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.
PVCICS complies with state requirements for the minimum number of days and hours open. PVCICS operates 180 days a year. PVCICS’s Kindergarten and 1st grade schedule is from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For students in 2nd grade and higher, the schedule is from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Students may start arriving at 8:15 AM. The longer day is seen in other charter schools and allows more time for instruction and enrichment activities.
As a Massachusetts public charter school, PVCICS offers a curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. PVCICS students receive instruction in core subjects (mathematics, English language arts, science, and social studies) and in art, music, health, and physical education. Students also study Chinese Language Arts and culture. PVCICS administers the MCAS tests starting in grade 3.
In grades K-1st, 75% of the daily instruction is in Chinese and 25% in English. In grades 2nd-5th, 50% of the daily instruction is in Chinese and 50% in English. In grades 6th and higher, 25% of the daily instruction is in Chinese and 75% in English. English Language Arts is always taught in English by a teacher with native English proficiency. Subjects taught in Chinese are taught by a bilingual Chinese/English teacher with native or near-native proficiency in Chinese. Art, music, health and physical education is taught in English or Chinese.
Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org