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The Yen Wulin Alaska Chinese School


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The ACA has run the Yen Wulin Alaska Chinese School since 1984. Our Chinese school is open to the public, and provides a nurturing environment for those who want to learn the Chinese language and culture. Our principal and staff are all volunteers, and tuition fees go toward facility rental, teaching supplies, and transportation costs.

We currently have over 80 students enrolled in 8 classes from Kindergarten to 12th grade, plus an adult class. Each class covers speaking and comprehension, as well as reading and writing in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters. We also provide an adult English class for newcomers to learn basic conversational English and American culture on Friday night at the same time as Chinese School.

Current Academic Year

Classes will be held at Northwood Elementary, 4807 Northwood Dr., Anchorage from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays during the 2016-2017 School Year.

First Semester

September 2016 9, 16, 23, 30
October 2016 7, 14, 21
November 2016 4, 11, 18
December 2016 2, 9, 16

Second Semester

January 2017 13, 20, 27
February 2017 3, 10, 17, 24
March 2017 3, 24, 31
April 2017 7, 14, 21, 28
May 2017 5, 12

Enrollment and Class Registration

No online registration is available. Please come to register in person starting September 9 at Northwood Elementary. The registration and membership forms can be downloaded here.

Please note that we accept new K-12 age students in the Fall Semester only. Due to our limited teaching resources, we will not open new entry level adult class this fall. The late registrations must be within the first month of classes. After that, we may accept students with some Mandarin skills on a case by case basis. We encourage new students to enroll and begin in the Fall.

Other Notes

  • We follow the Anchorage School District’s instruction calendar.
  • During an emergency school closure, there will be no Chinese School.
  • There are no classes some Fridays due to holiday long weekends, school vacations, or conflicts with Northwood Elementary School’s schedules.
  • A printable copy of the 2016-2017 Chinese School calendar may be found here.
  • If you have questions, please contact Minnie Yen, Principal at (907)350-9622 or e-mail afmyy@yahoo.com.

Teaching Assistants

Chinese School is looking for volunteer TAs to assist teachers in classrooms! The only requirement is that volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Former Chinese School students have selection priority.

Qualified individuals can contact Mrs. Tina Meiser at 243-8886.