The school curriculum offers 2 educational tracks: Conversational and Literacy. Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 12:30pm during the regular school year from September to June
The Conversational Track (grades pre-school through 7th grade) focuses on teaching oral communication skills and the recognition of Chinese characters. This track is suitable for students who do not speak the language or are not very fluent in the language. Students are placed based on the ability to speak Cantonese rather than by age. Dictation and composition are not required. Chinese culture and tradition are also introduced. All 7th graders will participate as graduates in the June graduation ceremony.
The Literacy Track (grades pre-school through 8th grade) focuses more on teaching reading and writing the Chinese language following the traditional Chinese instructional methods. This track is more suitable for students who can already speak the language. By the end of the school year, the Literacy Track Kindergartners can write his or her name and 30-40 characters. From 1st to 8th grade, the curriculum includes the learning of Chinese characters, vocabulary and sentence structures. Higher grades include doing composition, journal and poetry. Chinese culture and tradition are introduced to all grade levels. The 8th graders will participate as graduates in the June graduation ceremony.
Cultural Enrichment Activities
In addition to the academic curriculum, Newton Cantonese School offers many diverse cultural enrichment activities to students starting from the first grade. During the cultural enrichment period (from 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM), students can sign up and participate in the following activities: