Through 5th Grade
Through a bilingual education approach, GTCS Bilingual Elementary offers a high-quality program to help children learn Mandarin and English. Bilingual education can help children from different cultures feel more comfortable, confident, and connected to their peers and teachers.
GTCS emphasizes inquiry-based learning, which is designed to help students develop a lifelong love of learning. Students' individual needs and interests are met through small class sizes and experienced faculty. Through a variety of activities, GTCS students learn about, and experience, American and Chinese cultures. They can also aid students in developing a sense of curiosity and openness to new experiences, as they gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures. As a result of exposure to different cultures, students also develop important skills such as communication, empathy, and adaptability which are very valuable in today's world.
Many years were spent by GTCS's founders, evaluating and applying suggestions from education specialists in both China and the US, to decide on a teaching model. This new curriculum was the first to be created and used in Oregon.
Students are immersed in a Chinese language environment, and are taught using Chinese as the primary language of instruction. The emphasis on Chinese characters, reading, recitation, and calligraphy can help students develop strong language skills and a deep understanding of Chinese culture.
Students are taught using English as the primary language of instruction. The emphasis on reading and writing comprehension, as well as the careful selection of textbooks for each student's level, helps students develop strong language skills and a deep understanding of English language and literature.
In k-2nd grades, Chinese mathematics textbooks published by Renmin Education Press are used.
In k-5th grades, Singapore Math is used as a textbook series.
Public speech, computer science, 3D printing, music, art, social/emotional, and physical education classes are among those taught. In addition to developing important skills and interests, these classes can serve students well throughout their educational careers.