Chinese Summer Programs

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011 | 2 comments

Chinese Summer Programs

Summer is upon us!  If you are interested in giving your child a an introduction to Mandarin, here are some summer camps and programs that can help.


Shoong Family Chinese Cultural Center

Provide your youngster with a fun and enriching experience to learn Chinese language & history, sing, dance, draw, play sports, watch videos, and play games. The Shoong Family Chinese Cultural Center’s mission is to promote the Chinese language and culture to the youths around the Bay Area. The center has been providing quality Chinese language education for over 58 years.

The 2013 summer program will run for 7 weeks from June 17th – August 2nd.


Lango Mandarin Class

Ask about a 25% discount for Yu Ming families.


Global Montessori International School

Children will learn Mandarin Chinese in a prepared Montessori environment, through activity-based lessons under the instruction of our own highly experienced teachers. No prior Chinese language skills are necessary to participate, but all children must be at least 2 years old at the start of our program. Children will be grouped by language level as well as age to ensure that every child gets the most out of his or her Montessori and Mandarin Chinese experience.


Shu Ren International School Summer Program

Who Is It For? Children who are interested in learning Mandarin language skills and Chinese cultural knowledge through fun, immersion-based activities. No prior Mandarin skills needed.


New Sprouts Chinese School

Our most popular offering is our 4 weeks of summer fun Mandarin language and culture camp. This program is infused with fun cultural activities for your child, and taught by experienced bilingual Chinese teachers. No prior knowledge of Chinese is necessary for this camp though communication will be conducted primarily in Mandarin. This camp is appropriate for children entering grade K-5 in the coming fall. Children should be between the ages of 4.5 and 12 years and must be toilet trained and non-nappers (no exceptions please).


Lake Merritt Child Care Center

Lake Merritt Child Care Center in Oakland Chinatown offers a weekend Mandarin class for students 5 and up. Students will study HanYu phonetics, simplified Chinese and Tang poetry. Students will also be taught Chinese calligraphy and Mandarin songs.  Call or stop by to register.  There is also a M-F full day summer program and an after school program during the school year for students 5-7.


The KeyStone Chinese School

The KeyStone Chinese School is a non-profit organization run by parent volunteers and experience teachers. It dedicates to promote cultural diversity, understanding and appreciation through the teaching of Chinese language and culture.


Ya Ya Chinese School (Albany)

Ya Ya Chinese School offers children an immersive experience in Chinese culture via bilingual education in English and Mandarin, children’s Kung Fu and Tai Chi, calligraphy, painting, hand work/arts and crafts, and music, all within the context of a small, loving family day care setting.


Yu Ying Learning Center (育英學習中心)

(500 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501  510-863-1651)

Yu Ying Learning Center is designed for both Chinese speakers and those with no previous Mandarin language experience, using two-way immersion Mandarin method, which is similar to what Yu Ming students experience at school. In the first year of operation (2012), Yu Ying Learning Center will start providing Mandarin Immersion summer camp for students K – 8th grade, and later on will add after school program and potentially even weekend Mandarin immersion program.

While simplified Chinese characters are selected for Yu Ying curriculum, the founder kindly agreed to provide experienced teacher to deliver curriculum using traditional Chinese characters for Yu Ming students only, if there are more than 6 students enrolled.

2013 Summer Camp registration opens Tuesday February 19th. See more information here:

Hip Wah 

Hip Wah summer program has been running successfully in Oakland for 28 years.  It runs from July 1st till July 26, 2013 this summer.  Hip Wah is a 4-week summer program that offers children exposure to Chinese and Chinese American culture. The Hip Wah curriculum emphasizes hands-on activities. Children are grouped by grade levels, entering 1st grade running through 7th. Campers learn the Chinese culture,  Chinese music. Chinese instrumental music, brush-painting, Mandarin language and outdoor cultural activities (martial art and lion dance). Grades 6 and 7 learn about Chinese American influence on U.S. society. All teachers at Hip Wah are credential teachers.  The teachers have been with Hip Wah for many years and watch the children grow.

Registration Begins: 2/23/13 (Saturday) at 9 am

Visit our website to learn more:

2 Responses to “Chinese Summer Programs”

  1. Hi, I am the vice president of Hip Wah summer program. Our program promotes Chinese culture and it is run annually for 4 weeks around June and July in Oakland at the Redwood Day School. We’d love to include our information on your website. Please advice how we proceed. Thank you very much for offering such a great place for families to learn more about Chinese culture.


    Teresa Marylander
    Vice President, Hip Wah summer camp

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