|submitted by Alexv on Sep 29, 2009|
Program Type: Enrichment, Weekend/Heritage
The Contra Costa Chinese School, located at the Diablo Community College in the East Bay was established in 1976 in Walnut Creek. With the devotion and contributions of numerous volunteers over the past 30 years, CCCS has expanded into a respected and well-established Chinese language school for students in grades K-12. The School also provides a complete pre-college Chinese language program, which is equivalent to many college level curriculums. With over 350 students, 30 teachers, and 250 families attending every Saturday, the School is among the largest and oldest Chinese schools in Northern California.
The School holds classes every Saturday afternoon. On a typical school day, students attend two hours of language instruction and one hour of a cultural Enrichment Program (EP) course. The EP program introduces students to a wide range of skills and Chinese arts, including: Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, western painting, Chinese knots, abacus and mental math, Chinese dancing, Chinese chess, Chinese martial arts/ kung fu, Chinese yo-yo, Applied Chinese conversation, Chinese poetry, homework tutoring, and basketball, etc.
For the lower grades (K- 4th grades), the School offers dual track teaching in phonetic and ping-yin teaching, as well as traditional and simplified Chinese texts. For the upper grades (8th grade and above), the classes use Integrated Chinese textbooks, which are the same texts used in U.C. Berkeley Chinese language courses. The high school accreditation program allows high school students to secure their foreign language credits in numerous local school districts. Chinese SAT II and Adult conversation classes are also offered.
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