Concurrent Pathway for Chinese Language Learners

The Concurrent Pathway for Chinese Language Learners is a collaboration between the Mandarin Institute, San Francisco Unified School District, City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University Chinese Flagship.

Though the Concurrent Pathway, students with advanced Chinese proficiency may enroll in Mandarin courses at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to receive both high school and college credit.

Who is the Concurrent Pathway for?
Students with Chinese proficiency may participate including:
- Graduates of K-8 Mandarin or Cantonese Immersion programs
- Native Chinese speakers (Mandarin, Cantonese or other dialect) who have been educated in a Chinese speaking country
- Students educated in an English speaking country whose primary language is a Chinese dialect
- Students who have acquired strong proficiency in Chinese as an additional language

What are the benefits?
- Maintain and advance your Chinese, so you are fully bilingual and bilterate; part way to a Chinese minor; receive job offers based on bilingualism.
- Experience a college environment
- Earn college credits while in high school. Enter college with credit already accumulated. Most courses are UC/CSU transferable.
- Strengthen your college admissions application by demonstrating success in actual college courses.
- Boosts GPA in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade with an honors point.

When and where are the courses?
Recommended courses for high school students are offered on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. A CCSF placement test and survey will determine the appropriate class for each student.

Chinese 30A—Advanced Intermediate Mandarin
Thursday 4:10 pm -7:00 pm
Ocean Campus
For proficient Mandarin speakers who have formally studied Mandarin as additional language.

Chinese 30C—Advanced Intermediate Mandarin Continuation
Thursday 4:10 pm -7:00 pm
Ocean Campus
For proficient Mandarin speakers who have formally studied Mandarin as additional language and who have successfully completed CHIN 30B.

Chinese 31A—Intermediate Mandarin for Native Speakers
Thursday 4:10 pm -7:00 pm
Ocean Campus
For native Mandarin speakers who have formally studied Mandarin.

Chinese 14A—Conversational Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects
Saturday 9:10 am -12:00 noon
Chinatown Center
For Cantonese speakers to learn oral Mandarin. Some written Chinese ability is required.The 14 Series is CSU transferable but not UC, and not eligible for HS world language credit but eligible for HS elective credit with permission from your administrator/high school counselor.


SFUSD students will be provided with an enrollment packet by the SFUSD Dual Enrollment team. SFUSD and Independent high school students can download the FALL 2017 enrollment pack below. The consent form is required every semester to be signed by your high school administrator. This must be emailed to by April 28,2017. Please check your email for confirmation that the consent form has been processed so that you can register for your class. Please contact with any questions.

We will be hosting an Application Workshop!
Date: April 10, 2017  
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm  Can check in as early as 4:45.
Presentation at 5:00 pm but students can go directly to
placement and application.
Location: City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Rosenberg Library, Room 304
RSVP: by April 3rd at to get a parking pass

Bring the results of your CCSF online placement test and online survey. Instructions for completing the placement test can be downloaded below. The link to the online survey is

*Please note that the online placement test is a CCSF requirement that needs to be completed by all applicants and is not the same as the SFUSD Chinese placement test. This test will contain both simplified and traditional characters and students should complete all the questions that they can. It is an adaptive test which means it changes depending on each student’s answers. Students should expect it to take ~30-45 minutes.

Download the Enrollment Packet for the process and important dates for FALL 2017 for more details.

IMPORTANT DATES for High School Students

It is extremely important that students follow the procedures and deadlines exactly as listed in the packet, with the first step being that all students must apply to CCSF no later than Friday, April 21, 2017 as the system will only be open from Monday April 10-Friday April 21 for freshman and sophomore high school students. Also, remember that the consent form will need to be signed by the student, the parent/guardian, and the high school administrator/counselor and submitted by April 28,2017 per the enrollment packet.

For students who are not able to attend the Application Workshop April 10th, complete the CCSF on-line placement test and online Survey and email the results to Cantonese immersion students need to email to schedule an oral interview by phone. Please download the Enrollment Packet Did NOT attend 4.10 below for further instructions.

APPLY during the online enrollment period to City College SF APRIL 10-21, 2017
You will receive a CCSF student ID and email within 24-48 hours after applying via email.

SUBMIT ALL paperwork including High School Authorization and FERPA forms by April 28 to SFUSD Dual Enrollment Coordinator. If you miss the deadline bring them directly to the Office of Admissions and Records, 50 Phelan Avenue, Conlan Hall, Room 107 to see if they can process them.

REGISTER for your course using the CCSF Student Online Portal Web4
June 2017 - August 2017

If you are a student enrolled at an SFUSD High school, contact Meg Hudson at or (415) 379-7606 for any questions.

Where to next?
The San Francisco State University (SFSU) Chinese Flagship Program is for undergraduate students seeking careers related to China and the Chinese-speaking world.

Intensive language instruction and cultural training at SFSU and overseas facilitates mastery and application of the language for long-term success.

 Download the Flyer

FERPA Release Form.pdf145.25 KB
CCSF Chinese Placement Instructions fall 2017.pdf622.05 KB
MI_SFUSD_CCSF 2017 FALL Concurrent Enrollment Packet.pdf550 KB
Mandarin Institute SFUSD CCSF Concurrent Enrollment Opportunity flyer.pdf273.95 KB
Mandarin Institute SFUSD_CCSF_SFSU Pathway FALL 2017.pdf1.74 MB
Fall 2017 Mandarin Outreach Enrollment Packet Did Not Attend 4.10.pdf1.14 MB