本校創立于1970年，迄今已有50年的歷史。成立之初僅有5位老師和20名學生，附屬於普林斯頓大學的Chinese Club。今年學生150人，共有近20位語言班教師，及17位文化課教師。課程包括語言課及文化課程，語言課依學生年齡及中文程度分班。而文化課則以學生興趣選課。本校的上課地點為 Princeton Day School。
Princeton Chinese Language School
The Princeton Chinese Language School (PCLS) is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to provide a structured and nurturing environment for learning Chinese language and culture. We welcome anyone interested in learning Chinese language to be part of the PCLS family.
Established in 1970, PCLS now has a proud history of 50 years. At its inception, the school was affiliated with Princeton University’s Chinese Club with only five teachers and twenty students at that time. Today, we have 150 students, 20 language teachers, and 17 culture instructors. The curriculum includes both language classes and cultural activities. Students are placed in language classes based on their ages and Chinese language proficiency, and in cultural activities according to their preferences. Classes are held weekly at the Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey.
PCLS’s language program consists of two tracks: traditional and CSL (Chinese as Second Language). The traditional track is better suited for students who speak Mandarin at home. Students in the traditional track use the phonic system; Zhuyin and traditional Chinese writing. Pinyin is introduced in grades four through nine after students have mastered Chinese enunciation. Students in CSL track use Pinyin as the primary phonic system. Our language curriculum emphasizes practical usage of Chinese in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
PCLS offers a variety of cultural classes including: Chinese chess, abacus, sketch & cartoon drawing, Chinese Knotting, Chinese brush painting, dance, Er-Hu, GuZheng, crafts, Lego, story & music, drawing, Chinese yo-yo, homework club, Chinese Karaoke, basketball, Mahjong, and TaeKownDo. There are also adult activities such as Zumba, flower arrangement, badminton, and basketball.
PCLS is operated by parent volunteers. Under the governance of the Board of Trustees, the school operation is executed by an Operating Committee that consists of principal, vice principal, treasurer, fundraising, registrar, safety, public relations, activity coordinator, and parent liaison. The academic director, cultural director, and teaching staff are responsible for academic and cultural activities. All members of the Board of Trustees serve on a volunteer basis.
Our students and parents are active participants in many local community events. In recent years, PCLS has raised awareness of Chinese culture and community volunteer services by sponsoring local events such as Communiversity Day in Princeton, the Association for New Jersey Chinese School Annual Events, the Princeton University International Festival, and Chinese New Year Celebrations in Princeton, West Windsor, and Plainsboro. Parents are enthusiastic about participating in school activities and setting a role model for our children as we believe that community service is one of the best ways to give back to the society.
Donations to Princeton Chinese Language School, Inc. are tax exempt under IRS Section 501(c)3.