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The world in which our children will live, work and play is different from the world in which we grew up. New skills and perspectives will be required of them. Being bilingual and bicultural is one key to success. Our students have a unique opportunity, right here in the Metro Richmond area.

Chesterfield County Public Schools is the only school division in the central Virginia region to offer Mandarin Chinese study to K-5 students. Students meet weekly to experience the language and culture of China. Every week, we learn some Mandarin as we tie language learning into what children are learning in the regular classroom. Incorporating music and art helps the students look at the world with new eyes. By the time our Watkins students leave us, they have established a foundation of language and culture learning that can take them to the next level of inquiry.