MIMS was formed by the HISD Board of Education six years ago. The school’s primary champion was HISD Board Trustee Harvin Moore, who had visited an elementary school with a similar model, Barnard Elementary, in Superintendent Terry Grier’s former San Diego school district, and led the eﬀ ort to plan and create the school here. The school’s immediate popularity broadened interest in the study of world languages and cultures in Houston, and led to the creation of dozens of additional dual language programs in HISD, preparing the next generation for the global economy. MIMS was recognized as the third most diverse school in Texas for 2015-16 by Public School Review. After four years of consistent growth, the school moved in a new $32 million facility in Fall 2016. MIMS is now the largest Chinese immersion school in the US.
MIMS is a magnet school with admission open to all HISD families by lottery. As a full school immersion program, MIMS students get approximately half their education each day in Mandarin and half in English. Taking an immersive approach both to language and cultural understanding, the school draws on Houston’s diversity as well its wealth of art and culture. MIMS has changed the way Houston views foreign language education, and demonstrates Houston’s embrace of diversity and its status as an international gateway city.