Chinese School of San Diego

Established in 1933, Chinese School of San Diego is the first Chinese school in San Diego. These are developed with a broad, activity based approach.

We are the only Chinese school to offer Cantonese and Mandarin classes, with an emphasis on Chinese culture, and the importance of civic and community engagement. Chinese School of San Diego aims to provide a well rounded program of studies of the Chinese language and its cultures. The program emphasizes the development of fluency in Chinese listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translation.

Operating as usual

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 05/22/2024

Happy Graduation, CSSD Students! BRAVO!
聖地牙哥中文學校學生, 恭喜你們畢業了!

Our 2024 graduation ceremony was a huge success!

We are thankful to our elected officials for their participation -- Mayor Todd Gloria, County Supervisor Monica Montgomery Steppe, City Councilman Kent Lee.
And VIPs -- the Honorable Tom Hom and Loretta Lum Hom, Former Chair of International Affairs Bruce Abrams, Mary Munk and Dollie Catlin of The Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans.
Thank you to Sally WongAvery and Natasha Wong for your continued and unwavering support.
Thank you to all CSSD parents and grandparents for your love and commitment.
Thank you to all of our CSSD Teachers for your guidance, encouragement, and dedication.

It truly takes a village!

-- Principal Cassandra Wong

Photos from Mayor Todd Gloria's post 05/21/2024

A beautiful event to celebrate the hard work and commitment of our CSSD students, parents, and teachers. Bravo!

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 05/14/2024

Happy belated Mother’s Day! 💐🌺🌻 Our teachers hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating yesterday. In Chinese culture, filial piety is considered one of the greatest virtues. Let‘s continue to honor and appreciate our mothers every day, thanking them for their unwavering support and invaluable contributions ❤️🎉

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 05/02/2024

Did you know that kites were first invented in China nearly 3000 years ago? They were used not only for recreation and sport but also as a form of artistic expression 🎨🖌️✨

After the beach cleanup event, students had fun flying kites and enjoying the soothing breeze. For many teachers and parents, this experience brought back nostalgic memories of kite flying from their own childhood 🪁🌞

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 04/28/2024

With the help of our students, parents, teachers, and community members, we removed close to 50 pounds of waste from La Jolla Shores beach 🏖️🌊We are grateful for everyone’s participation in making our beaches a cleaner and safer place 🎉🥳

At the Chinese School of San Diego, we value experiences that encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible members of our community. This includes the conservation of natural resources and the protection of our environment! 🌎🌳

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 04/10/2024

What’s your top pick among Chinese noodles? Across China, there are more than 500 varieties of noodles; each region boasts its own noodle specialty, such as rice noodles from the south and hand-pulled noodles from the north. In our recent assembly, we explored and learned about the art of noodles 🍜✨ Look at us getting hands-on after a noodle-pulling demonstration!

03/17/2024

The Chinese School of San Diego is proud to sponsor the annual banquet held by Hong Kong Association of Southern California’s San Diego Chapter 🇭🇰🇺🇸 Come meet other fellow Hong Kongers and enjoy a delicious meal with the Cantonese members of our school! 🎉👏🎊

The banquet will take place on March 21st (Thu) at the Golden Island Restaurant, from 5pm-9:30pm. There will be a lion dance at 6pm and many exciting raffle opportunities! Please visit the link in our bio for more information. We hope to see you there! 😊

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 03/14/2024

Learning Chinese isn’t just about textbooks at the Chinese School of San Diego; it’s about immersing ourselves in the culture! 🥢🥟🍜🧑‍🍳 Check out the delicious 港式蛋撻(Hong Kong egg tarts) prepared by our Cantonese beginner’s class last Saturday 😋🤤

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 03/03/2024

At the Chinese School of San Diego, we place great emphasis on the practice and appreciation of Chinese calligraphy. Check out the incredible artwork and calligraphy our talented students created! 🧑‍🎨🎨

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 02/14/2024

Enter the Year of the Dragon! 🐉
Chinese School of San Diego wishes everyone a Happy Lunar New Year!
龍年新禧!恭喜發財!
聖地牙哥中文學校恭祝大家
新年快樂,心想事成!
身體健康,出入平安!

02/10/2024

Happy Chinese New Year!

01/16/2024

Happy New Year!!! 新年快樂!!!

