My daughter who is almost 4 has been taking Kinder Chinese 2 days a week for the last 3 months and she truly enjoys the time she spends with Ding Laoshi at Karis. She is learning to speak Mandarin phrases and sentences! We are so pleased with her progress! Both my kids ages 7 and 4 also have taken the summer camps and always had so much fun at Karis since the teachers make it both fun and educational.
Mindy, Mother of 7 and 4-year-old
We are so happy to have found Karis Academy. We have tried other language programs in the area and this is the first school where my daughter actually enjoys learning and is retaining what she has learned. The shift in attitude toward learning a new language has been priceless. The instructor is very attuned to the students’ understanding and progress and makes the learning process fun and engaging, which together makes for a successful learning program.
At the end of each class, my daughter feels proud of what she has learned and is eager to know more! Both my daughter (as a student) and I (as a parent) are immensely satisfied with Karis Academy and are beyond pleased with the results.
Cathryn, Mother of 8-year-old
My children have been going to Karis Academy for 6 months now. They attend two days a week of Mandarin classes. We do not speak Chinese at home so we are all learning together. Within two months of attending, they started incorporating Chinese words to everyday conversation. Please, thank you, etc. They are always asking me how to say a word/phrase in Chinese so I am brushing up on my Chinese too. They are also more interested in learning different cultures and trying different foods!
Karis is fantastic because the teachers are well qualified and the class sizes are small. The Directress at Karis has extensive experience in education and you can see it in how she patiently deals with the students and how she approaches her school. I also love the fact that it is a ‘one stop shop’. They offer enrichment classes in English, Arts, etc. Because I am there twice a week, I have plenty of time to observe the other classes and talk to other parents. I can tell they do a great job with their enrichment classes too. The kids are proud and excited as well as the parents too!
I definitely recommend Karis Academy. I trust my children’s education to the very qualified hands of their staff!
Tammy, Mother of 6-year-olds
We wanted a summer immersion program that wouldn’t only teach language basics, but truly expose our child to the language’s cultural aspects as well. Karis academy did a great job hitting both fronts. Our son left everyday excited to spend the day learning mandarin and participating on the numerous field trips that were provided as part of their summer program—The daily time at Playland was a big draw too. The teachers were sincere and knowledgeable and had a genuine concern for my child. Overall, we felt that the program was worthwhile. After 8 weeks, my son can do basic conversational Chinese and has a new appreciation for his heritage.
Robert and Jackie Mabesa