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Chinese Schools in San Diego

Finding the right Chinese School in San Diego for you or your family.

**This is a popular post I did back in 2011 that many have requested I update. Here you go!

As a mandarin speaking Chinese Real Estate Agent, I am overjoyed with all the choices of language schools located in San Diego. With every year, a new one is established providing classes from short enrichment courses for adventurous adults and children, AP classes that provide High School-ers with college credit to full immersion schools where a child can learn as though they live in the country with the chosen language spoken all day in class. 


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As a Chinese parent of two little ones, I started compiling schools that provide Chinese courses and here they are. The main language taught is Mandarin, which is the official language of China though among Mandarin classes, there are two schools of thought. One is Mandarin as spoken and written in China and the other is Mandarin as spoken and written in Taiwan. From a verbal standpoint, the differences are slight though many feel that each has their own “accents” but one can easily understand the other. The choice between one or the other falls strongly under heritage as well as for some, practicality.

In general, many private schools such as Montessori and La Jolla Country Day teach Mandarin as apart of their curriculum. For other alternatives, here are a few.

Jing Academy
9865 Businesspark Avenue, #D, Scripps Ranch
After school pick up and summer school program with Kung Fu classes for kids.

Yak Academy 
12650 Sabre Springs Parkway, Suite 202  San Diego, CA 92128
Children’s school offers classes and pre-school options. Not only do they teach Mandarin but also other languages.

Chinese Bilingual Preschool
5075 Ruffin Rd, San Diego Ca 92123
Preschool for 2.5-5 year olds offering options of 2,3, and 5 classes a week. They prepare a child in English for kindergarten (letters, numbers, colors, shapes..etc) as any preschool but also teach Mandarin. Also offers accredited classes for high school (as listed below.)

Great China Whole Brain Education Academy
10505 Sorrento Valley Rd, #100 San Diego Ca 92126
After school & weekend classes with pickup services.

Language Door
7565 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, CA 92120
Phone: (619) 564-6335
Tailored primarily for adults

San Diego Chinese School
5075 Ruffin Rd Suite A, San Diego, CA 92123
Accredited by many San Diego school districts providing high school credit for it’s courses, this is a weekend Chinese School (Saturdays usually) from 8-noon. They also teach Chinese Art and Cantonese. Also offers all day preschool (as listed above.)

San Diego Chinese Academy
La Jolla Country Day School
9490 Genesee Ave, La Jolla CA 92037
858-205-SDCA (7322)
La Jolla Country Day School is a private school that offers Mandarin enrichment classes to it’s tuitioned students. There is a separate Chinese School that uses the premises to teach students on weekends.

San Diego HuaXia Campus
Miramar College
Though located in a church, they state to be non-religious and also offer AP classes accredited by colleges.

San Diego Chinese Cultural Association North County Chinese School
Oak Valley Middle School
16055 Winecreek Road, Rancho Bernardo 92127
Offers Chinese class on weekends for elementary, middle and high school students offering accredited classes that go towards high school language requirements and AP credit.

Immersion Elementary Schools
Barnard Elementary in Pacific Beach
Riverview International Academy in Lakeside
These immersion schools are public therefor free for residents. They follow a 50/50 teaching plan where 50% of the teaching is in English (to ensure students follow the standard public school curriculum) and then speak 50% Mandarin.

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