School of Chinese Studies
Toddlers, Kids & Teens
Join Our Children’s Language Program Open House! – Saturday, August 18, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The School of Chinese Studies (the School, 华美学苑) provides premier caliber, insightful, stimulating, and time-tested education programs enabling students of all ages to gain an in-depth understanding of China. Founded in 1933, the School was the first China-focused educational center in the United States, and was chartered in 1944 by the Board of Regents of the New York State Department of Education. Today, the School’s comprehensive slate of courses fosters a life-long learning community for all who wish to learn more about China’s language, art, culture, history, people, and society.
The School has more than seven decades of experience identifying, developing, applying, and disseminating best practices for teaching Chinese language and culture in K-12 classrooms. We believe that early exposure to Chinese language and culture tremendously benefits children’s cognitive, social and emotional growth. Our education programs build a solid foundation for children to gain linguistic skills, build their cross-cultural competence, and pursue life with an open mind.
When introducing children to Chinese language and culture, we inspire their creative minds through experiential learning and play. Our early childhood education experts have created a preschool curriculum that develops an enduring interest in a multi-cultural world through activities that center on meaningful activities in a child’s everyday life.
For children old enough to learn in a more systematic and structured way, we provide rigorous instruction that provides them with a solid command of Chinese language in both oral communication and literacy. Content in these courses weave in key aspects of both traditional and contemporary Chinese culture.
Our dedicated educators are specifically trained in early childhood education and in teaching Chinese as a second language and are devoted to furthering the personal growth of each and every student. They serve our students in the Institute’s state-of-the-art Lower Manhattan facility, where young people are not just introduced to China, but also receive the support and guidance necessary to spark a lifelong interest in one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures.
School of Chinese Studies Programs at a glance:
The Little Mandarins (小橘子): • Mandarin Munchkins (18 months-2 years old) • Pre-K (3s & 4s)
After-school Program: • Downtown • Upper East Side
STEAM + Mandarin • Summer Day Camp • Private Tutoring • AP & SAT Prep