Preparation for a Global Future

Yinghua Academy is the only full immersion Mandarin Chinese K-8 school in Minneapolis. It opened in 2006 as the first public charter Chinese immersion school in the U.S. and the first Chinese immersion school in the Midwest. Yinghua continues to be a national leader, offering an international perspective and outstanding results.


新闻 | News & Events



This year, we will not be sending out hard copies of the Busing Packet or the Registration Form. Instead, we will be managing everything online in an effort to simplify the process and conserve paper.

You may find the Busing Packet and the online registration form on the school’s website under the “Current Families” tab, then click “Transportation”. You may also use your web browser by entering the address below:

The online registration form can also be found at:

Before filling out your registration form, all parents will need to review the Busing Packet to become familiar with current busing policies and student behavior expectations. The packet will also include a “menu” of the 2015-2016 bus stops. Families are only allowed to choose one stop and need to know which one it is before beginning the registration process.

Additional key points that are new this year:

 New Bus Company – We are excited to introduce our new busing company, Metropolitan Transportation Network, Inc.! The MTN leadership has won many awards over the last few years and we are thrilled to be working with them. We are looking forward to the best busing year ever!

 New School Hours – The school day will move back to 8:30AM-3:30PM in order to accommodate busing.

 New Stops – With MTN’s help, we were able to create 15 new stops based on last year’s feedback!

 Snacks – Food will no longer be allowed on buses, including afternoon snacks. Bus riders will need to eat their snacks with their classmates during PM Homeroom before dismissal.

 Minneapolis Stops Are Free! – All families who register for, and use, a Minneapolis stop will ride for free. This includes families who live outside the city, but present themselves at a Minneapolis stop. (See the Busing Packet for more details.)

If you have questions after reviewing the Busing Packet, please contact Jeremy Brewer, Dean of Students, at or 612-788-9095.

New School Hours for the 2015-16 Academic Year

Effective September 2, 2015

As of September 2, 2015, Yinghua Academy will change its daily school hours to 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We have contracted with a new busing company, Metropolitan Transportation Network, for the coming school year. Rather than being served by a two –tier system as in past, where the bus company pairs Yinghua with another school, we will have single-tier service this year where we are able to determine our own start and dismissal times. Please see the adjusted daily schedule below.

6:45-7:45 a.m. Morning Care. Students enter via Door 2.
7:45-8:29 a.m. Morning Arrival. Students enter via Door 14.
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. School Day. Students should be in their homerooms at 8:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. School Office Hours. Enter via Door 1.
3:30-4:00 p.m. Dismissal. Students exit via Door 14 for car/curbside pick-up or through Door 2 for walk-up pick-up.
3:30-6 p.m. Aftercare/Enrichment/Music Conservatory. Parents/guardians enter via Door 2 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
6 p.m. Building Closed.

Save the Date for Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents’ Day will be Friday, October 23, 2015. Share the date with your grandparent and older generation family members and friends. The school will send both postal and electronic mail to U.S. addresses and only electronic mail to foreign addresses. Submit new or changes to grandparent addresses.

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer

Yinghua Academy would like to extend an extra-special, heartfelt thanks to our students and parents for another unforgettable school year! If you’d like to call or stop into the office, we will continue our normal office hours (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) until Friday, June 19th.

Beginning on Monday, June 22nd, the office will start summer hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. If you have time and want to stop by, feel free to visit the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays to connect with the community, listen to our guest readers, and meet special guests! These open library hours will continue throughout the summer, but keep in mind that the school will be closed July 6-10 for summer vacation.

Yinghua on Kare 11!


Click here to watch a clip from Kare 11′s broadcast coverage of the “We Are Yinghua” Mural Dedication on Monday, June 8th. Special thanks to Jenni Hoyt for her vision of representing Yinghua by combining Eastern and Western elements into the mural and her endless hours of coordination and effort to complete the masterpiece!


School Board Election Results

Congratulations to the five new school board members who won the most votes in this year’s election, which concluded on May 11. New board members include: Kimberly Gill (teacher), Joel Luedtke (parent), Amanda Schneider (parent), and Chris Ziolkowski (community member).  Seth Werner (parent) was re-elected to the board. Terms for the new candidates begin on July 1 and run for three years.  Thank you to all eight candidates for their willingness to serve the school.  Yinghua is very fortunate to have had an outstanding slate of candidates!

Lastly, a dragon-sized thank you to outgoing Board Members Scott Jax and Walt Graff.  Scott is a parent who served as Facilities Chair for over 6 years, culminating his board service with our beautiful new building. Walt is a Community Member who contributed his background in Chinese culture and legal expertise to the Governance Committee.