Addition expands Chinese Immersion school in Hadley

Last modified: Friday, September 11, 2015

HADLEY — As it begins its ninth academic year, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School will offer a rigorous college preparatory program to its high school students as it opens a new addition that will accommodate more than 400 students under one roof.

The public charter school, where students learn both Chinese language and culture while also completing a curriculum that meets the state’s education standards, was accepted into the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme earlier this year.

Principal Kathleen Wang said in an email that the international program will allow students to graduate with both a Massachusetts high school diploma and the International Baccalaureate diploma, which is recognized around the globe.

The four-story, 38,000-square-foot addition — which more than doubles the size of the school’s Hadley campus — will provide classroom space for children from kindergarten through 11th grade.

Besides the 15 full-size classrooms, the addition has four seminar rooms, a media center, science and art rooms, a combination music and theater room and four meeting rooms. Its completion this month means bringing back students from classrooms that were leased at a South Amherst building.

Students continue to come to the charter school from throughout the region, Wang said, adding, “We are looking forward to another successful year.”

A general information session for parents interested in enrolling their children in future years will be held Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. at the 317 Russell St. school. All students are accepted through a lottery system.

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