Welcome from Ms. Zhou
Greetings! I am Sarah Zhou. It is an honor to be serving in CDES. The elementary division of CDES uses traditional teacher-directed study/learning activities in Chinese language arts and literature, English language arts and communication, science, social studies, Chinese, math, physical education, art, and music. We immerse Primary School Curriculum of United States in Chinese Nine Years of Compulsory Education Curriculum in elementary school. The curriculum seeks to provide a continuum in each core content area as the basis for the development of perceiving, thinking, and problem-solving skills. The child moves from concrete experiences to increasingly more complex levels of abstraction in critical thinking. Skills related to each area are built upon previous learning and measurable performance objectives. Since students come from a variety of educational backgrounds, an effort is made to identify the instructional level of each student in relation to the subject continuum, including recommending and/or requiring alternative instruction, if necessary, which will assist the student to achieve at an optimum level.
More about Elementary School
We are confident that the Elementary Enrichment Afternoons will enhance the lives of our students, as well as providing time for elementary events that would otherwise take up valuable morning class time. At CDES we feel it is important that our students are well-rounded, balanced members of society. In order to assist our students in this path, we have included the following activities into the regular school day. These afternoons include Writing Workshops, Chinese Cultural Activities, Extended Accelerate Reading Time, Computer Clubs, Chinese Music Games Club, Cooking Club, Handbell Club, Drama Club, Team Building Club, and Art Club. All these clubs are subject to change each year. CDES also offers afternoon clubs:
Language Services Program
Every aspect of CDES is characterized by a commitment to excellence. CDES offers a rigorous academic curriculum designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in an English speaking university. Due to the fact that students come to CDES from a variety of academic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, CDES provides language support based on individual student’s needs as determined by an evaluation team. This team uses standardized criterion-based assessment as well as historic grades and classroom performance to guide decision-making as to the level of support needed. Students will be assessed periodically, to monitor progress and language support needs, with the end goal being that the student gains the language skills required to become an effective communicator. This program is for students from 1st through 8th grades. When students enter high school they are expected to function without support from Language Services. Each semester students may be tested to assess progress. Alterations may be made to the student’s programming to allow for the services that will best foster independence yet offer support for success.
Upon entry, CDES students will be given the Woodcock Language Survey®–Revised Normative Update (WMLS®-R NU). This test will give a cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP) level in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. CALP level scores are the standard criteria that US schools use to determine English learners educational needs. These scores along with past records and teacher input will help determine the level of services required for the student to be successful at CDES. Each semester students may be tested to assess progress and make any alterations to the student’s programming to allow for the services that will best foster independence yet offer support for success. Our services offered may include all or some of the following depending on the Evaluation Team assessment and recommendation:
A standards-based curriculum specifically designed to teach students to navigate through an English intensive environment at CDES and beyond. This class is an opportunity for students to focus on academic language that will allow further success as they progress toward mastery of all areas of the English language. This is offered from one to three class periods a day based on grade level and need.
English Language Centers
Students in English language centers acquire skills that maximize their success in all content area classes. In addition to continued development of specific reading and writing skills, an emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, which are crucial skills in cross-cultural university and career settings. Materials include multimedia programming to allow students practice in listening and speaking skills as well as increasing proficiency in reading and writing ability.