Mandarin Language Arts Program

The application process is now open for the 2023/24 school year. Those received anytime in February are considered for priority placement.

To apply for the program please click here

For students and families considering Mandarin Language Arts, click on the video below to learn more.

To view a presentation about the Mandarin Language Arts Program, click here.

The Burnaby Board of Education is committed to providing students with unique learning options. Developed in Burnaby, the Mandarin Language Arts Program offers an enriching and rewarding opportunity for students to celebrate and appreciate an additional language and culture.

  • An option for children entering Kindergarten or Grade one
  • The program goes up to Grade 7
  • It is offered at Forest Grove Elementary School
  • Students study the regular core curriculum in English as prescribed by the Ministry of Education
  • A component of the Language Arts curriculum will be delivered in Mandarin
  • The program is designed for students who have strong English language skills


The program will develop

  • Mandarin oral communication skills
  • Reading and writing skills (Chinese simplified language)
  • An understanding of and appreciation for Mandarin Chinese culture

Application information

Students new to Burnaby Schools will first need to complete the Online Preliminary Registration for your child’s catchment school. Please visit our Registration Page for further details.

Once the Online Preliminary Registration is completed for your child’s catchment school, an application for the Mandarin Language Arts Program can be completed in February.