The ratio of Mandarin and English instruction is 50/50 in all grades. The students learn spoken Mandarin and to read and write simplified Chinese characters. The students have daily instruction in math, social studies, science, Mandarin language arts, and reading/phonics instruction in English.
We aspire to nurture well-rounded children. In support, the PTA raises funds to supplement academics with a music, art, and STEAM classes.
The students also participate in a mindfulness class, facilitated by The Mindful Life Project, which helps students gain self-awareness, confidence, self-regulation and resilience – lifelong skills. In addition, Skyhawks Sports Academy coaches structured play and sports activities during morning and lunch recess.
School hours for Grades K – 3rd: 8:15 am to 2:05 pm everyday, except Wednesdays. Dismissal is at 1:30 pm every Wednesday. / Grades 4th – 5th: 8:15 am – 2:20 pm, except Wednesdays. Dismissal is at 1:50 pm every Wednesday.
Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world, with over 1.3 billion native and second language speakers, and as validated by Ioannis Ikonomou, a translator who speaks 32 languages, Mandarin is difficult to learn. However, despite its level of difficulty, students learn Mandarin effortlessly when they are taught in an immersion setting with teachers who are native speakers. Students learn Mandarin fluidly by use of visual aides, singing songs, learning phrases for everyday greetings and routines, hands-on activities, and repetition generally.