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Dear Friends,

yhis-xp2Welcome to the website of YingHua International School (YHIS)!  Whether you are a familiar friend or a first-time visitor, I am delighted to offer you this website as a window into our school, the only not-for-profit, independent school in the greater Princeton area that offers Chinese-English dual language education with an internationally-focused, inquiry-based curriculum.  We also offer a range of programs such as Parent & Me, summer camp and after-school programs to meet the diverse needs of the community.

YHIS is on an amazing and ambitious journey to offer dual language education in pre-school through 8th grade. It is preparing the next generation to engage with a world in which bilingual fluency and an international view are not a luxury, but must-have skills. It is clearer than ever that the global village and flat world of tomorrow are here today.

These are historic times. YHIS is sowing the seeds for tomorrow's leaders. Please get to know us and join us on this exciting journey!

With warmest regards,

Kristin Epstein
Director
YingHua International School

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yhis new2KINGSTON, NJ: Renovation is underway at the historic Laurel Avenue School (c. 1920 with addition c. 1950) at the northeast corner of Laurel Avenue and Union Street in Kingston, NJ. The building, owned by Franklin Township, has been unoccupied with boarded windows for over 10 years. It was last used as an elementary school in approximately 1997. In October 2015, Franklin Township signed an agreement with the non-profit organization, The Tuchman Foundation, to redevelop and lease the property for non-profit use. Construction activities are expected to be complete by Summer 2016. Please click here for Naming Opportunities at our new location.

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The Tuchman Foundation, through Princeton International Properties, is renovating the interior to meet modern school requirements. The building will contain 13 classrooms, a library, offices, multipurpose room with gymnasium and performance space, and commercial kitchen. The exterior of the building will be repaired and modernized for energy efficiency, but will maintain the same look as the historic architecture and finishes. In fact, using historic photographs as guides, a few features will be returned to their original historic style. All improvements have been blessed by the Franklin Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, who are “pleased with the project,” according to the Commission Chairperson Barbara Lawrence. At an open public meeting in May 2015, Mr. von Zumbusch of the Kingston Village Advisory Committee stated that, “The KVAC is very interested in seeing the building restored and opened for community use.”


YingHua International School, an independent school currently leasing space from a church in Princeton, will lease and occupy the building. In addition, the community meeting room will be used by local groups such as the Kingston Historical Society. The building’s large multipurpose room will also be accessible for social events, performances, classes, tournaments, and more.


Bringing the building back to its original purpose, the English-Chinese Immersion School of Princeton (also known as YingHua International School or YHIS), will run its preschool, elementary, and middle schools in the building. YHIS will move to Kingston prior to the 2016-2017 school year. Founded in 2007, YingHua International School is a full-time independent school for preschool through middle school grades. Over 70 local students are taught the majority of their school subjects in Mandarin Chinese by native Chinese speakers. Through an inquiry-based approach, the YHIS curriculum exceeds NJ Core Curriculum standards, incorporates an international view, and uses the best of the world’s resources. YHIS is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools and is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate World Schools Primary Years Programme. Kristin Epstein of West Windsor, YHIS Executive Director, is thrilled that YHIS is moving to Kingston and looks forward to the relationship with its new neighbors. Ms. Epstein explained, “As soon as the building is ready, we plan to host a community-based house warming party so we can properly introduce ourselves to the residents and businesses of Kingston. We hope that both groups will look to us a community partner that enhances the historic downtown area.”
In additional to their day school, YHIS also offers summer camp and after school Chinese Tutoring. Its after school enrichment program, open to students ages 3 through 14, will include offerings such as Chinese style dance, ping pong, math, arts, music instrument instruction, makers club, and more. Franklin Township public school students may register with the Franklin Township School Transportation services to make YHIS their bus drop off location. Additionally, YHIS will host Chinese story times, Parent and Me classes, and “Parent Night-Out” babysitting services at their campus. 

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According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, immersion programs are the fastest growing and most effective type of world language program available in U.S. schools. Immersion students develop proficiency in the target language by hearing and using it to learn academic content rather than only studying the language itself.

The goal of immersion programs is for students to become proficient in both English and the target language, and develop positive cross-cultural attitudes while reaching a high level of academic achievement. In addition to reaping the social and economic advantages of bilingualism, long-term immersion learners benefit cognitively, exhibiting greater nonverbal problem-solving abilities and more flexible thinking. From the standpoint of academic achievement, over three decades of studies consistently show that immersion students achieve as well as or better than non-immersion peers on standardized measures of verbal and mathematics skills administered in English.
 

