Yinghua Academy is an amazing school! Ignore all the other bad reviews, these kids are geniuses!
Man, they're doin' calculus in 5th grade! What a school, what a school, dude! My itty-bitty baby is growin' up, yo! Go Yinghua Dragons!
Do not send your boys here!! We did for two years and pulled him due the staff's inability to deal with any child who has an energy level that is above docile. Prepare your children for long periods of time with their arms folded on top of their desks and short periods of time for lunch and recess. The administration pushes fund raising and test scores. The "dean of students", who has no degree relating to education, is a intimidator who does not take bullying seriously, after another boy sent my son to the doctor after being hit in the groin with a rock. This school cares nothing of its underpaid teachers, with all the best ones leaving to other chinese immersion schools in the west metro. If academics are your only concern raising a child then absolutely this is the school for you. The math and chinese are as good as you can get, but in my opinion not worth it.
Well, yes. There is a little too much. I understand our kids need to practice to be excellent, and it is clearly working. But our teachers often seem stressed. I'd like recess to be sacred. Research shows that it helps kids focus. They shouldn't be kept in for homework.
Generally yes. The school philosophy correctly teaches students to respect each other and be part of a community, and the teachers do teach this. However, the current administration focuses on respect for authority. I worry that fear-based management may be at play.
I feel we could improve in this area. The original mission of the school definitely asks students to work together and respect others. Now that the expansion is complete, it is time to return to this issue and make it a priority.
I'm giving our school 5 stars this year because of the amazing teachers. We are incredibly lucky to have a school like this in Northeast. Look at St. Anthony for comparable schools - they still aren't rated as well, and our kids are fluent in Mandarin. They can talk to graduate students. Also, the transition to the larger school building has been completed fully. It was a huge project, and there are ups and downs with any project like it.
Really, it is a privilege to be able to suggest any kind of improvement to a school this wonderful. Teachers, administrators and staff deal with great responsibility and provide a wonderful, safe environment; better than anything I had growing up, and I went to private school.
However, our school has the same problems that other excellent schools have, and that our overall culture in the US does. Some kids tease others to the point of harassment; teachers address the problem, kids learn to complain or retaliate because they might get in trouble if they do. The kids operate on such high standards that even disapproval can feel like punishment.
We could benefit from materials that contain positive, age-appropriate and NON victim blaming consent messages, as well as anti-bullying messages. We can improve the culture of the school in the parent, teacher and student populations, if the administration can be supportive.
I would like to see the administration support future efforts to get anti-bulling speakers and materials into the school.
I would also like to see more parents volunteering and helping out at school. Parents, remember, we have a responsibility to contribute and not just financially. If we engage with and talk to the kids, they will treat each other more humanely. We can make a difference.