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Panda Press

The Panda Press is College Park's newsletter. 

It's distributed in printed form to all students weekly. 

2013-12-17 Panda Press

Past editions of the Panda Press can be found on the News page.

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School Office: 650-312-7691

Principal Diana Hallock
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President Sharon Vause
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Phone: 650-200-3350
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Preschool Information

For more information on the SMFCSD preschools visit: the preschool website by clicking here.  

Common Core Parent Page

Please click here for more details on the Common Core State Standards(CCSS) and related changes to the current curriculum, state testing proceeds, and instructional modifications facing all school across California.

API Scores are in!!

Once again, College Park students and teachers have done an outstanding job in all academic areas!  Our new API score is 892, a gain of 36 points from 2012!  That puts College Park as one of the highest performing schools in our district.  This is particularly amazing since half of each students' instructional day is in Mandarin!  We attribute our success to hard working students, teachers, staff and parents that make school their priority!   Way to go, Pandas!

Prospective Parents

Tours for new students for the 2014-15 school year will begin November 19, 2013 and continue through February.   Parents will have a brief presentation by the principal and a tour of several classrooms in both Mandarin and English as well as plenty of time to ask questions.  Due to the popularity of our program, it is unlikely that we will be able to accept students that do not live in the San Mateo Foster City School District.    Contact the principal, Diana Hallock, dhallock@smfc.k12.ca.us for details.

Tours are Tuesday mornings at 9:00am and last about an hour.  Our tours are for parents only so please arrange for babysitting for your children.  Spaces are limited and reservations are required.  We begin accepting tour requests November 1st.    Contact Tish at ewall@smfc.k12.ca.us or 650-312-7691 to make a tour reservation.


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Welcome to College Park

The Mandarin Immersion Talented and Gifted Program at College Park is founded on the belief that all students possess talents and gifts.  The educational program at College Park endeavors to identify, nurture and celebrate these qualities in all of our students.  In addition we believe that all students can benefit from, and have the capacity to be bilingual and bicultural.  Regardless of background or home language, all students spend 55% of their instructional day learning the California standards in Mandarin Chinese. 

All College Park teachers receive ongoing training in GLAD, RtI2 and GATE strategies.  GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition by Design) ensures that all students receive daily instruction in language development and advanced vocabulary in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  RtI2 (Response to Instruction and Intervention) utilizes frequent and specific assessments to determine how students are responding to instruction and refers students to interventions that may be required.  GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) gives teachers specific stragies to challenge students to think more critcally, approach challenges more creatively, and solve problems in unique and individual ways.  These are not programs taught in isolation but strategies to enrich instruction in all content areas and in both English and Mandarin.

Welcome to College Park, a rare, exciting  Mandarin gem in the heart of San Mateo-Foster City!

Diana Hallock


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