Asian-American Coalition for Education

The Asian-American Coalition for Education (AACE) is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to help parents and school children, especially recent immigrants to the United States, understand the U.S. educational system and provide them with relevant information and services so that the children can improve school performance and quickly assimilate into the mainstream educational system.

Since its founding in 1996, the AACE has regularly sponsored training courses for parents and students, held free seminars with tutoring, summer school, and a Chinese school, and organized many cultural and educational exchanges between the U.S. and China.

All of these programs have been hugely beneficial to the children in their educational progress, adaptability, and grade promotion. AACE has won wide praise and support from education and other government agencies and the communities it serves, which has grown to include not only Asian families, but those of many other ethnicities as well. Each year the organization’s activities become ever more diversified.

AACE’s programs currently include:

  • Student Training
    1. Test Preparation: Offering a wide variety of prep courses taught by qualified teachers to give students a good foundation as well as prepare for Gifted Children class, statewide tests, and other standardized exams such as the Special High School, SSHS, PSAT, SAT, CAT, etc.
    2. Summer School: Classes integrate academic and talent classes with recreation and field trips. Students enjoy a balanced and multi-faceted program while working parents are relieved, knowing that their children are active, learning, and well cared for all day.
    3. Chinese School: Through this program, students learn the pinyin system of Chinese, simplified characters, traditional characters, standard pronunciation, conversational skills, composition, and Chinese culture.
    4. Talent Classes: Courses are offered in painting, music, dance, body exercise, Kung Fu, and other areas.
    5. After-school Tutoring: Tutors not only help with daily homework but also give extra coaching in academic subjects such as reading, writing, and math, and other areas such as music, dance, Kung Fu, and chess.
    6. Special Counseling: Experts give help and counsel to students on selection of and application to higher-level schools. Special services are provided for students who wish to study in the U.S.
  • Parent Training: Offering free educational seminars and workshops to help parents learn how to best monitor their children’s studies at home
    1. Helps parents understand new standards set by the Department of Education from pre-school to 12th grade, review the contents of different school tests by doing simulation tests themselves, and learn how to better help their children
    2. Assists parents in staying informed about school activities so that they can participate in their children’s school activities
    3. Provides families with information about special advanced classes and the high school and college application and selection processes
    4. Makes parents aware that their children may have an issue of adaptability as they go from primary to middle to high school to college
    5. Advises parents on how to communicate with their children and their children’s teachers
  • Sponsoring of American-Chinese cultural and educational exchanges by setting up sister schools and special classes to learn about each other and organizing groups of American and Chinese school children to visit one another’s countries

