Confucius Classroom of Porter-Gaud School
Located in Charleston, South Carolina and founded in 1867, Porter-Gaud is an Episcopal, coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school, offering instructions for Grades 1-12. So far 310 students are enrolled in the lower school (Grades 1-5), 226 students in the middle school (Grades 6-8) and 349 students in the upper school (Grades 9-12). In 2011 Chinese was officially included in lower school’s curriculum. In the year of 2015, the lower school offers Chinese to the students of first through fifth grade, and the middle school offers Chinese in the sixth grade. The CI at USC provides full support to establish and further develop Porter-Gaud’s Chinese program since 2011. It included assigning one volunteer teacher to work at Porter-Gaud School each year in terms of Chinese language teaching as well as organizing cultural activities related to Chinese festivals and traditions. At Porter-Gaud School the students are not only learning the Chinese language, but also have opportunities to experience Chinese culture and traditions. The Chinese program of Porter-Gaud School plays a leading role among the schools in the local area. After the school was approved a Confucius Classroom, its Chinese program runs independently under the CI’s supervision.