Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


4957 OAKTON ST APT 292SKOKIE, IL 60077 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

As a non-profit organization, our mission is to provide a positive environment for learning the Chinese language and its 5000 years’ rich culture, and to contribute to the cultural diversity of our local communities. We incorporate in our teaching process the traditional Chinese value elements to help students to develop language competency, social skills, cultural richness, and a broad worldview in our students.


Founded in 1995, Xilin Northshore Chinese School, initially named the Xilin Northwest University Chinese School, is the first non-profit school organized by community volunteers in the northern suburbs of Chicago to teach children in Chinese. For more than 25 years, the school has grown steadily, from the a few dozens of students to about 300 families and more than 400 students today.

Our school administrators are dedicated community volunteers from various professions with knowledge and experiences in the United States’ culture and education systems. The school has a dedicated team of teachers who are experienced in the American education system with focus on the properly localized Chinese curriculum. Our administrators and teachers continue to work together in exploring the most effective pedagogies to engage students in learning Chinese either as a heritage language or as a second language.

The school offers four hours of classroom instructions every Sunday. Our heritage Chinese lessons cover all grade levels from kindergarten to AP-level, while the Chinese as a Secondary Language lessons are offered for grades from K through 6. In addition, students can choose enrichment classes in arts, dance, martial art, mathematics, and programming. Adults in the community can also choose Chinese traditional painting, dancing, yoga, and other courses for adult classes.


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