About Us

The Yucai Chinese School was originally founded in 2007 by Dr. Huirou (Tina) Tian, to serve the residents of Yucaipa, Calimesa, Banning, Beaumont, Redlands, Highland, and surrounding areas.  

The main campus of the Yucai Chinese School is located at

12375 California Street, Yucaipa, CA 92399
(California Street Campus of ILCS).

Our Mission is:

● to provide an excellent learning environment for students of all ethnic backgrounds who are interested in learning the Chinese language, history, art, and culture; and,

● to participate in, promote, and enrich cultural activities in our local communities.

School Principal:

Huirou (Tina) Tian has been teaching Chinese in the Inland Empire for 15 years.  Beginning her teaching of Mandarin Chinese in Riverside in 2002, Tina soon realized that most of her pupils were American Chinese students who spoke Chinese at home. Because she realized that China’s growing presence in the global economy would demand that American students learn Chinese in order to be competitive, she founded the Yucai Chinese School of Language and Culture and began teaching elective classes at the Inland Leaders Charter School (ILCS) in 2007.  Her primary purpose was to teach students whose native home language was not necessarily Chinese.  Since that time she expanded her school to teach electives other schools in the Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District and the Banning Unified School District.  In 2010, she opened her Saturday morning classes at the California Street Campus of ILCS, which continues today with students from Yucaipa, Banning/Beaumont, Riverside and surrounding areas. 

Tina has taught students ranging in age from 5 to 71 years, and she loves teaching all of them.  Her passion is evident in the activities with her students because of her strong desire to teach them Chinese so they can speak it, understand it, and write it, as well as any native speaker.  She feels strongly that with economic globalization those students who have a firm grasp of the Chinese language will be able to compete in the “global” marketplace.  She admits that learning Chinese is a difficult task, but with perseverance and determination, her students are becoming more fluent and conversant.  She takes great pride in the progress of her students and she is relentless in the pursuit of her teaching and encouragement of all of them.

Vice Principal:

Bijua (Becky) Zhao, has been teaching at the Yucai Chinese School for years and has served as our Vice Principal for the last four years.  Teacher Zhao is a graduate of Min Zu University in Beijing, China.  She spent most of her teaching career in Hong Kong where she taught Chinese, music, social sciences, and mathematics for over 30 years.  She came to the United States in 2006 and immediately began teaching Chinese in Riverside, CA.  Becky is an excellent teacher and is qualified to teach all levels of Chinese, as well as music, piano and mathematics.   She teaches on a regular basis primarily at the main campus of the Yucai Chinese School, on Saturday mornings.  We are fortunate to have teacher Zhao as our Vice Principal and teacher. 

Tina and Becky have selected and interviewed several other teachers who have assisted the Yucai Chinese School in the past, and who are available to become active teachers as the number of students increases.  All of our teachers are highly qualified, have a strong commitment to Chinese teaching, and provide an excellent learning experience for our students.

Operation of the Yucai Chinese School:

The operations of the Yucai Chinese School are overseen primarily by three groups:  A Board of Directors, which sets the strategic direction, budget, and policies of the school; An Executive Committee, responsible for the operations of the school; and, the school Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), which provides volunteer support for the school’s mission and educational activities.  Our PTO organization is in its formative stage and parents of our students are encouraged to join.

Saturday Classes:

At the main campus of the Yucai Chinese School, teaching classes will be offered on Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:50 a.m.  Elective classes will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

We also offer weekday afternoon classes on various school campuses within the Inland Empire (see Home, and Campuses, tabs at the left).

See Tuition and Fees Tab, for information about payments, and textbook fees, and Registration Tab for “How to Register” for weekend classes.

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