Cornell Chinese Program

Program Description: 

The Cornell Chinese language program is located at Cornell Elementary School, and is a part of Albany Children’s Center. Cornell Chinese serves children in kindergarten-fifth grade, providing high quality school-age care after the elementary school day.

This program is a wonderful Chinese immersion program designed specifically for Albany students and families. This program effectively teaches speaking, understanding, reading and writing Chinese. It also brings the joy of the Chinese culture to life as well.

All students and teachers in the Cornell Chinese program are required to speak Chinese, or “Shuo Han Yu,” while in the classroom. Every day, each student attends a 45 minute Chinese lesson in a small group. The class is divided into three groups; the lessons have been designed to integrate Chinese listening and speaking throughout the entire afternoon in addition to the 45-minute targeted small group learning time. The following Chinese textbooks and reading materials are utilized in our program: American Chinese Textbooks (Book 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5), Chinese Textbook (books 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5), Seventy Chinese Ancient Poems, World Journal, and Chinese Riddles.

The Cornell Chinese program teaches the Chinese culture and celebrations as well. Together the students and teachers participate in the Solano Stroll, the YMCA Halloween Celebration, and the Solano Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration on a yearly basis. These activities allow children to learn about and to experience the Chinese culture in a meaningful and developmentally appropriate manner.

Program Schedule

The afternoon, after care, program is open 11:00-6:00 in the Cornell Chinese school classroom. 

Daily Schedule:


10:30      Chinese language instruction (PM Kindergarten group)

1:00        Chinese language instruction (AM Kindergarten group)

2:00        Early Birds (1st-3rd grade) join: Chinese language instruction

3:00        Late Birds (1st-3rd grade) join: Chinese language instruction

3:45        Snack Time       

4:00        Choice time/ project time (indoor and outdoor options)

5:45        Clean up

6:00        Program closes