Chinese Programs

Registration for our youth and adult Chinese classes is currently closed, but email us for information about the spring semester.  

Germantown Academy is proud to partner with Hanban, the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, to offer one of the most robust and comprehensive Chinese Programs in Greater Philadelphia. 2014-15 marks the fourth year of formal classes at GA, which are designed to educate youth and adults about the culture and language of China.

Below you can find information on the Youth Immersion Class and Adult Language Classes, and Germantown Academy also serves as a Chinese Testing Center. Young or old, experienced or not, you can learn all about Chinese language and culture at GA's campus in Fort Washington. Our dedicated teachers have proficiency in all levels of Chinese language instruction.

Youth Immersion Class

Open to students entering Kindergarten through Sixth Grade at all school districts neighboring Germantown Academy, the Youth Immersion Chinese Language Class at GA is designed to teach children whose first language is English and to immerse them in the Chinese language on four consecutive days. While learning how to speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese, students will also gain an appreciation for China's rich cultural history. 

The Details 
Monday–Thursday, 4:15–5:45pm
September 15, 2014 – June 4, 2015
$1,000 / year or four installments of $250

Transportation will be provided from Upper Dublin and Wissahickon School Districts. Otherwise, parents will be responsible for the transition from school to GA's campus. All parents are responsible for pick-up at 5:45pm.

Classes are formed according to proficiency and age group.

Adult Classes

Germantown Academy currently offers two levels of Adult Chinese Language Classes that each meet once per week.

Beginner Chinese
Mondays, 6:30–8:30pm
$400 / year or $215 / semester

Beginner Chinese, naturally, is designed for students who have little or no prior exposure to the Chinese language. Pinyin and Simplified Chinese will be introduced. Students will learn to deal with different tasks that have immediate concern to them. Students are expected to reach the proficiency of "novice-mid" to "novice-high" after completing this course, based on the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines.

Intermediate / Advanced Chinese
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30pm
$400 / year or $215 / semester

Intermediate / Advanced Chinese sees students transitioning out of Pinyin. Students will complete longer projects and deal with more complex tasks. Students are expected to reach the proficiency of "intermediate-mid" after completing this course. Students who wish to take Intermediate / Advanced but have not taken the previous classes should get permission from the instructor.

Classroom Assignments

Youth Immersion classes meet in the Lower School.

Chinese Class 1 meets in the 1st Grade classrooms on the 1st floor. Three classrooms in rotation: 11, 12, 14


Chinese Class 2 meets in the 2nd Grade classrooms on the 1st floor. Three classrooms in rotation: 16, 17, 18

Chinese Class 3 meets in the 4th Grade classrooms on the 2nd floor and the Library.


Adult Classes meet in the Confucius Classroom in the Administration Building.

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Upcoming Events

Confucius Institute Day
Tuesday, October 28, 5-7pm
Honickman Auditorium

The Confucius Institute, GA's partner in providing Chinese cultural and language instruction, is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. All are invited to a celebration in honor of this milestone!