What is the nature of the Southern Connecticut Chinese School?
Southern Connecticut Chinese School (SCCS) is one of the oldest and largest community based Chinese language and culture schools in Southern Connecticut region. Located in historic town of New Haven, our school is a non-profit organization (formally 501(c)(3) registered) managed by the parents, owned by all members. Our goal is to promote Chinese language and culture and serve the diverse needs of our community members.
What is the mission of our school?
Our school operates according to the school bylaw. The mission of the School is to teach Chinese language, traditional Chinese arts, and to elevate the awareness of Chinese culture in the community. The School admits students, conducts all educational programs and activities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, ancestry or disabilities. The school conducts all educational programs and activities only on a non-profit, non- religious, and non-political basis.
What are the main programs of our school?
While our school was established with classes of heritage Chinese students, we added non-heritage classes later on to meet the growing needs of students with less Chinese background. Now we can provide more comprehensive Chinese education service to our community. With many years of experiences, our school has formed a system of non-heritage Chinese education. Enrichment classes in our school have also been an important part of enriching our students’ campus life. We currently offer a variety of enrichment classes including Chinese Dance, Calligraphy, Kung Fu, Chess, Math, etc.
Who are the owners of our school?
Our school is an independent educational institution owned by all SCCS members; therefore, the school does not have any shares, neither does it have a Board holding any shares. Nobody may get profit from the school surplus. Every penny earned by the school eventually shall benefit the school itself. We have a Board without holding any shares. It is formed by volunteering parents, elected from and by the school members. No one can automatically get into the Board without going through the parent voting process. The school Board reports to the general member council of all the members. In essence, our members are the owners and decision-makers of the school.
What are the rights of the members? How can members get involved in school activities?
After you register your child(ren) into the school and pay the membership fee, you immediately become a member of the school, i.e., one of the school owners. You have all the rights to participate in the school activities, including voting and/or being voted as board directors, sitting in board meetings, auditing school finance, organizing the Spring Festival Gala, and going to the summer picnic etc. Hope more parents to get involved into the activities of our own school.