Frequently Asked Questions:

Thanks for contacting TBCS, the largest Chinese school in the greater Tampa Bay area. We hope the Q&A below will help you with your basic inquiries about our school in general, the programs and classes we offer to the community:

  • Where is the Chinese School located?

    All classes are taught on the third floor of Cooper Hall, USF.
    Here’s the Google Map link of USF Campus and Cooper Hall
  • When are classes being offered?

    Class period is from 1:00PM to 4:15PM on select Sundays. Please refer to the latest calendar for exact school day for each semester. There are two class sessions on a school day. The first session is from 1:00PM to 2:30PM, and the second session is from 2:45 to 4:15PM.
  • What classes do you offer?

    We are a weekend Chinese school whose primary purpose is to provide a Chinese language and culture learning environment in the Tampa Bay area. We offer Chinese classes of all levels. Other than Chinese, we also offer some supplementary classes: art, dance, SAT math, and English reading and writing. Classes are offered on select Sunday afternoons. Detailed class offering can be found on the school website Classes section.
  • When is the tuition due?

    The tuition is due on first day of school.
  • Is the tuition listed online a weekly fee or for the whole semester?

    Tuition listed online is for each semester.
  • I had paid the registration fee for the fall semester. Do I have to pay it again for the spring semester?

    Yes. The registration fee only covers one semester and has to be paid each new semester.
  • Can I pay my tuition and fees online?

    At this time, we only accept check or cash as method of payment. No credit card is accepted online or in person. Please make the payment in person on the first day of class.
  • The school semester has already started, should I still pay the full tuition?

    Full tuition is required if you start within three weeks of a new semester. If your child starts in the middle of the semester, the tuition will be pro-rated.
  • When will the next semester start?

    Calendar for the new semester will be posted on the school website after the last day of the current semester.
  • Do you offer any summer classes?

    It depends on if there will be enough students to register. We did in the past and might continue to do so.
  • What summer classes do you offer?

    In the past, we normally offered only Math and English SAT classes in the summer.
  • Do you have any age requirement for your school?

    We accept school age kids. Minimum is four years old and any exception should be approved by school admin staff.
  • Do you offer Chinese classes for adult students?

    It depends on the demand for such class. From time to time, we do offer adult class if there is enough demand for it; please check our current class listing to get the up-to-date class availability information.
  • My son/daughter is xx year’s old, which class should he/she attend? How do I know which class is the best fit for my child?

    If your child has never learnt or has very limited exposure to Chinese, he or she should start with EDP1A or EDP1B. EDP stands for Early Development Program. EDP1A is for students from a Chinese speaking family and EDP1B is for those from a non-Chinese speaking family.
    If your child has learnt Chinese before, then he or she should be evaluated by our teacher or staff to decide which level is the best fit.
  • We don’t speak Chinese at home, is there any class for my kid(s)?

    Yes, we offer EDP1B and EDP2B as introductory classes for beginners who are from a non-Chinese speaking family.
  • I want to get an idea of what is taught in each class, how do I do that?

    Please click on the class link to see if Syllabus for each class can be found by clicking into each class online. If you still have questions, please e-mail admin@tampabaychineseschool.com
  • Do you offer sibling discount?

    There is no sibling discount for tuitions. However, there is a $10 registration fee discount for each additional sibling.
  • What textbook do you use?

    Chinese Paradise for EDP classes, and Zhong Wen for regular G1 to G12 classes.
  • Do you teach simplified or traditional Chinese characters?

    Simplified Chinese.
  • My kids have been taught traditional Chinese characters. Do you think he/she will fit in your school?

    Yes, kids are very easy to adapt.
  • The semester has already started, and we just moved to Tampa Bay area, can we still enroll our kid(s) in the school?

    It depends on how well your kids will adapt to the progress of the class. You're always welcome to come to the school and sit in for a trial out and then you make decision if you want to enroll immediately or wait till the following semester. If you enroll portion of a semester, your tuition will be prorated based on the days remaining in the semester but the registration fee is not prorated.
  • What are the major school events on annual basis?

    In Spring semester, we hold a Chinese Writing Contest; from Spring 2012 on, we also hold the Student Talents Show that will coincide with the Writing Contest Award ceremony. In Fall semester, we hold the Chinese Story Telling Festival where TBCS students go on stage to tell stories in spoken Chinese. Besides these two major activities, TBCS students are also invited to perform in a variety of community or celebrative events such as Chinese New Year gala, Asian Cultural Festival, and so on.
  • Questions regarding Elementary English Writing and Reading classes

    Q:What are the requirements (age, grade, etc.) for EEWR(I) and EEWR(II)?
    A:EEWR(I) is for kids who are in 1st and 2nd grade in their regular school.
    A:EEWR(II) is for kids who are in 3rd and 4th grade in their regular school.

    Q:My kid has taken EEWR class in the FaQuestions regarding Elementary English Writing and Reading classes. What are the requirements (age, grade, etc.) for EEWR(I) and EEWR(II)?
    A:EEWR(I) is for kids who are in 1st and 2nd grade in their regular school.
    EEWR(II) is for kids who are in 3rd and 4th grade in their regular school.

    Q:My kid has taken EEWR class in the Fall semester, should we register him/her for the Spring semester? Will he/she be learning the same stuff?
    A:The Fall semester and Spring semester are not the same. New crafts are taught in the second semester, though the format of the class is the same.

    Q: My kid has taken EEWR class for one school year. Should we register him/her for another school year? Will he/she be learning the same stuff?
    A: Although most of the crafts are repeating in the next year, there are a lot of benefits for enrolling your child for the next year. First, he/she will get to practice using the crafts again and hear read alouds from different books containing that craft. Likewise, there is no better way to become a better writer than by practicing. The class provides plenty of time for practicing the craft and offers feedback about using it. ng foundation to start from. Level one delivers that foundation through reading and writing exercises geared toward test preparation and moving up to the level two class.

    Q:My kid has taken AEWR class in the Fall semester, should we register him/her for the Spring semester? Will he/she be learning the same stuff?

    A:Both semesters cover similar reading and writing strategies. Keeping in mind that there are students who only take one semester of the class, the curriculum in both levels is well-rounded in all strategies. However, for those who wish to repeat the course and keep skills sharp, there is a stronger focus on writing and revision in the fall semester, while the spring semester spends a bit more time enhancing reading and comprehension skills.

    Q:My kid has taken AEWR class for one school year. Should we register him/her for another school year? Will he/she be learning the same stuff?

    A:The skills taught in both levels of AEWR will remain the same from year to year. In order to keep the class fresh, however, the material is altered to teach similar skills in new and interesting ways from year to year.