About Mandarin Immersion in RWC


Nestled on Eagle Hill, the campus today houses the Orion Alternative and Mandarin Immersion programs. 


Back in 2013, a group of parents interested in bringing Mandarin Immersion learning opportunities to Redwood City came together to garner support from the community to start a program in the public school district. Through grassroots organizing and in close collaboration with Redwood City School District (RCSD) administration, the group’s proposal to establish a K-8 Mandarin Immersion Program was approved by the RCSD School Board. The inaugural Kindergarten and first grade classes started in the fall of 2015.

Screen Shot 2019-04-09 at 9.07.27 AM.png



Principal Katherine Rivera has been instrumental in developing and growing the MI program since its inception. She is not only bilingual herself, but also has a background in bilingual education and a long history of teaching in Redwood City School District.

Learn more about Principal Rivera on the district website.


1. Creating a nurturing learning environment.

2. Supporting mutually respectful relationships.

3. Having families actively participate in the school.

4. Developing our children's self-esteem.


The school is centrally located in Redwood City, about 10 minutes driving distance from 101, 15 minutes driving distance from 280, and a 20 minute walk to the Caltrain station and downtown. The school is surrounded by mostly single home neighborhoods with Red Morton Park and Community Center within close walking distance.

The historic campus is situated on Eagle Hill, with one side bordering Jefferson St. and the other sides surrounded by homes in the neighborhood. Several huge beautiful redwood trees shade the campus with plenty of outdoor space, sports fields, and playgrounds for students to explore. As of Fall of 2019, the campus is undergoing renovations and certain parts of campus are not accessible.