The Online Collection of National Heritage Language Program Profiles

Chinese Programs

Community Based:

Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy (ACCA) was founded in 1992 and serves as the largest children's learning center for Chinese language and culture in metropolitan Atlanta. It has three campuses in the area, more than 1,200 students, and 65 well qualified teachers. ACCA promotes Chinese culture and language heritage as well as excellence in language academics. It offers students various classes including language, art, SAT verbal, and math.

Chinese - Cantonese and Mandarin
Chinese Language School of Columbia
Ellicott City, MD

Established in 1975, the Chinese Language School of Columbia offers the local community an opportunity to learn Chinese culture and language. The aim is that the school helps students preserve their customs, cultures, and language ability. To achieve these aims, the program offers Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese to mostly second-generation Chinese immigrants, and hosts cultural events for the local community members so that they can experience the rich Chinese culture.

Chinese Language School of the Chinese Cultural Center
Hartford, CT

The Chinese Language School strives to provide heritage students, adopted children from China and others interested in learning Chinese, with an environment to learn the language and culture.

Chinese School of Southern Westchester (CSSW)
Scarsdale, NY

Chinese School of Southern Westchester (CSSW) was funded in 1981 is a non-profit organization. CSSW promotes the teaching of Chinese language and arts, and the understanding of Chinese culture and traditions. The school is open to all students regardless of race, religion, or creed. Programs serve PreK-12 students on Saturday mornings at the facilities of Edgemont High School. CSSW devotes substantial resources to parent and adult education.

Chong Wa Education Society
Seattle, WA

One of the oldest Chinese schools in the state of Washington, the Chong Wa Education Society provides its students with an opportunity to become proficient in the Chinese language and culture.

Chinese - Mandarin
Cleveland Contemporary Chinese School

Cleveland, OH

Founded in 1995, this community-based school teaches Chinese language and culture in order to promote cultural exchange between Chinese and American people. It also serves as a place for families to participate in local Chinese community activities and a way for children to maintain the language.

Chinese - Mandarin and Taiwanese
Columbus Chinese Academy
Columbus, OH

This program was founded in 1973 to offer Chinese language and cultural classes for children from 3 to 18 years old.

Chinese - Mandarin
Dayton Chinese Language School

Dayton, OH

The Dayton Chinese Language School was established in 1977 to provide Chinese language education and cultural enrichment to children (K-12) and residents of the greater Dayton area. The program consists of language classes and cultural activities.

Huaxia Chinese School of Lehigh Valley

Bethlehem, PA

This school was founded in 1998 by members of the local mainland Chinese community to address the growing need for a school that would teach simplified Chinese characters to their children. It now teaches Chinese language and culture to anyone interested, regardless of language background. Chinese as a second language classes and culture classes are offered in addition to heritage language classes.

Lansing Chinese School
Okemos, MI

This program was founded in 1986 to provide students with an opportunity to study Chinese language and culture. Additionally, the program seeks to provide support for individuals and organizations that share a common interest in Chinese ethnic and cultural heritage.

Chinese - Mandarin
Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center

Los Angeles, CA

The Chinese Learning Center of Los Angeles works to provide students and professional companies with instruction and training. By making use of an extensive network of business specialists in China and local Chinese business specialists, the Chinese Learning Center customizes instruction for future business success. Staff teach their students how to learn Chinese by working with effective memory methods.

Northern Virginia Experimental Chinese School
Chantilly, VA

This community-based school provides the local community with the opportunity to acquire Chinese language and cultural knowledge and promotes awareness of cultural diversity and harmony. It also offers cultural, social, sports, and other extra-curricular activities.

Sunray Chinese School at Plano
McKinney, TX

This is a community-based school offers several levels of Mandarin for all ages of Mandarin speakers. The school has three different locations in Texas and more than twenty years of experience with heritage language education.

Xilin NU Chinese School

Wilmette, IL

The mission of the Xilin NU Chinese School is for all students to enjoy the experience of learning Chinese language and culture and to enhance students' academic competitiveness and social skills.

YingHua Language School
Princeton, NJ

YingHua Language School is committed to inspiring and facilitating Chinese language learning; promoting children’s linguistic, cognitive, and social development; and empowering local communities.

PreK -12 and Adults:

Chinese Program/Flushing High School
Flushing, NY

The purpose of this high school program is to develop high-level literacy skills in Chinese of students who speak Mandarin Chinese as a first language and to develop a full range of Chinese language skills of heritage language learners.

Chinese School of Delaware
Hockessin, DE

The school’s classes for high school students focus on strengthening basic Mandarin literacy and Chinese identity.

Higher Education:

Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taiwanese
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

This program offers advanced level language classes for heritage speakers of Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. The language track includes a special course of study for Business Chinese.

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

The university offers a dual-track Chinese program, with separate courses for heritage speakers of Mandarin and Cantonese. The heritage course are administered within a foreign language program.

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

This course focuses on developing heritage speakers’ basic reading and writing abilities in standard Chinese while enhancing listening and speaking proficiencies.

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