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Review for Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute, Harrisburg, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is our third year with CCAI. Hard to believe since it feels like we've been there forever. Unlike many of the families here, I have boys that don't dance here. I bring them for the language program in hopes that they will be bilingual. Since they're not interested in learning, it's a struggle to get them to class and to do their homework. But once they're in class, they do learn. Their teacher is a saint for her patience with their shenanigans.

If not for attending this school, my boys would not know as much as I would want them to know about their culture (they're mixed) and I'm second generation so my knowledge is already decreased compared to natives. This school provides opportunities for celebrating our culture.

In addition, every year, they put on a fantastic spring gala that features the students in dance, art and the language classes put on a play. This isn't a low level recital type event; it's a full blown, could be professionals level performing event. Again, while my children did not want to do it at first, they have learned valuable lessons from doing so. One even remarked that presentations in school are not hard after having done this.

I highly recommend attending this school for their language, dance or fine arts programs!! Even though my children do not attend the other programs, I have seen the quality of their work and it's amazing. If I had more time, I would take classes there too! (maybe when my kids are grown)

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Review for Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute, Harrisburg, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We're starting our second year at CCAI. I returned to this school because it's a family environment. Everyone is welcoming and works together to get things done. It's not a traditional Chinese School (my kids go for language classes). There aren't bells to indicate the start of class time, break time, end of class. There aren't hundreds of students and parents. It's a more intimate setting. When one method wasn't working, the teacher changed to engage my kids (boys ages 12, 11 and 9) better.

There is a mandatory performance in the spring. As the parent, I was quite nervous and worried if my children could pull it off. But it ended up being a wonderful production and my children even enjoyed it.

I wish there were more hours in the day so my boys could experience all that this school offers.

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Review for Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute, Harrisburg, PA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I am new to CCAI and to the Harrisburg area. The families and staff of CCAI have opened their arms to my family. They have worked with me to find the right teacher for my children. Coming here is like visiting family. The prices are reasonable for what they offer. It's a different feeling here than the traditional Chinese School that are held on Saturday/Sunday. The classes here are taught mostly during the school week. There's a variety of attendees ranging from young children to adults, full Chinese, half-Chinese, non-Chinese and adopted Chinese. I couldn't give it 5 stars because the facility is a little hard to find (at first). I hope they can find a better home for this wonderful school in the near future.

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