The Davis NewStar Chinese School will host its 12th annual open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Davis High School’s old gym, 315 W. 14th St. Registration for the 2012-13 school year will be taken.
The school’s mission is to teach students Chinese language and culture through classroom instruction, extracurricular activities, cultural events and field trips. Instructions are through Simplified Chinese (writing), Han Yu Pin Yin (Pinyin) and Pu Tong Hua (Standard Mandarin), which are used in China, Singapore, Malaysia and at the United Nations.
Instruction is tailored primarily for children in kindergarten through ninth grade who are learning Chinese as a second language. The ninth-grade SAT II Chinese test preparation class will be offered this year.
For children who are not exposed to Mandarin at home, a program that will cover the curriculum at a slower pace is offered. This program emphasizes verbal communication and will use the same textbooks as the regular classes.
In addition to language instruction, NewStar Chinese School offers a variety of artistic and cultural classes for youths and adults, including dancing, singing, orchestra, martial arts, chess club, craft and yoga.
Registration costs $20 and tuition is $120 for a semester. After-school and non-language-related classes range from $50 to $150.