Yinghua Academy

aka Yinghua   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  https://www.yinghuaacademy.org

Mission

The mission of Yinghua Academy is to prepare our students to be engaged and productive global citizens by providing a research-based educational program that includes a rigorous academic program, immersion in Chinese language and culture, and a nurturing and supportive school environment.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2014, Yinghua Academy was featured prominently in a Sunday New York Times article in both the U.S. and International editions. View the article by using this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/education/an-american-school-immerses-itself-in-all-things-chinese.html?_r=0. View a video about Yinghua Academy by using this link: https://vimeo.com/166562802.

Ruling year info

2006

CEO/Executive Director

Susan Berg

Main address

Yinghua Academy 1616 Buchanan Street NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413 USA

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EIN

20-1523055

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Yinghua Academy aims to educate students in kindergarten through 8th grade. We are a public charter school serving 820+ students during the 2018-19 school year. The mission of Yinghua Academy is to prepare our students to be engaged and productive global citizens by providing a research-based educational program that includes a rigorous academic program, immersion in Chinese language and culture, and a nurturing and supportive school environment.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mandarin Chinese Immersion Education, K-8

Yinghua Academy is a K-8 public charter school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Our main program is Mandarin Chinese immersion. As the first school of its kind in the United States, Yinghua Academy has emerged as a leader in Chinese immersion education. The school’s cutting-edge curriculum is recognized nationally and internationally for its effectiveness, leading to bi-literacy in Mandarin Chinese and English for all students. Our curriculum covers all Minnesota State Standards and the Core Knowledge Sequence, building both subject area knowledge and Mandarin fluency from year to year.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We strive for 100% Mandarin Chinese bi-literacy and bilingualism among our K-8 students.

Overview of Language By Grade
K- 1st grades – Full immersion in Mandarin Chinese in core subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts (specialists such as Art, Gym, Music may teach in English)
2nd – 4th grades – Full immersion in Mandarin Chinese in core subject areas plus six class periods per week (approx. 300 minutes/week) in English Language Arts
5th – 8th grades: approximately 50% English/50% Chinese among all subject areas in the course of a week. Chinese classes include Math (leveled), Chinese Language Arts, Chinese Conversation, Social Studies, Music, Orchestra. English classes include Math (leveled), Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Art, Physical Education

The school’s Academic Director, Dr. Luyi Lien, leads the Curriculum Development Department, ensuring that the content delivered in Mandarin covers all Minnesota State Standards and all components of the Core Knowledge Sequence, building both knowledge and Mandarin fluency from year to year. We have a select set of Curriculum Partners, who are leading experts nationally and internationally, and who work with us to maintain the highest standards and continually incorporate the latest research.

Our curriculum consists of:

Character Education
Core Knowledge Sequence
Cultural Education
English Language Arts, Whats the Scoop in 2nd Grade? Spring 2017
Music
Physical Education
Singapore Math
Visual Arts

Our internally-created program has given Yinghua’s students a high level of Mandarin fluency and knowledge, and has captured national attention along the way. We require teachers and staff to participate in rigorous professional development, and we are an at-will employer. Teachers also may apply to participate in a quality compensation program. Our curriculum is research-based. Our leaders pay close attention to language immersion best practices and ongoing research in the field of elementary education. Our School Board is fiscally conservative, and our school has received annual recognition from the State of Minnesota Department of Education for sound fiscal management.

The growth of Yinghua’s Middle School enrollment is a focus of future work. Middle School enrollment in the 2018-19 school year totals 317 and is projected to increase by approximately 20% the following year when five sections of current 4th grade students enter Middle School. The Student Life Organization, for example, will work to grow its programming to match increasing Middle School enrollment with a continuing focus on adding Middle School clubs led by Chinese-speaking teachers and staff.

Professional development and curricular work is underway to update lesson plans with a focus on student-centered learning. Increasingly, teachers will develop project-based assignments and look for students’ creative thinking on themes, big ideas, and the essential questions behind each lesson.

In the coming year, Yinghua’s leaders will continue to implement the goals and processes outlined in the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.

Financials

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Operations

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Yinghua Academy

Board of directors
as of 9/20/2018
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Board chair

Lisa Matre

No Affiliation

Term: 2015 - 2020

Lisa Matre

Amanda Schneider

David Mair

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes