Chicago North Chinese School (“CNCS”) was founded in 1981 with the mission to provide a superb learning environment in Chinese language and culture for families in the Chicago area. CNCS offers Chinese language courses and culture related activities for students ranging from kindergarten to high school and adults as well. The school is a non-profit organization supported by the voluntary services of 15 administrative officers and more than 20 teachers, most of whom are parents of enrolled students.
CNCS offers eleven levels of Chinese language classes between the hours of 1:10PM and 4:00PM on Sundays from late August to mid-May. Languages class are available for Mandarin speaking families, Mandarin for non-speaking families, and adults. The CNCS language program has been approved as an Ethnic Language Program by the Illinois State Board of Education since 1994.
CNCS also provides a variety of cultural and athletic classes including Chinese folk dance, Tai-Chi, Chinese yo-yo, badminton, and basketball.
In addition to the weekly classes, CNCS participates and sponsors many events within the school and Chicago land area. Some events, such as the Chinese speech contest and Chinese word contest, and done in tandem with other Chinese schools in Chicago metropolitan area. Others events include the Taiwan Independence Day parade in Chinatown as well as various Chinese cultural awareness at libraries and schools. CNCS also hosts its very own Opening Ceremony picnic and Chinese New Year's celebration party.