12/22/2023

Chinese School of San Diego wishes you a holiday season filled with peace, love, and joy! 😄

-- Principal Cassandra

08/29/2023

Hello again to our returning students (many have grown a bit taller! 😄) and a big welcome to the new students, their parents and even grandparents in joining our CSSD community! 😊

08/26/2023

First Day Back at Chinese School of San Diego. Big Smiles! 😁

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 03/05/2022

January 29 Assembly:

With Chinese New Year around the corner, our assembly topic was on Chinese New Year treats and the importance of Chinese New Year Eve's family gathering/dinner.

Students each received a red packet and all had the opportunity trying out different Chinese New Year treats! 😋
Several students and their teachers joined in leading everyone into singing "Happy New Year to You", "恭喜, 恭喜, 恭喜你"! 😊
Classes created different art work to decorate for Chinese New Year. 😍

-- Cassandra Wong

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 03/05/2022

January 22 Assembly:

Chinese Proverbs and Idioms 中國諺語和成語

There are hundreds of Chinese proverbs addressing all aspects of life, from education and work to personal goals and relationships. Proverbs are slightly more elaborate and are made up of two phrases.

Chinese idiom is a type of traditional Chinese idiomatic expression, most of which consist of four
characters. They are popular sayings taken from literature, history, and famous people such as
philosophers. The expressions are often used colloquially as statements of wisdom or advice. Chinese
idioms are usually succinctly made of four characters whereas.

-- Cassandra Wong

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 03/05/2022

January 15, 2022 Assembly:

1) The Great Wall
2) Xian's Terracotta Soldiers
3) Qin Shi Huang 秦始皇 -- benevolent or malevolent dictator?
Our students took a vote.

-- Cassandra Wong

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 01/14/2022

Happy New Year! 🎉🥳
It's been a busy and fun 2021, so let's get you up to date! 😁

11/05/2021

Chinese School of San Diego proudly cosponsors 22nd San Diego Asian Film Festival's "Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart", directed by Wayne Wang ("Joy Luck Club").
Guests of CSSD will also receive a special dim sum treat, courtesy of Golden Island Restaurant.

SDAFF, with its excellent selection of fine international cinema, will be back in April, 2022, with their 11th Spring Showcase. Don't miss it!

-- Cassandra Wong

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 09/17/2021

Epoch Times August 28, 2021 (The Epoch Times reporter Yang Jie reports from San Diego, USA)

Chinese education in San Diego, California is booming. There are dozens of Chinese schools and Chinese classes of various sizes, with different scales and characteristics. Among them, the "Chinese School of San Diego" located on Ruffin Road in Kearny Mesa is the only Chinese school in San Diego that teaches both Mandarin and Cantonese. Its history can be traced back nearly a century.

From a Chinese classroom in the church to a Chinese school with its own site, there have been interruptions, renames, and many relocations. However, batch after batch of people who are passionate about Chinese education are holding their hands. Xin, in order for future generations to learn Chinese and understand Chinese culture, I have come here after inheriting the past.

Entering 2021, the school will reopen in the fall after closing face-to-face teaching due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The principal, Sally Wong-Avery, said that despite many challenges, the San Diego Chinese School will continue to continue because she is passionate about Chinese education.

California’s "Chinese School of San Diego" has a century-old history and is the only school in San Diego that teaches Mandarin and Cantonese at the same time. The picture shows the cover of the textbook "Good Manners" compiled by the principal Sally Wong Avery (Tsui, Wai Bo).

A century of long history in Chinese.

The history of the San Diego Chinese School is closely linked to the history of Chinese immigration in San Diego, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century or even the end of the 19th century.

John Lee Huang, a retired Chinese entrepreneur from San Diego and the executive creative director of the 2010 U.S. Census, traced the history of the San Diego Chinese School in his speech "Tracing the History of San Diego Chinese School" at the invitation of the San Diego Chinese History Museum By the 1885s, the Congregational Chinese Mission School (Congregational Chinese Mission School) began.

Sally Wong Avery and her friend, Dorothy Hom founded Chinese Historical museum 中國歷史博物館, in 1976.

John Lee Wong said that at that time, due to the development of railway construction, there were hundreds of Chinese immigrants in San Diego Chinatown. The main purpose of the school is to help the Chinese learn English.

As the number of children born in local Chinese families gradually increased, Chinese classes in church schools came into being. Chinese immigrants hope that their children growing up in the United States can speak their own language and understand Chinese culture.

