At East Point Academy, we believe it is important to raise global citizens who not only speak a second language, but also understand the culture that language was born from and embrace cultures from across the globe. Every student at East Point Academy learns Mandarin Chinese and is taught about life in China, customs, celebrations and history.
Each fall we celebrate the Mid-Autumn-Festival with our Moonfest and enjoy a month-long celebration of Chinese New Year, culminating in a parade and gala open to the community showcasing the talent of our students and the beauty of Chinese culture.
Students have the opportunity to show their Mandarin speaking and cultural skills at the Palmetto Chinese Star competition. The winners of that competition go on to participate nationally at the Chinese Bridge competition at the University of Maryland. This was our first year participating and one of our students claimed the national title!
Each spring our 8th graders have the opportunity to travel to China for a capstone trip, where they sightsee, take classes at a Chinese school and stay with a host family. Talk about a true immersion experience!
While we love to connect the target language with its culture, we also embrace all cultures! Our monthly series, Going Global, brings in a special guest each month from different countries around the globe. Students learn about the guest’s country through exciting, interactive exhibits that are a feast for the sences.
We are always looking for fun ways to explore new cultures. Would you like to share your heritage with our students? Email Amy Roper, firstname.lastname@example.org.