Chinese School of Delaware is a not-for-profit educational weekend school located at the Chinese American Community Center in Hockessin, Delaware. It was established in 1971 by a few families in the area. Over the years, it has grown into a school with 180 students at times. Along with the Chinese American Community Center (CACC), the school has been recognized as the local resource for Chinese culture and language. It is the vision of the Chinese School of Delaware to become a Chinese language school, which serves the community at large, and individuals who are interested in learning Chinese and its culture.
In 1992, Brandywine and Red Clay School districts approved the process where High School students, who study Chinese at the Chinese School of Delaware, will be accredited with half Carnegie Unit per each academic year. The Red Clay School District also invited the Chinese School as a partner and started offering Chinese as a foreign language course in John Dickenson High School. This program was expanded to include A. I. Du Pont High School and H. B. DuPont Middle School in 1993-1994 school year. The curriculum of the Chinese School of Delaware, in addition to teaching Chinese, also includes cultural activities, such as calligraphy, cooking, Ping-pong, Yo-Yo, Chinese Kung-Fu, Craft, Chinese Chess and checkers. Parents and school officials also are actively involved in the community for introducing Chinese cultures at various organizations and public schools.
Starting in fall 2005, the class structure is modified to have a two track system. Track H is for families who speak Chinese at home (heritage students) and track I is for families who do not speak Chinese at home (Immersion students). However, both track students will join together for culture classes mentioned above. Depends on the public interest, an adult conversational class is also offered. In 2005-06 school year, 7 teachers and 1 school administrator have participated College Board AP Chinese training and received their certificates. Four teachers have been teaching at public schools.
The school starts at the week after labor day. There are two semesters of 16 weeks each. Classes meet every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm with three periods of 45, 40, and 45 minutes, respectively. More detailed information is available on the school web site (www.ChineseSchoolDE.org). If you need additional information, regarding placement of the students, please contact the school principal.
德立華中文學校目前有國語班十六班，採雙軌制。A-Track 適合家裏說華語的學生，B-Track 適合家裏不說華語的學生。目前有學前班兩班、幼稚園一班、一至八年級)。本校注重師資培訓並積極鼓勵老師投入主流學校教學，2013-14 學年度，本校七位老師及一位行政人員參加美國大學理事會(College Board)所舉辦之AP中文師資培訓，目前有四位老師任教於主流學校。
The Chinese School of Delaware prohibits “discrimination, harassment, or any other conduct that diminishes the worth of a person is incompatible with our fundamental commitment as a Chinese heritage school. Every person, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability shall be treated with respect and dignity. No person shall be subject to any sexual, racial, psychological, physical, verbal or other similar harassment or abuse, or be denied equitable consideration for access to employment and the programs, services, and activities of the school.”
The school also upholds students’ rights to “full expression,” adding: “In upholding this freedom for its students, the school requires that the expression of opinion not interrupt or disrupt the primary teaching, research and administrative functions of the school or any other activity or proceeding on school premises which is generally accepted as a legitimate school function.”