LePort Montessori School Irvine Mandarin

An authentic, nurturing Montessori school, offering Mandarin Chinese immersion toddler daycare and preschool/kindergarten

At LePort Montessori Irvine Mandarin children are able to experience an authentic, nurturing Montessori environment, with the added benefit of full immersion in Mandarin Chinese. At our school, you’ll join a community of families who are committed to giving their child the gift of bilingualism in a joyful, natural way, just as part of going to preschool each day. Both teachers in each of our classrooms are native Chinese speakers, and speak with the children and with each other in Mandarin. As our oldest students have been in this immersive environment for several years (our school opened in 2014, and we run three-year mixed-age classrooms for preschool/kindergarten) they, too, contribute to Chinese being just in the air, so younger children can absorb the language naturally. All this learning and living of Chinese happens in a Montessori environment where children gain what we call Knowledge for Life: the essential knowledge, thinking skills and strength of character needed to flourish as joyous children today, and as successful adults tomorrow.

Our school is located in the heart of Irvine, in the Westpark neighborhood, easy to reach from the 5 and 405. While most of our community comes from Irvine and Tustin, a good number of families commute to our school from cities all over Orange County, as far south as San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel, as far north as Rossmoor and Villa Park, and west to Newport Beach, so their children can benefit from the unique combination of Montessori and Chinese immersion.

Children at our school are surrounded by a beautiful environment. The bright, spacious classrooms with direct access to the outdoors are equipped with a full set of Montessori materials, including books and language materials in Mandarin Chinese, using Zhuyin phonetics and traditional characters. Our teachers make Chinese culture come to life with stories, songs, and many cultural elements in the classrooms, from art on the wall to decorative accents and Chinese containers for the many activities in the classroom. Two age-appropriate natural playgrounds surround our school, and invite the children to creative, active play in the outdoors.

Our team of passionate educators look forward to meeting you, showing you around our school, and sharing their passion for authentic Montessori education. As Montessori is not a trademarked term, Montessori schools vary widely in quality: some daycares and preschools use the name for marketing, without delivering on the promise of a great education. Not so at LePort! Our leadership team is committed to the union of Montessori and Mandarin Chinese immersion: our Head of School, Ms. Katherine Yang, fell in love with LePort Montessori and the Mandarin Chinese immersion program as a parent, and helped start the program in 2014. In addition to our teachers, several of our admin team—including Eva Duan, our Business Manager—are fully bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese, and are happy to speak with you about our programs in either language.

Explore our programs. Look at our photo gallery. Read our staff bios and parent reviews.
Then schedule a tour: seeing is believing!

LePort Montessori
Irvine Mandarin
3935 Alton Pkwy, Westpark Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
Admissions: 949-430-7276
General Office: 949-525-9998
irvinemandarin@leportschools.com

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Programs Offered

Toddler Daycare, Preschool / Kindergarten, Mandarin Chinese Immersion

LePort Montessori Irvine Mandarin School and Admissions Quick Facts:

  • A school dedicated to authentic Montessori taught in Mandarin Chinese: authentic Montessori from toddler daycare through kindergarten (ages 3 months – 6 years), with seven classrooms, all of which are full immersion environments, where both the lead teacher and the assistant speak only in Mandarin with the children.
  • Convenient year-round program and working-parent friendly hours: open 7 am – 6 pm, with a 3 pm pick-up option, and daily onsite after school enrichment programs, from kung fu, soccer, dance and music.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Irvine. Easy access to the 5 and 405 (off Culver, at Alton), in the Westpark shopping center.
  • A safe neighborhood setting: our school building was completely remodeled into a preschool in 2014, with en-suite bathrooms for each class, and direct outdoor access to playgrounds
  • Accepting enrollments year-round (space permitting); tour now and enroll immediately or join the waitlist to secure enrollment for the next school year
  • Limited needs-based financial aid available
  • Montessori-trained head teachers in each classroom

Give the Gift of Bilingualism

Mandarin Chinese immersion for Toddler and Preschool / Kindergarten

Toddlers and preschoolers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn a second language almost effortlessly. In the Chinese immersion Montessori classrooms for toddler and preschool/kindergarten, both the Montessori-trained head teacher and the assistant teacher are native Mandarin Chinese speakers, and speak solely in Chinese with the children from 8 am to 3 pm everyday.

Students receive Montessori lessons in Chinese, sing songs in Chinese, and (in preschool) learn to write and read in Chinese. The mixed-age Montessori communities are rich environments for natural language acquisition. You can give your child the gift of being bilingual—just by enrolling them in our Mandarin immersion program!

See Chinese immersion in action and listen to why parents are thrilled with their children’s Chinese immersion experiences at LePort Montessori.

More questions? Read our Mandarin immersion FAQs.

Katherine Yang
Head of School

We are excited to welcome you to our Mandarin immersion campus in Irvine’s Westpark neighborhood.

Before I joined LePort to lead the startup of this school, I was in your shoes: I had been researching Chinese immersion programs for my then two-year old daughter. I really wanted her to be fully bilingual, especially as I had personally experienced how quickly Chinese language skills can atrophy when you are surrounded solely by English all day. My two-year old daughter is now close to 6-years old and fully bilingual. I’ve seen the result of this program as a parent and as an administrator.

I’m excited to help parents discover our unique program and enable their children to grow up bilingually. Please call me. I would love to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.

Discover LePort Montessori Irvine Mandarin

Staff Photos and Bios

Katherine Yang
Head of School

Eva Duan
Business Manager

Suet Chow
Head Montessori Teacher (Toddler)

Lisa Underdal
Head Montessori Teacher (Primary)

Schedule a Tour

Contact us today to request a tour and to receive information about our programs and special offers.

By providing us with your phone number, you consent to being contacted by LePort Montessori and/or its affiliated schools regarding their educational programs, whether such contact is by phone, autodialer, recorded message, or text. Please note: Your consent is not required as a condition of enrollment.

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By providing us with your phone number, you consent to being contacted by LePort Montessori and/or its affiliated schools regarding their educational programs, whether such contact is by phone, autodialer, recorded message, or text. Please note: Your consent is not required as a condition of enrollment.