(WASHINGTON) Their children’s education is a top priority for most parents, but not all would go as far as the Founding Members of a public charter school established in our Nation’s Capital.
Chinese immersion in grade school! It’s one of many impressive offerings that sets Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington D.C. apart from other schools.
Amy Quinn/ Yu Ying Dir. of Teaching and Learning
“They learn everything through both Chinese and English, because it is an immersion program,” said Amy Quinn, Yu Ying Director of Teaching and Learning.
“For our family it is a very important language, this is part of our family culture,” said parent Veronica Jimenez. “But we consider ourselves absolutely lucky that it’s happening with Chinese.”
Jimenez has two children who attend Yu Ying and they’re learning Mandarin, one of most used languages in the world.
Founded by a group of parents in 2008, Yu Ying has grown from a couple of grades to serving kids Pre-k through 5th grade with nearly 600 students. The school’s International Baccalaureate program is designed to teach students critical thinking.
“When they encounter any situation, any problem, any new knowledge they take the knowledge and they analyze it,” said Quinn. “It’s very different to the way I was educated.”
Yu Ying is very different academically and also offers a unique setting.
“When we were looking for a permanent space we realized we really wanted to utilize the environment to again build our students’ understanding through application of learning,” said Quinn.
The “Founders Forest” is a one acre outdoor classroom that is a very unique aspect for any inner-city DC school, but the eight founding parents really wanted their students to have their own nature center.
“We are a city school but within a forest and that is fantastic,” said Quinn.
Another aspect of the school, an intense feeling of community.
“We really cultivate a community, we include parents in that community idea,” said Quinn. “We bring parents in to talk to them about everything that we are doing.”
Inclusion any parent would likely welcome, and part of what makes this innovative school, which is opening the world to its students, such a popular place to learn.