The Magazine of Santa Clarita — August, 2012
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Chinese Classes For High School Credit
Principal J. Li

If you are going to learn a foreign language, why not the most useful one? If you are destined to succeed, why not have your efforts credited for (High School)?

Working closely for more than two years with the Curriculum Department of the William Hart School District, meeting the district’s exceptional academic standards and passing its vigorous vetting process, SCV Chinese School (SCVCS) has finally been approved to offer Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language Credit Class to the district’s 26,000 plus students. These courses were earlier approved by the University of California for the A-G List of college enrollment requirements. In April, SCVCS was officially approved for WASC affiliation for academic accreditation.

This series is composed of Chinese (I, II, III) high school credit classes plus AP Chinese. Each level requires one school year of study. A beginner student will start at level I and receive five credit units each semester. Advanced students can join at a higher level upon passing the mandatory placement tests. Jr. High (grades seven and eight) students can enroll and receive certificates for their high school transcript. SCVCS also offers Chinese classes to Kindergarten through grade 12 students and adults on the weekend and before/after schools. The 2012-2013 school year starts in mid-August.

Chinese is not only the most spoken language, but increasingly the language of global economy and international politics. With China’s growth rate and its eagerness in inserting influences everywhere, today’s students inevitably grow up facing a world entangled in the Sino-US relationship – be it collaborative or confrontational. Learning the Chinese language and culture, and starting early, will prepare our children to be the next generation of global leaders.

Learning a language is a life long journey and Chinese is definitely not an easy one. It requires vision and commitment to start, dedication to progress, and endurance to succeed. In the meantime, Chinese has a relatively uncomplicated grammar. It has no verb conjugation (no need to memorize verb tenses!) And no noun declension (e.g., gender and number distinctions). The basic word order of Chinese is subject — verb — object, exactly as in English. Numbers zero to 10 are all single syllable – the real secret of Chinese students’ math superiority, believe it or not.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy Santa Clarita Valley Chinese School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and physical disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.

For more information, please call 661- 505-8020, email: principal@scvchineseschool. Com and visit www.scvchineseschool.com.
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