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.

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Red Envelope

Click to make a Red Envelope donation online via PayPal: 2018 Red Envelope Campaign.

  • The giving of Red Envelopes is a custom in Chinese-speaking countries and other areas of Asia. Making a Red Envelope donation is a symbolic sign of your good wishes for our school.
  • Support the new play area to be built on Yinghua’s east side.
  • Build our general fund.






Celebrate with Yinghua at Ying-Fling, a party for the grown ups, on Saturday, April 28, at Grain Belt Bottling House in Minneapolis. Ying-Fling features music, food and drinks, dancing, and a silent and live auction to raise funds for the school. Reserve your ticket online: Ying-Fling Tickets.

2017-18 Classroom Photos

School photos from the 2017-18 school year may be uploaded for sharing. Photos, stored in event-specific and grade level online folders, will be available until the end of the school year. Many of these photos will be used for the yearbook. To add photos, please email to request editing/uploading privileges. Include your child’s name, class, and the email address you will use to sign in and upload.

See this sheet for detailed instructions: Yinghua Photography Instructions. Please send questions to:

Spotlight on Chartering, Reward School & National Blue Ribbon

Education | Evolving featured Yinghua Academy in its recent Spotlight on Chartering blog post.

Dr. Brenda Cassellius congratulated Yinghua Academy on its recent designation as a 2016 Reward School. Our school is among the highest performing Title I schools in the state, This recognition reflects our students’ hard work, achievement and progress from year to year. Read more

Yinghua Wins Second Innovation Award

The MN Association of Charter Schools (MACS) has awarded Yinghua Academy a second Innovation Award! The 2017 award recognizes us for innovative measurement of outcomes through the annual Academic Performances program developed in 2007 by Dr. Luyi Lien, Academic Director. During classroom-based events in spring of each year, students show and share what they know in a performance that integrates Chinese, math, science and social studies topics: Watch the 2017 Innovation video.

In November 2016, Yinghua received the MACS award for new forms of accountability through its pioneering collaboration with Minnesota Online High School to create three levels of Advanced Chinese online courses for K-8 immersion graduates. Immersion elementary schools are proliferating in the US, but high schools and colleges haven’t caught up. This program, with multiple levels of accountability, bridges the gap. Watch the 2016 Innovation video.