In 1925, Rev. Ching Chong Hung, who spoke Mandarin and Cantonese, opened a Chinese class in addition to the church’s English class, marking the beginning of the San Diego public Chinese class.

In 1937, Rev. Kei Tin Wong and his wife Edith came to San Diego from Arizona. They cooperated with the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association (CCBA) 中華會館 to establish the first Chinese school, named Chung Wah School. The school teaches Cantonese, and senior students also learn Mandarin.

Principal Tom Soon Kuey wrote a vigorous school song, expressing "Love China", "Love Chinese culture for five thousand years", "Promote Greater Chinese Culture", "Children are the foundation of the nation", "Students should be both moral and intellectual. Can grow" and other content.

The Chung Hwa School lasted for nearly 10 years and was closed in 1946 due to the departure of Pastor Wong. During the Pearl Harbor Incident, the United States joined World War II, and some senior students joined the US military.

It was not until 1959 that Chung Hwa School was able to re-enroll students thanks to the efforts of the Chinese Community Church and the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association.

In 1971, Dr. Irene Cheng officially registered the Chung Hwa School of San Diego with the San Diego Department of Education and named it Chung Hwa School of San Diego (Inc.). Irene Cheng is the third daughter of Sir Robert Ho Tung (Hong Kong elder Ho Tung).

At this time, the school's curriculum is more abundant, including conversation, calligraphy, reading, history, geography, music, art and drama.

However, in 1993, due to insufficient funding, Irene Cheng decided to close the San Diego Chinese School.

Tsui, Wai Bo continued and revitalizes San Diego Chinese School
At the end of 1993, Tsui, Wai Bo, who was the principal of Chung Hwa Chinese School for 9 years, re-registered the Chinese School as the "Chinese School of San Diego" with her own funds.

Tsui, Wai Bo was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Malaysia. She obtained a JD and a lawyer's license in the United States and also Great Britain and Wales legal license of England Law Society. She was also the director of the Chinese Social Services Center at the time.

After Tsui, Wai Bo took over, he tried her best to promote the Chinese school into the mainstream and introduced the programs of the Chinese school to local TV stations to raise the awareness of Chinese schools from all walks of life.

California’s "Chinese School of San Diego" has a century-old history and is the only school in San Diego that teaches Mandarin and Cantonese at the same time.

The picture shows a page of "Contented and Not Greedy" from the "Good manners" textbook compiled by the principal Tsui, Wai Bo. (Yang Jie/The Epoch Times)

The school finally has a fixed site.

In 2003, Tsui, Wai Bo’s daughter, Natasha Wong, became the vice principal of the Chinese school, which made the school even more powerful. At that time she had just obtained a law diploma from Oxford University in England. She’s licensed both in California and Great Britain attorney and solicitor respectively.

Later, under Natasha Wong leadership, the school was accredited certified by the Western Association of Schools (WASC) and accreditation was registered in multiple school districts in San Diego County. Natasha Wing, also served as the principal of a Chinese school from 2015 to 2018.

On the one hand, the mother and daughter the lawyers team, led the Chinese school into the Chinese circle while serving the Chinese, and to move towards the mainstream of San Diego society, and the Chinese school was certified. On the other hand, Tsui, Wai Bo also continued teaching the Chinese traditional culture in the school.

A centuries-old history of devotion to Chinese and Chinese Culture, San Diego Chinese School ushered in a new school year

Tsui, Wai Bo, devoted herself to Chinese education has been helped by her husband, Denny’s S Avery. Dennis Avery is the Son of Staton Avery, the founder of Avery Labels.

In 2005, Dennis Avery bought her a building on Ruffin Road, and after three years, it was transformed into the current campus.

In 2008, San Diego Chinese School ushered in the housewarming, ending the history of having no fixed school site. Tsui, Wai Bo also opened the Chinese bilingual preschool with her husband in the same year, fulfilling her wish to operate a Chinese preschool in San Diego.

The Chinese school and the preschool share the school site. The school has 8 indoor classrooms and a full commercial kitchen for preparing meals for students and for cooking classes in Chinese school. It has a high assembly hall and a large outside playground.

The school also displays many traditional Chinese artworks, so that students can appreciate and be exposed to the atmosphere and surrounding of Chinese culture and her artifacts.

Chinese School of San Diego welcomes the new school year.
Time has come to the end of summer 2021. San Diego Chinese School will reopen face-to-face classes in the fall after it has been closed for one and a half years due to COVID-19.