Program Descriptions

  1. Weekend English and Math Tutoring Classes
  • Classes are designed to supplement regular school classes and help students improve their performance in these two subjects.
  • Tutors help students newly arrived in America to improve their English as quickly as possible and dissolve language barriers to facilitate their best learning.
  • Tutors for different grade levels are available. Tutors are experienced public school teachers with state licenses who are outstanding in their fields.
  • Teaching materials comply with up-to-date New York State Department of Education standards for each grade and are coordinated with statewide tests to ensure that students achieve good results and reach the highest grade levels (level 4).
  • One-on-one tutoring is also available.
  1. Weekend Chinese School
  • This program is geared towards students who grew up in the U.S. and towards adopted children as young as 4 years old. There is no upper age limit.
  • Teaching is primarily done in Chinese pinyin with the use of both simplified and traditional characters.
  • Teachers use the most popular current Chinese teaching texts entitled “Chinese” and supplement their lessons with various other materials including after-class audio learning.
  • All tutors are bilingual, have degrees from Chinese and U.S. colleges, have many years of teaching experience, and are able to explain Chinese texts in English.
  • Practice and learning environments are lively and interesting. The aim of the program is to get the best possible results in the shortest possible time.
  • Chinese School Program Features
    • Clear focus is placed on the goals of individual students.
    • Lessons aim to achieve overall improvement in listening, speaking, and writing abilities.
    • Diplomas are awarded when the following requirements are met:
      1. Completion of 12 Chinese textbooks with passing grades
      2. Reaching test standards in AP courses (above 3.2)
      3. Reaching national SAT2 Chinese test standards (score of 600 and above)
      4. Reaching HSK (Chinese proficiency test for foreign students) standard intermediate level and above. Course reviews are organized for students so that they can participate in different types of unified tests, in order to evaluate the performance of our teachers and students
    • Students are encouraged to send their writing in Chinese for publication in newspapers and magazines.
    • Students are trained to participate in speech and recitation contests. The AACE will try to obtain scholarships from Chinese communities, government agencies, and companies for outstanding students so that recipients can visit China in the summer at a low cost or free of charge.
    • Enrollment is open year-round with sessions in the fall, spring, and summer.
  1. Talent Classes
  • Talent classes are held during the summer and on weekends during the school year in order to provide an environment for healthy year-round development of students’ ethics, intelligence, and physical health.
  • Classes include music, painting, handcrafts, sculpture, dance (folk dance, ballet, modern dance, and popular dance), Kung Fu, and etiquette.
  • All teachers are experts in their fields and have experience working with diverse groups of students.
  1. After-School Tutoring
  • This program takes place from 3:00 to 6:30pm Monday through Friday.
  • Students receive assistance completing their homework and learn to develop good study habits.
  • Tutoring is offered in many subjects including English reading and writing, math, Chinese, Kung Fu, dance, ball games, and chess.
  • Students will improve their academic studies while enjoying rich extracurricular activities
  • Special buses will transport students to and from designated school sites.
  1. Summer School
    • Summer school is an excellent way of giving students a fine place to go during the long summer vacation while enabling parents to rest assured that their kids are in good hands.
    • Our two-month-long summer came not only improves students’ basic skills in English reading, writing, and math, but also prepares them well for their classes in the upcoming school year.
    • Students experience a well-rounded day with participation in music, painting, and body coordination classes.
    • The schedule is 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
    • Summer School Program Features
      • Free breakfast and lunch provided by the NYC Department of Education
      • Class sizes are small
      • Chinese teachers are bilingual
      • English and math teachers are experienced public school teachers
      • After-hour care is provided
      • School bus service is available for an additional fee
      • The school has all necessary licenses and safety and sanitation rules are strictly observed
      • Talent classes (music, dance, painting, Kung Fu, chess) are taught by renown experts from China and around the world
      • Classrooms are large and bright, allowing for flexible use of the space
      • Enrollment begins every year on February 1. Discounts are offered for early enrollment.
  1. Counseling
    • Counseling is on-going to assist students with the transitions from middle school to high school and from high school to college.
    • College tours are provided.
    • College counseling by experienced college counselors is available.
  1. Summer Visit & Study Tours in the U.S. for Chinese Students
    • To promote U.S.-Chinese cultural and educational exchange, AACE organizes short summer tours for outstanding middle and high school students from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan to visit the U.S. for the dual purpose of touring and studying.
    • Along with American students, participants will take part in regular classroom studies and learn U.S. geography, history, and English taught by licensed American teachers.
    • Visiting students will have the opportunity to practice their English skills and to join classroom discussions.
    • Visiting students will have the opportunity to visit natural history museums and famous sights (such as The White House, the Capitol, and The Statue of Liberty) and experience the life of American students.
  1. Summer Visit Tours in China
    • AACE will help find scholarships for its students to visit China in the summer.
    • We also arrange tours where parents can join students to visit famous Chinese sights and historical relics and taste the diverse culinary delights from different parts of the country.
    • Students will not only see the essence of Chinese culture and history, but will also have opportunities to join get-togethers with Chinese students and/or become future pen pals.
    • Enrollment opens in March and ends in May.
    • Trips to China occur in July or August.