Elementary Education


NWCA’s Elementary School Program develops Kindergarten through 5th grade students in a student-centered environment. Small class size cultivates a highly interactive learning experience and tailored instruction. Our program is designed to encourage personal growth while ensuring a high level of academic achievement and language fluency.
Mandarin curriculum at NWCA is developed using the highest standards. Chinese Language Arts and Mathematics are taught using text books from Beijing. These are the same text books that students in Beijing use, therefore our students reach an academic level that parallels their peers in China. Additional subjects such as Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education and Health are taught following the Oregon Department of Education Standards by Design and Common Core Standards. Teachers use American text books and translate lessons to Mandarin for use in the classroom. Teachers ensure that students reach required education benchmarks.
Additional factors that set NWCA apart:
  • Spanish is introduced to the curriculum in 3rd grade with the goal of further expanding and developing knowledge of world languages and cultures.
  • NWCA tuition includes Homework Hour from 3:00 – 4:00pm on all school days. This provides homework and immersion learning support for all NWCA students.
  • Throughout the academic year, students participate in public performances in Mandarin Chinese – giving them further opportunity to build their confidence, language skills, and cross-cultural abilities.
  • Students can participate in special school events such as the annual tri-lingual Read-A-Thon, Student Council, Choir and Performance Troupe, Community Family Events and Saturday Enrichment opportunities.


Below is an excerpt of an email from Matias, a former NWCA student, to Northwest Chinese Academy:

“I just took a Chinese class at a Saturday school with a lot of other kids. It was a 6th grade class, the school had started the Saturday before so they had a test this Saturday. I took the test with the other kids, but the test was really easy. It wouldn’t have been easy if I hadn’t gone to NWCA. I am so happy that I went to NWCA, because it had prepared me really well. Thank you for my experience at North West Chinese Academy.

NWCA not only prepared me well in Chinese but also in Math. My dad helped me get into the advanced math course here and in just the first two weeks of school I have found I am the best. I think Math has been easy for me at all the schools I have attended since NWCA because your curriculum is really good. ”