About Us

Chinese Immersion Program
For 2014-15 Kindergarten Class
(You must be enrolled in SE Kindergarten to be eligible for the program.)

Enrollment for Pre K & New K Students
will be the week of February 3-7 at the Jenks Enrollment Center.
More details can be obtained on the jenksps.org website.
(Presently enrolled & attending Pre K will automatically roll over to Kindergarten.)

Important Dates
March 4
Parent Information Meetings for those interested in hearing more about the program 9:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. in our Multi-Purpose Room
April 1
Applications due to our office by 5:00 p.m.
April 11
Lottery – As Needed
April 14-18
Notification Letters will be mailed out
May 1
Mandatory Parent Meeting for those families that were drawn in the lottery.
May 9
Acceptance letters due to our office by 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lindy Risenhoover     
918-299-4411 Extension 5801  

The Jenks Southeast Chinese Program is the first partial immersion Chinese program in the state of Oklahoma.  It seeks to produce students who are bi-lingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural through immersion in the Mandarin Chinese language according to the 50/50 immersion model.

With the beginning of the 2010 – 2011 school year one class of 26 kindergarten students and one class of 26 1st grade students began spending half of their day in a class where the standard Jenks Public Schools core curriculum instruction in math and science is delivered in Mandarin Chinese.  Students spend the second half of their day receiving English instruction in literacy skills and social studies.  One additional Chinese immersion class will be added to the program each year until the Jenks Southeast Chinese program is K – 4, equal to the configuration of all JPS elementary schools.

The Jenks Southeast Chinese Program operates under the belief that language competence is fundamental to personal growth and to full and active participation in a democratic society.  The following are benefits we believe come from acquiring a second language at an early age:

  • Allows students to compete effectively in a global setting
  • Helps develop critical and creative thinking skills
  • Increases capacity to learn other languages
  • Creates social problem solvers
  • Creates risk-takers which respect to career choices
  • Creates confident individuals


Why Chinese?

  • China is the most populous country in the world with over 1.4 billion people.
  • Mandarin Chinese is the #1 spoken language in the world.
  • Mandarin Chinese is spoken by one out of every 5 people in the world.
  • Mandarin Chinese is the 3rd most spoken language in the United States.
  • China’s economy is the second largest in the world.
  • China is Oklahoma’s 5th largest trading partner.
  • Proficiency in Chinese can enable students to compete effectively in the global community of the future.