West County Mandarin School (WCMS) is a Mandarin immersion, International Baccalaureate (IB) school located in Richmond, California. WCMS is the first Mandarin immersion public school in California to earn the acclaimed authorization as an IB school. WCMS opened on August 21, 2017 with three kindergarten classes, and it will grow to K-8 by adding a new grade each year. WCMS will have grades K – 4 in the 2021/2022 school year.
The WCMS immersion model is one-way; students are not required to know any Mandarin prior to attending. Even so, nearly a quarter of the students are intermediate to advanced speakers, and they enthusiastically help the novice students.
West County Mandarin School is the culmination of a collaboration between parents and community members and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. It is the first Mandarin immersion school in the WCCUSD and the first whole school Mandarin immersion program in an East Bay Public School District. Students from all over the District attend WCMS. Our community is bonded by the desire to provide a quality, multilingual education that will prepare our students to become critical thinkers, leaders and problem solvers in our increasingly globally connected world
WCMS is Moving to Pinole Next School Year!
West County Mandarin School is pleased to announce that it is moving to a new permanent location in Pinole starting the 2021-22 school year! West County Mandarin School will be co-located at the same property as Pinole Middle School at 1575 Mann Drive, Pinole, CA 94565 close to Hwy 80 and Appian Way. West County Mandarin School will be located in its own separate building on the property. We are excited for our students to be located in this excellent modern school facility that will support the long term academic and social-emotional success of our students!