Valley Park Elementary cancels kindergarten enrollment for Chinese Immersion program

Chinese Immersion

One of the Blue Valley School District's two sites for its Chinese Immersion program will not welcome in a new class this fall as planned. Photo via Blue Valley School District website.

Valley Park Elementary in Overland Park, one of the two Blue Valley schools that hosts the school district’s Chinese Immersion program, canceled kindergarten enrollment for this fall.

In an email at the end of April, district officials told Valley Park Elementary parents that the school would no longer go forward with a new kindergarten cohort for the program for the 2023-24 school year.

The announcement comes in the middle of the district’s months-long evaluation of the immersive language program. The district is considering the next steps for the program’s long-term sustainability amid ongoing staffing challenges.