Northwest Chinese Academy moves to TV HWY location
One of the top Mandarin Chinese immersion schools in the nation, Northwest Chinese Academy, is taking over the old Faith Bible School campus off of TV Highway in Aloha this month.
According to NWCA, the school provides the highest continuous level of Mandarin Chinese immersion in the nation — meaning the highest percentage of the school subjects conducted in Mandarin — offering 90% curriculum in Chinese and 10% in English during the day for students pre-k through 8th grade. All classes, including art, music, and PE are taught in Mandarin, with the only exception being English literacy. NWCA is the only 90/10 Chinese program in the state, said Tina Jenq, president of the board of directors for the school. Students in 3rd grade and above also makes a bi-yearly trip to China to improve their language skills and immersion.
"Our school had an independent site visit by Dr. Shuhan Wang, a national expert in Mandarin Chinese Immersion, who stated that Northwest Chinese Academy had the highest level of immersion of any program she had encountered in the country," said Jenq. "Our most recent independent testing results from 2018 (Avant) Stamp 4Se demonstrated that 100% of our children reached our Chinese competency goals. And this was coupled with the fact that 100% of our children passed grade specific Oregon state standards for course testing via English based tests, Smarter Balanced English/Math/Science/Social Studies."
Founded in July 2008, the school has been located at 8565 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy., but it will soon occupy the 16860 SW Blanton Street campus previously occupied by Faith Bible elementary/middle school, which also relocated in recent months to Hillsboro.
The move will allow the immersion school to double its capacity in time for fall, offering education to up to 200 students.
"We are so excited to find our forever home," said NWCA preschool parent and Advisory Board member Amber Richardson in a press release from the school. "We love that our 3-acre campus is clustered near other schools like the International School of Beaverton and Aloha-Huber. The move westward will allow us to offer a Mandarin immersion education to the growing communities of Aloha and Hillsboro, while remaining very accessible to our Beaverton families."
The new campus boasts eight buildings with three plays areas, performance space and sits on three acres of land.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
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