Confucius Classroom at St. Mary's School
Confucius Classrooms and Institutes are an initiative of the Chinese Ministry of Education to promote Chinese language instruction and cultural studies in high schools and colleges around the world.
St. Mary's School was the first Confucius Classroom established in North or South America. As a Confucius Classroom, students and community members have unprecedented access to Chinese language studies, travel to China, and friendship-building opportunities with Chinese students, teachers, and professors.
While there are almost 300 universities worldwide with Confucius Institutes, including over fifty major universities in the United States, there are only a handful of high schools with Confucius Classrooms.
All Seventh Graders at St. Mary's take a semester of Mandarin Chinese, with many continuing with the language as Eighth Graders and in the Upper School.
In partnership with the Southern Oregon Education Service District, the Confucius Classroom at St. Mary's began providing Chinese language instruction to local elementary and middle schools in Southern Oregon in the spring of 2009 via interactive videoconferencing. In the fall of 2010, Confucius Classroom teachers started introductory courses in Ashland and Central Point public schools. Today, our program continues to thrive and expand.
Beijing Sport University Kung Fu Performance
Friday, April 19 at 10:00am
St. Mary's School will be hosting a special Kung Fu performance courtesy of our friends at Hanban. Please join us for this spectacular show!