Chinese Immersion

Students will develop proficiency in the immersion language and increased cultural awareness.

XinXing is an early total immersion program. That means that all core subject matter is taught in Mandarin Chinese for the full day in kindergarten through grade 2. Students learn to read and write in Mandarin first. English language arts are introduced for the equivalent of one hour per day beginning in grades 3-4, and there is an even distribution of English and Mandarin by grades 5-6. Our goal is biliteracy in Chinese and English. Special curriculum areas (art, music, physical education) are taught in English, but we infuse Chinese language and culture into those courses whenever possible.

XinXing students have Chinese immersion course offerings for grades 7-12 at Hopkins West Junior High and Hopkins High School so that they can continue their Chinese as part of their secondary coursework and prepare for advanced coursework in Chinese at the college level.

Our goal is for students to reach an advanced level of proficiency by the end of grade 12, and to develop bi-literacy in both Chinese and English. Since 2007, XinXing has continued to be an example of excellence and a showcase for the benefits of immersion education.

For questions about Chinese immersion programming at Eisenhower Elementary, contact Melissa Ness at 952-988-4301 or

For questions about enrollment, contact Patricia Wright at 952-988-4003 or

We relocated from Duluth to send our daughter to XinXing Academy. It had the reputation of being rigorous and engaging with incredibly dedicated teachers — this has proven to be absolutely true! XinXing embraces the whole child and offers a complete immersion experience. 

Laura Jensen, XinXing parent

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Program Highlights

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bei Dou Xing

Bei Dou Xing, which means Northern or Guiding star, is the name for the group of XinXing Academy parents and community members who are dedicated to the success of the Hopkins Chinese immersion program.

This group of parent volunteers support Chinese curriculum and cultural activities for Hopkins Chinese immersion students. Bei Dou Xing is supported through grants and fund-raising activities. Bei Dou Xing events throughout the year include parent meetings, fundraising dinners, the Lunar New Year Festival, Longevity Event and Silent Auction, and the XinXing Family Picnic.

Bei Dou Xing contributes to XinXing by providing grants to teachers for licensure, Chinese-related field trips and for the purchase of Chinese-related classroom supplies. We also coordinate volunteers and provide supplies for cultural events such as the Lunar New Year Performance. Bei Dou Xing also supports community-building within Eisenhower Elementary by helping to fund Chinese-themed cultural experiences or grants for the entire school. Bei Dou Xing will support students thoughout their K-12 education, which distinguishes it from the PTO that supports Eisenhower Elementary school.

Complete information about Bei Dou Xing's activities and how to get involved can be found on their website.

Bei Dou Xing Website

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