In the teacher meeting to prepare for the beginning of school, Tsui, Wai Bo lead everyone to revisit the school's mission:

"Cultivate students' motivation. Encourage students to have all-round development. Help students become ethical, compassionate and socially responsible people. Educate students. Respect the opinions, beliefs and cultures of others, and the value of community participation."

She said these missions are very important and reflect her philosophy of running the school.

This summer, the school also welcomed a new vice principal, Cassandra Wong.

Cassandra Wong has a close relationship with Chinese School of San Diego. She said that her aunt used to be the principal of the Chung Hwa School, her brother also taught at the Chung Hwa school several years ago and her own two children studied at Chinese School of San Diego for 12 years, from childhood till they graduated from high school.

Cassandra Wong said that she and Principal Sally Wong Avery share many teaching concepts. She hopes that she can help the school develop further and provide better Chinese education enrichment for more students.

California’s "Chinese School of San Diego" has a century-old history and is the only school in San Diego that teaches Mandarin and Cantonese at the same time. The picture shows some students at the celebration ceremony for the end of the 2016-2017 school year. (Yang Jie/The Epoch Times)

Natasha Wong spent more than half a year preparing a speech on "Retrospecting the History of the Chinese School in San Diego", said that the pattern of Chinese education has undergone tremendous changes. In addition to weekend and after-school Chinese schools dominated by immigrants from Taiwan, Hong Kong or mainland China, many public schools Elementary schools, Middle schools, high schools and universities have also opened Chinese classes. Chinese education has formed a complex and fiercely competitive situation. She said that the Chinese School of San Diego under the leadership of Tsui, Wai Bo has proactively positioned the school as providing teaching for people of all ethnicities and ages who want to learn Chinese, and has not given up Cantonese teaching, which is commendable.

Regarding the competition and challenges faced by Chinese schools, Tsui Wai Bo said: "I am actually very happy that many places are teaching Chinese because I hope that many people learn Chinese." However, she also said: "We will definitely continue to do it because of Chinese Education is what I love."

Editor in charge: Bai Jin

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 09/17/2021

Special guest Prof. Glen Brodowsky (Cal State San Marcos) who is brilliant and proficient in Mandarin, spoke to our students on "Why Learn Chinese?" His good friend and Chinese School of San Diego alumni, Jon Segal, came to visit as well. Students had great questions for Prof. Brodowsky at the Q&A to better understand how learning Chinese has presented more opportunities and made Prof. Brodowsky's life richer and more interesting.
(September 11, 2021)

09/17/2021

Celebrating summer and September birthday students with Happy Birthday! 生日快樂! 🎂🎤😄
(September 11, 2021)

Photos from Chinese School of San Diego's post 09/08/2021

It is back to school once again!

We are all excited that school is back in session and in-person this year. We are so happy that many of you are safely back from holiday and returning for classes, and we welcome many of you who are new faces to our school, well...masked. 😷

This year we have students from ages 4 1/2 to 75, from over a dozen ethnicities, taking Cantonese, Mandarin and learning Chinese culture and customs at our school. This year promises to be fun and interesting with inspiring speaker events, festival celebrations and many interesting and unique cultural presentations.

Though school has officially started, we continue to have enrolment trickle in. If you are interested in joining our school, please do not delay and contact us as soon as possible!

Cassandra Wong
Vice Principal

07/30/2021

Chinese School of San Diego will be open for in-person learning for 2021-2022.

We are looking for energetic, engaging, and patient teachers to teach Cantonese and Mandarin.

Do you possess a passion for education and sharing the culture of China and its beautiful language?

Contact us!
We would love to have you be a part of our growing team!

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Our Story

The Chinese School of San Diego (CSSD) has a history dating back to over 100 years. It is the oldest Chinese school in San Diego, and it is the only Chinese school in San Diego to teach both Cantonese & Mandarin. Chinese School of San Diego aims to provide a well rounded program of studies of the Chinese language and its cultures. CSSD program emphasizes the development of fluency in Chinese listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translation. These are developed with a broad, activity based approach. Students at CSSD develop a keen understanding of and appreciation for China, its language, history, culture, festivals and traditions. CSSD teachers provide learning experiences that are appropriate to a student’s age. We take a student-centered approach to instruction that capitalizes on each student’s strengths. We welcome all students ranging from beginners to more advanced learners. We think you’ll agree that our program is fun and educational.

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