8:15- 3:15 (Pick up 3:15- 4:00pm)
Aftercare is provided for a fee from 4:00 to 6:00
As a South Carolina public charter school, our curriculum is aligned to the SC standards in all subjects. ELA students will be fully immersed in the Mandarin language for 50% of the academic day, during which time they will develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing using instructional strategies and resources compatible with best practices in immersion education.
The primary goal of the program is to provide students the opportunity to become bi-lingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural, as well as to prepare them to meet the challenges of a global community in the 21st Century. Students are instructed so they can attain an academic achievement that is at or above grade level as measured by annual assessments administered by the SCDE.
Elementary - Grades K-4
In grades K-4, some core subjects are taught in English and some in Chinese. Students start each day with Morning Meeting, where teachers and students gather in a circle and interact to build a strong sense of community and set children up for success socially and academically.
Subjects taught in Chinese include math, science and Mandarin language arts. Subject taught in English include reading, writing and social studies/history. Related arts classes may include PE, music, dance, computer education, or art and are taught in English or Chinese.
For subjects taught in Chinese, ELA adapts and develops instructional resources that are either aligned with the SC State Standards or are easily aligned to produce grade appropriate and linguistically accessible Chinese teaching materials.
Middle - Grades 5-8
In the middle grades, students take five core subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Studies/History, and Chinese). Related arts classes vary but include PE, art, music, and computer education. In 8th grade, students may take English 1 and Algebra 1 for high school credit if they pass a placement test. Beginning in 5th grade, ELA offers two threads of Chinese: one for those who attended elementary immersion in K-4 and one for new students entering in 5th grade. Our goal is for students to gain the highest proficiency they can upon program completion. Because we want the best for our students academically, students are encouraged to work hard to meet the challenging expectations.
In 8th grade, students will have an opportunity to travel to China (as post-Covid restrictions allow).