIVITIES!

2019 Family STEM Night Flyer (coming soon)

CLICK HERE to view our 2018 Family STEM Night Gallery of Pictures


Paint Branch ES Chinese New Year Celebrations

Paint Branch PTA wishes you 新年快乐 (Xin Nian Kuai Le)!!!   

Happy Chinese New Year! 



PGCPS Language Immersion Task Force (2017-2018)

ATTN: PBES Chinese Immersion Parents!!!

Is there a plan for a Chinese Immersion/STEM Program in PGCPS for your students when they get to Middle/High School?  Are you wondering what happens next?

VISIT Our PTA Language Immersion Task Force Site

PGCPS Language Immersion Task Force Update - Meeting Outline (click link to view)

Drafted By: Dawn Powers, PGCPS Task Force Member


Meet the PBES Chinese Immersion Staff

Coming Soon...

DoSQiONXoAYCird - PBCIS Immersion Staff at Immersion Summit

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