Barnard Elementary in Pacific Beach has been named a "Magnet School of Distinction" by the Magnet Schools of America.
Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, which moved to larger quarters
in Pacific Beach this school year, emphasised diversity, a school-wide
instructional approach, academic excellence and equity, according to
Principal Eddie Park.
In notifying Principal Park of the award,
Scott Thomas, Executive Director of Magnet Schools of America, said this
year's competition was especially tight, as more than 300 schools
submitted applications for awards, a record.
As a result of a more
rigorous selection and scoring process, a smaller percentage of schools
qualified for "Excellence" and "Distinguished" categories," he said.
Mandarin Chinese Program offers students the unique opportunity to
learn the Mandarin Chinese language. All students are immersed in
Mandarin Chinese during language lessons each day. Students experience
the Mandarin Chinese language through art, music, drama and physical
education activities. The core subject, which will be taught in English,
will be enriched with units of study on Chinese literature, social
studies, culture and festivals.
The school now offers
dual-immersion programs in Chinese, which it has offered since 2007-08,
Korean, which began last school year, and Japanese.
For more information, contact Principal Park at (858) 800-5700.