Handbook

MCI Handbook (Last updated April 2019)

FAQ

What is the Doss Mandarin Immersion Program?
The Mandarin Immersion Program at Doss is a language acquisition program in which the students spend half of their day immersed in the Mandarin language. Math and Science are taught in Mandarin. Our program follows the 50/50 Immersion Model.

What is the daily schedule of a kinder student in the Mandarin Immersion Program?
Kinder students in Mandarin Immersion start their day in the English classroom with their English teacher. They have Language Arts and Social Studies instruction in English. Midday, they go to lunch as a class. Their Mandarin teacher picks them up from lunch and the rest of the day is spent learning Math and Science entirely in Mandarin.

Who is a good fit?
Students who are confident and eager to learn are the best fit for this program. If you feel that your child might have reading difficulties or have behavioral difficulties, asking them to learn another language might not be the best fit.

Who is eligible for the program?
The entry point into the program is Kindergarten. If you have an incoming kindergarten student, and currently live in the Doss residential area, you may apply during the spring of 2019.

There are 2 requirements. First, you must reside in the Doss attendance zone prior to the application process beginning. We are a closed campus and are unable to make any exceptions to the zone policy. Secondly, parents must attend one information session with the principal prior to applying.

Applications are due on March 1, 2019. If there are more applicants than spots, a lottery will be conducted. Incoming kinder students who have siblings in the program are automatically accepted into the program and only need to complete the registration packet and commitment letter.

When are the required parent informational session?
Parents must attend one of the informational sessions in order to apply.

  • January 24, 2019 – 8:15 – 9:00 am in the cafeteria
  • February 21, 2019 – 5:30 pm in the cafeteria.

Childcare not available.

When are the applications available for the 2019-2020 school year?
Applications will be available at either information session. You can also pick one up in the main office after February 21st. Applications are due on Friday March 1st by noon. Late applications are unable to be accepted.

If I apply to the program, when will I find out if my child got in?
Families will be notified by March 15, 2019. You will then be asked to sign a commitment letter. Once the commitment letter is complete, your child will be officially enrolled in the Doss Mandarin Immersion program. Any slots remaining will be filled in order of lottery placement.

How do I get more information?
For more information, click here or contact our registrar patricia.minford@austinisd.org or 512-414-4153.