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About Irvine Chinese School

Mission and Vision

爾灣中文學校願景 Vision Statement

成為北美最佳的非營利中文教育和文化機構

To be the best-run non-profit Chinese education and cultural institution in North America

爾灣中文學校使命 Mission Statement

推廣中文學習
保存中華傳統
增進對中華文化的瞭解
提倡多元文化

To promote Chinese language learning
To preserve Chinese heritage
To enhance the understanding of the value of Chinese Culture
To advocate cultural diversity in America

A bit about ICS

爾灣中文學校簡介

爾灣中文學校創立於1976年,由第一任校長符慕美枝興辦。最初只有三十餘位學生,四位老師,職員有教務主任、訓導主任及校長三人。校舍借用College Park 小學。隨後借用Rancho San Jaoquin 初中,1982年遷至University高中。1985年學生人數成長至五百位,分為二十班,有教職員二十五位。1995年開始在University Center租用固定的辦公室。1997年學生人數已突破一千名,語文課有四十班,教職員增至七十位。

本校於1983年幫助University高中爭取到道奇基金會資助,首設University高中中文班。1988年道奇基金中止,本校以接辦中文班互惠,得以免費使用University高中教室。1996年秋季,中文班正式由University高中自辦,從此租用教室需要經過學區,校舍租金亦由學區決定。經南海岸中華文化協會多年的努力,及善心人士與家長們之贊助,在爾灣市購置約四英畝之校地並興建了「南海岸中華文化中心」,本校於2005年六月遷入。新中心有體育館、圖書館、舞蹈室、電腦教室、二十一間教室、及四間多功能教室等。2005年七月後,已陸續增開暑期班,課後輔導班,各項才藝,學術科目加強班及成人班各項活動等。

爾灣中文學校自1983年至2005年間的二十多年來,每週日上午在爾灣市之University高中上課。為因應遷校後教室限制問題,2004年九月起增設週日下午班,2005年六月遷入南海岸中華文化中心新校區上課,並於2006年起又增加週六下午班。本校大多數學生之年齡介於五歲至十八歲之間,另設有成人班提供成人學習中文。學校之行政組織設有校長、各單位主管、及職員。教師方面聘有三十五位語文老師,及二十四位執有專長之人士教授文化及選修課程。

目前本校有一千多名學生,依其中文能力分成六十個班別。學校教授基本發音、注音符號、漢語拼音、簡/繁字體、文法、標點符號、會話、聽寫及中國文化。除此之外,另設有多項選修課程,內容包括國畫、書法、紙藝、編結、中文電腦、基本會話、歷史、地理、詩詞、舞蹈、笛子、弦樂、領導能力訓練及運動才能之培養。近年來,更引進電腦輔助教學及虛擬教室(Moodle)的應用,以期提高學生學習之興趣及效率。

爾灣中文學校為因應一般高中學生之需求,另設有校外學分班。此學分班已經南加州部分學區核准,參加的學生除每週到校上課五小時外,另須完成經過核准之各項語文作業。除此之外,學分班學生必須參與各項團體活動,如電影欣賞、參觀博物館及詩詞研讀等。學期末了順利完成各項活動之學生,經校長核准,將其成績送交其所屬高中,可獲得外國語文中文五個學分。

本校於1988年啟用電腦處理資料,並於1989年首創家長服務“點數制度”,這些措施對於近十年來中文學校的穩定發展及成長,有很重要的貢獻。2003年開始,本校採用視聽、電腦輔助教學與學習。2006年更使用電腦輔助教學軟體並開發數位補充教材。 自2008年起,聘任全職及專業校長兼執行長,增進經營管理上的專業化,提供會員、家長、及社區更好、更完善的服務,以期嘉惠更多學子及學習中文人士。

Introduction of Irvine Chinese School

Irvine Chinese School (ICS) was founded in 1976 by Ms. Mitzi Fu. It has been known for its extraordinary efforts in Chinese education, arts and sports, not only in Orange County, but also through out the world. The mission of the ICS is to teach Chinese language and culture.

ICS rented facilities from University High School, Irvine for many years. In 2001, some dedicated parents and society supporters conceived the idea of having their own facility. With a clear goal, insight, and sheer determination, volunteers mounted extraordinary effort and raised $6.8 million to make the dream become a reality. On April 24, 2005, SCCCA held the grand opening ceremony of the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center (SCCCC or the Center). On September 11, 2005, ICS officially launched the fall semester at the new center. In addition to weekend Chinese classes, summer programs, after-school programs, and community Mandarin Chinese, and cultural classes are being offered gradually.

ICS students generally range in ages from five to eighteen years old. Adult classes are also offered for the working professionals who are interested in learning Chinese language and culture. The administrative structure of ICS consists of the principal, administrators, and full-time/part-time staff. The current faculty consists of 35 language teachers and 24 elective class teachers.

The current enrollment is approximately 1,065 students who are placed in one of fourteen levels, depending on their language ability and their placement test results. The courses include instructions in traditional phonetics, Han Yu Pin-Yin, traditional and simplified characters, Chinese as Second Language (CSL) and Chinese culture. In addition, we offer elective classes such as Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese chess, crafts, carton, performing arts, computer, Chinese martial arts, basketball, badminton, youth leadership and others. Interactive multi-media teaching materials and Moodle classes are offered to increase the interests and effectiveness of learning.

ICS also offers credit classes for high school students to earn five credits for each semester of Chinese language and culture. This program has been approved by the following school districts: Huntington Beach, Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Capistrano, and Fountain Valley. Each week, the students must receive five hours of in-class instructions, and they must conduct or participate in various extracurricular activities. At the end of each semester, ICS certifies the completion of course requirements, so that students can earn 5 credits of foreign language.

ICS started using computers to process student data in 1988. The Parent Volunteer “Service Points” system was also created and implemented in 1989. These measures have made tremendous contributions to the stable development of ICS. In year 2003, ICS adopted multimedia to assist teaching and learning. Chinese learning software facilitating students’ learning was introduced to our students in 2006, and digital learning materials developed by teachers were initiated at the same time. In year 2008, we employed a full-time and dedicated Principal/Executive Director to operate and manage the school professionally in order to provide better services to our members, students, parents, and the community.