West Suburban Chinese School, Illinois:
The West Suburban Chinese Language School in Elmhurst was founded 1978, by Chinese families living in eastern DuPage County, Illinois, for the purpose of teaching Chinese language (Mandarin) and Chinese culture to young people. It is a non-profit organization, funded primarily by participating members and families. In addition, all members are required to volunteer time and services for various school activities. Over the years, the school has developed into a quality language and culture center, equipped to serve all residents in the area regardless of age or ethnicity. The school is located approximately 20 miles from downtown Chicago, and is a member of the Midwest Chinese Language School Association.
There are two 16-week semesters per year. Basically, the school schedule follows that of the public schools in DuPage County. All language classes are conducted from 1:30 to 3:30 each Sunday afternoon. There is a twenty-minute break, during which time a snack is provided to all students.There are twelve grades levels. Text books are supplied by the school and supplementary teaching materials, which cover Chinese society, culture, history, and philosophy, are also used.
There are various cultural activities for all students to participate in from 3:40 to 4:30 PM. These are electives which vary each semester. For this upcoming school year, they include: Chinese dance, Chinese painting, Karate, Chinese calligraphy, and Conversational Chinese.