GA Chinese Programs

Welcome to Germantown Academy's Chinese Programs, part of auxiliary programming on GA's campus in Fort Washington. The following classes/courses are ready for registration. There are several classes for children and adults who are interested in learning more about Chinese language and culture.

Summer Camp


Germantown Academy Chinese Programs is proud to announce Chinese Summer Camp for 2014. This camp is a unique Chinese immersion educational program that builds competency in Chinese language and provides hands-on understanding of Chinese culture. The camp is designed for children 5 to 10 years of age, and daily and weekly activities will be varied between ages.

Campers who have previously participated in an immersion program, as well as those new to a daily Chinese educational format, are welcome to register. Camp will run for one week, July 21-25, 2014. Camp runs daily from 9am-3pm.

GA is excited to welcome Ms. Xuling Qu, Director of Modern Language Department at Girls High School in Philadelphia, as the lead teacher of the Chinese Summer Camp. Ms. Qu will be developing curriculum for the teaching of Chinese language, culture and history, and will add teachers depending on the number of campers registered. Swimming will be available on several days each week. Campers will bring their own lunch and snacks will be provided.

Chinese Summer Camp Program
  • Camp will cover Chinese traditions, such as holidays, Chinese Tea, Peking Opera, arts and crafts, calligraphy, paper cutting, and possibly a trip to Philadelphia’s historical Chinatown! On Friday, July 25, parents of the campers will be invited to an end-of-camp performance.
Registration is now open for Chinese Summer Camp. CLICK HERE to sign-up. If you have questions about the program, please contact chineseprograms@germantownacademy.org or call 267.405-7563.

Youth Immersion Class

The third year of formal Chinese Programs designed to educate community members about the culture and language of China will begin in 2014-15. All classes take place at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA, and are taught by experienced teachers who have proficiency with all levels of Chinese language.

Youth Immersion Chinese Language Class


Would you like your child to be able to:
• Read in a second language?
• Converse with others in Mandarin?
• Learn Chinese while learning the MCPS curriculum?

Open to students entering Kindergarten through Sixth Grades 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 consecutive days. Students will not only learn content, but also gain knowledge of the language in which it is taught.

Monday through Thursday, 4:15-5:45pm
Classes now forming on the Germantown Academy campus

Transportation provided from Upper Dublin School District. With sufficient enrollment, transportation to class will be provided for all other school districts through Germantown Academy. Otherwise, parents will be responsible for the transition from school to GA’s campus. All parents are responsible for pickup at 5:45pm.

  • Monday-Thursday, 4:15-5:45pm
  • Classes run through June 2015
  • Enrollment: $1,000 for the year
This course will provide opportunities to learn about Chinese language, culture, and history for the GA community and surrounding region. Chinese Beginner, I & II classes could be formed, as the classes will be grouped according to the student’s Chinese proficiency.

CLICK HERE to register today.

Questions? Contact the GA Chinese Programs Office

DISCLAIMER:Germantown Academy will adhere to the following: There is a minimum of 7 students needed to run each class. Class can be cancelled for lack of enrollment. If class is cancelled due to lack of enrollment, all monies will be returned to those who have already registered. Youth classes will be split between Pre-K-second grade and third-fifth grade, depending on interest.

Adult Classes

Chinese Level 1 is designed primarily for students who have little or no prior exposure to Chinese. 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 after completing Level 1 based on the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

Chinese Level 2 is a continuous course of Chinese Level 1. Students are required not only to recognize the Chinese characters but also to write them from memory. Students will learn to manage different tasks in the communicative and interactive fashion. Students are expected to reach the proficiency of novice-high to intermediate-low after completing Level 2.

Chinese Level 3 is a continuous course of Chinese Level 2. Students will be in transition of phasing out Pinyin. Students will do different projects and deal with more complex tasks. Students are expected to reach the proficiency of intermediate-mid after completing Level 3. Students who wish to take level 3 but not enrolled in the previous classes should get permission from the instructor.

Registration information is found on the right column of this page.

Chinese programs INFORMATION

School Calendar, 2014-15

Directions/Parking

Chinese Testing Center

Contact phone - Alyssa Caracausa, 267.405.7522

CLICK below to enroll

Chinese Summer Camp

NOTE: Checks are accepted for registration as well.  Checks should be mailed to GA Chinese Programs, C/O Alyssa Caracausa, 340 Morris Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034 (checks should be made out to Germantown Academy).

Youth Immersion Program

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Chinese Youth Immersion Program at GA.  Classes begin September 8, 2014 and run Monday through Thursday, 4:15-5:45pm. Transportation provided from Upper Dublin School District. With sufficient enrollment transportation to class will be provided for all other Districts thru Germantown Academy. Otherwise, parents will be responsible for the transition from school to GA’s campus. All parents are responsible for pickup at 5:45pm. CLICK HERE to email the office for more information.

CLICK HERE to register online for the Chinese Youth Immersion Program, 2014-15.

Adult Chinese Classes

Adult Level 1 - Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
CLICK HERE to register. Classes are $400 for the full year and $215 per semester.

Adult Level 2 - Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm
CLICK HERE to register. Classes are $400 for the full year and $215 per semester.

Adult Level 3 - Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
CLICK HERE to register. Classes are $400 for the full year and $215 per semester.