Chinese Immigrants in NJ: Maintain Identity through Language

While many Asian immigrant parents may struggle with their English, they don’t want their children to be burdened by this same barrier.  But at what cost?  Children of such parents frequently spend their weekends studying their heritage language, something the children view as extra homework.  Many also spend their summers abroad with grandparents taking them away from their friends and camps in this valuable less-structured time of the year.  This creates conflict and resentment as these children struggle to crystallize their social identities. 

As the only full-immersion school in central NJ, YingHua International School (YHIS) in Princeton instructs critical school subjects in the target language of Mandarin Chinese.  According to YHIS Head of School, Bonnie Liao of Lawrenceville, “At YHIS, we believe that children of native speakers of Mandarin benefit greatly from learning not just ‘kitchen talk,’ but academic-level language.  They maintain their sense of pride and identity with their heritage.”  YHIS students read and write advanced texts in Mandarin from an early age.  This ability to read and write academic material in Mandarin is critical for retaining the language into adulthood. 

Students also learn English at YHIS using by introducing English as a subject in 1st grade.  English Department Head Angela Heller of Bordentown states that, “Topics such as phonics, spelling, and grammar are stressed in English classes at YHIS, as they are the components that are unique to the English language.  Other aspects of language arts, such as story dissection, can be taught in any language.”  With each progressive grade, more and more core subjects are taught in English.  By 6th through 8th grades, the curriculum is instructed in more than 50% English.  According to Academic Director Joy Zhao of Edison, “Since the basic content is the same in any language, YHIS students transition to English schools with ease.” 

Chinese Immigrants in NJ: Maintain Identity through Language

While many Asian immigrant parents may struggle with their English, they don’t want their children to be burdened by this same barrier.  But at what cost?  Children of such parents frequently spend their weekends studying their heritage language, something the children view as extra homework.  Many also spend their summers abroad with grandparents taking them away from their friends and camps in this valuable less-structured time of the year.  This creates conflict and resentment as these children struggle to crystallize their social identities. 

As the only full-immersion school in central NJ, YingHua International School (YHIS) in Princeton instructs critical school subjects in the target language of Mandarin Chinese.  According to YHIS Head of School, Bonnie Liao of Lawrenceville, “At YHIS, we believe that children of native speakers of Mandarin benefit greatly from learning not just ‘kitchen talk,’ but academic-level language.  They maintain their sense of pride and identity with their heritage.”  YHIS students read and write advanced texts in Mandarin from an early age.  This ability to read and write academic material in Mandarin is critical for retaining the language into adulthood. 

Students also learn English at YHIS using by introducing English as a subject in 1st grade.  English Department Head Angela Heller of Bordentown states that, “Topics such as phonics, spelling, and grammar are stressed in English classes at YHIS, as they are the components that are unique to the English language.  Other aspects of language arts, such as story dissection, can be taught in any language.”  With each progressive grade, more and more core subjects are taught in English.  By 6th through 8th grades, the curriculum is instructed in more than 50% English.  According to Academic Director Joy Zhao of Edison, “Since the basic content is the same in any language, YHIS students transition to English schools with ease.” 

YHIS is a full-day Mandarin immersion independent school in Princeton, NJ which offers a bilingual, inquiry-based curriculum to allow children of 2.5 years old through 8th grade to reach their full academic potential.  Visit www.yhis.org for more information or arrange a tour at (609) 375-8015 or

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Why should parents consider choosing YingHua International School for their children?

1. Bilingual Fluency
YHIS is committed to ensuring its graduates are highly proficient in two world languages: English and Chinese.

2. A Global Perspective
YHIS is committed to its mission to develop global citizenship. YHIS offers units of inquiry that are internationally focused, which are a pillar of the curriculum, alongside Chinese immersion. The diversity of the families also makes YHIS a uniquely rich learning community.

3. Study Abroad
YHIS is closely connected to YingHua Language School, a CSS-MSA accredited community school founded in 2002 that offers excellent opportunities for studying abroad. Since 2004, Dr. Bonnie Liao has designed and directed "YingHua in Beijing," a Summer Language & Leadership Institute that provides 4-week, in-depth learning opportunities to American youth ages 8 and up. Since 2005, the "YingHua in Beijing Honors Program" has been sending students in Grades 4-9 to live and study in Beijing for one semester (20 weeks). Having benefited from dual language education from a young age, YHIS students are uniquely positioned to make the most out of these life-changing experiences.

4. Lifelong Learning
YHIS is committed to cultivating a community of lifelong learners - which includes both students and teachers - through offering a rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum and a wide variety of specialty courses that are designed to broaden students' interests as well as to inspire their passion for mastery in a chosen field.

5. Small Classes & Dedicated Faculty
At YHIS, each child is known by every member of the faculty. Individual attention to every student is guaranteed and individual learning styles are addressed. Read More
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