Schools

Chinese School: A List of Chinese Immersion Schools Across the Country

Chinese School Homework

If you’re looking for a Chinese school for your student to attend, you may want to check out an invaluable list of Chinese immersion schools we discovered recently. In fact, your search for a Chinese school may be over when you see the this list of Chinese immersion schools, published online by the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council on May 21, 2013, but last updated August 7, 2012.

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Chinese Characters: Simplified or Traditional?

For people who don’t have a background in Chinese, the distinction between simplified and traditional forms of Chinese characters may be unclear. In fact, many people don’t realize that Chinese characters have these two forms of standard writing. So for those contemplating studying Chinese or just starting out, which version is best to learn?

Simplified vs. traditional Chinese characters

It’s important to first note that this can be a very sensitive cultural and political issue for many people, so it may be best to avoid debates around simplified and traditional Chinese. In this post and on this site, we aim to completely avoid taking any side and simply want to provide information to our readers. In fact, our game app Chinese Fridge features both simplified and traditional Chinese characters because both are used by millions of people and have their own desirable aspects.

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Chinese Immersion School Expansion Backed by Education Commissioner in Massachusetts

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, Massachusetts, has gained the recommendation of the state education commissioner to be allowed to open a full high school.

Elementary and secondary education commissioner Mitchell Chester recommended the school to expand its curriculum to include grades all the way up to the 12th grade, according to The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The school currently offers  kindergarten through ninth grade.

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New York High School to Offer Chinese Classes for the First Time Ever

A public high school in New York will offer Chinese classes for its students for the first time ever, starting this year.

Kids at Fairport High School will be able to take beginning Chinese class in September, according to the Fairport-East Rochester Post.

Students will learn grammar, pronunciation and writing for Mandarin Chinese in the elective class offered through the Chinese School of Rochester. Nearby Brighton High School will host the 16 consecutive weekly lessons on Saturdays.

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Chinese School in New Jersey Celebrates 50 Years

For five decades, Mid-Jersey Chinese School has helped teach Chinese culture and language to children across central New Jersey, turning 50 years old this Chinese New Year.

The school has invited members of the local community to join in a large celebration showcasing the school’s contributions, according to East Brunswick Patch.

We at Chinese Fridge were very impressed to learn that the school offers three varieties of language classes for K-12 students — classes for heritage speakers who speak Chinese at home, kids who don’t speak Chinese at home and those who want to learn Cantonese.

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Conn. School’s Chinese Classes Up For Vote

A Connecticut school will soon offer Mandarin Chinese for kids to learn if the town’s school board agrees to a recommendation from the school superintendent, The Cheshire Citizen reports.

Part of the reason for the suggestion is the recent trend for schools to start offering Chinese classes for kids.

“Assistant School Superintendent Scott Detrick said he’s seen more and more school districts offering Chinese in the state and nationwide,” the article from The Cheshire Citizen said.

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