A Comprehensive Education
We foster our students’ lifelong love of learning. We encourage the growth of the whole person and we work with our students to help them grow into ethical, compassionate, and responsible members of the local and global community. We teach them respect for the view of others’ beliefs and cultures, and the value of community involvement.
The Chinese School of San Diego (CSSD) has a history dating back to over 100 years. It is the oldest Chinese school in San Diego and it offers classes in two Chinese dialects, Cantonese and Mandarin courses for students to enroll in. Enrollment grade levels are the same for both dialects, starting from preschool (must be at least 4 years old) to adult.
The CSSD aims to provide a well rounded program of studies of the Chinese language and its cultures. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed upon the development of fluency in Chinese listening, speaking, reading, writing,and translation. These are developed with a broad, activity based approach. Students at CSSD develop a keen understanding of and appreciation for China, its language, history, culture, festivals and traditions.
Students in CSSD are predominantly native English speakers – 90% speak English only. Most students are born in the US without any Chinese cultural background. The Chinese School of San Diego is unique from other San Diego Chinese Schools in that we also teach about Chinese culture.