FAQs

Can I enroll my four year old?

Rockville Chinese School accepts children as young as four.  Four and five year olds start in Level 1, our preschool level.  Classroom material and activities are specifically developed to match our young students’ attention span and skill.  We strive to create a fun and low stress environment so children enjoy the learning experience.  By the end of the year, children graduate with a vocabulary of a 100+ mandarin words.  Example of topics covered: numbers, colors, shapes, greetings, animals, family, question words.

What kind of classes are offered at Rockville Chinese School?

We have classes in Mandarin Chinese for a variety of levels of proficiency, from beginner to experienced speaker, preschool to high school.  Through our Cultural Arts Program we offer: free Tai Chi classes, Martial Arts, Karate, Chinese Calligraphy, and Chinese Folk Dance.

Do I have to enroll in a language class to take a cultural arts class?

No.  Students are not required to sign up for a language class in order to enroll in a cultural arts class (eg. martial arts, dance, etc).  Along the same lines, those wanting to take mandarin classes, are not required to sign up for a cultural arts class.

Is this an immersion program?

Our teachers are fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and English.  Class instruction tends to be a mixture of Chinese and English so non-native speakers are comfortable following along.

Do all students come from a mandarin speaking home?

We are proud to say that students at Rockville Chinese School come from a diverse ethnic, racial, linguistic background.  We have many adults and children enrolled who are from non-Chinese backgrounds.  All you need is a curious mind & a desire to learn!
Pinyin is a system using the letters of the English alphabet to represent the pronunciation of Chinese words.  Pinyin is a tool to help students learn to speak Chinese.  Many of our classes use Pinyin to help students learn Chinese pronunciation.

What textbooks do you use?

Most classrooms work off the Chinese Made Easy for Kids series (traditional version).  Assigned classroom textbooks, workbooks, audio files, and other materials will be available for purchase at the beginning of each semester.

Are students taught traditional or simplified characters?

At Rockville Chinese School, the students are taught traditional Chinese characters.  We feel that traditional characters carry more of the Chinese history, culture, and essence of each word.

What language class should I sign up for?

The class placement of a new student will be determined by the registration office based on the several factors: age, previous mandarin learning experience, and mandarin speaking environment at home and in school.  To enroll in preschool classes, children must be 4 years old when fall classes start.
Four year old students typically start in Level 1 classes.  Five year old students with no previous mandarin exposure typically start in Level 1 classes.  Older students with no previous mandarin exposure will be placed in a class dependent on the comfort level and the language skill of the student.

How can I become more involved?

Great question.  You can become more involved in supporting the school and students by being a room parent, signing up for one of our volunteering opportunities, becoming a Parent Association Officer, or joining a committee.

Where's the volunteer sign up sheet?

Parents are encouraged to sign up for at least two activities per semester.  In our For Parents section, you can find a link to our sign up sheet.

There's a snow/storm forecasted, will the school be open?

Your teacher will inform you before 9:00am.