The New York Chinese School (NYCS), located right in the heart of the New York Chinatown, is a non-profit, community-based organization, affiliated with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) of New York, a parent agency of 60 civic and family associations in the New York Chinatown community. The school was established in 1909, during the Chin Dynasty, as the very first overseas Chinese school, starting with only about 20 students at the beginning of the 20th century, growing up to about 3,000 students when turning into the 21st century, is now the largest overseas Chinese School in North America. The New York Chinese School has been chartered by the New York State Education Department since 1967, and is a federally tax-exempt organization under 501(c) (3).
Over the past more than 100 years, the NYCS has been working very hard with thousands of students every year; they learn from the dedicated teachers not only the Chinese language, but also its history, culture, with emphasis on the Chinese traditional ethics of values and virtues. At present, the NYCS provides Chinese education based on levels of various grades, from kindergarten through12th grades, plus adult classes of beginning, intermediate, intermediate advanced; the students at the NYCS also learn Chinese culture, poetry, calligraphy. In addition, the NYCS offers students with a variety of classes in dancing, painting, piano, among others, so that their learning become more comprehensive and interesting. Currently, the NYCS students body is composed of 85% Chinese ethnic born in the United States, and 15% non-Chinese (including, Whites, African Americans, Hispanic, and Asians other than Chinese). Located at 62 Mott Street, in Chinatown, the NYCS has a total of 24 classrooms, 1 dance studio, 2 piano rooms, a modern indoor gym, and an auditorium with a capacity of 430 people, all within the same building, making it the largest Chinese School building in North America.
Ever since Ms. Nora Chang Wang, the Principal of NYCS, took over the leadership in September 2016, the reputable NYCS has been undergoing a series of improvement projects, including replacing all Year-1961 student desks and chairs in classrooms with brand new ones, all worn-out blackboards with new ones and modern white boards, renovating all restrooms for students with varying ages, installing classroom projectors for digital instruction and multi-media applications; furthermore, the School has been intensively engaged in the development/design of updated curriculum overview and testing measurement, as well as on-going staff training and capacity building for all teachers. All the above-mentioned physical upgrades and quality improvement during the initial stage under Principal Chang Wang´s leadership is continuing, as the NYCS´ new administration truly believes in the management mode of continuous improvement.
Looking ahead, Principal Nora Chang Wang, along with deep appreciation for the strong support from the NYCS Board of Directors, and for the cooperation and efforts from all staff, during the initial stage, is optimistic and confident for the NYCS´ future, growing into a unique and quality-focused institution for overseas Chinese education, and a model for all other localities, not only in the U.S., North America, and even in the world.
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