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Northwest Chinese Academy was founded in July 2008 as the result of one family’s hopes for their child’s education. Unhappy with the local options for Mandarin immersion education, they hoped to provide their child with an education with the highest possible amount of Mandarin immersion— an education where children would be challenged to achieve while providing the support to succeed. With the guidance of five dedicated Chinese teachers (including our current early education teacher, Donna Huang), a group of families, and a lot of hard work, Northwest Chinese Academy welcomed its first students on September 7, 2008.

After opening in our original location, Northwest Chinese Academy grew rapidly as word spread about our 90/10 immersion model. Northwest Chinese Academy then moved a handful of times to accommodate our growing school. In October of 2016, with the help of the Board of Directors and a very persuasive letter, Northwest Chinese Academy purchased its forever home: a three-acre campus on the Beaverton-Aloha border.  2018-2019 was the first school year at NWCA’s permanent campus, and the entire NWCA community of families, teachers, and staff could not be more excited for what is to come at our new location.

Since those early days, Northwest Chinese Academy has continued to grow into the school it is today: 55 current students and hundreds more alumni, all having experienced Portland’s Premier Mandarin Immersion Education. 

With our earliest alumni now starting college, our students’ achievements after leaving Northwest Chinese Academy make clear that an NWCA education is special, providing an exceptional foundation for children to develop a lifelong love of language learning that allows them to achieve their wildest dreams.