Hope Chinese Charter School is the first public Chinese immersion school in the Beaverton School District. The dream for this school first began in 2010, in a Saturday language school. Parents saw their children blossom in the Chinese classes, and realized they wanted something more. The vision for the school was initiated by parents, and quickly gained momentum and high interest from local educators, leaders and community organizations. The original team was made up completely of volunteers – people who felt passionately that a peace building, Chinese immersion education would greatly benefit their children and the community. These volunteers donated hundreds of hours and private funding for the dream of offering Chinese immersion to local students. The school successfully opened its doors in the Fall of 2012.
HCCS credits the passionate parents, educators, and sponsors for igniting the dream and carrying it forward. These dedicated volunteers overcame significant challenges including launching during a period of severe district budget cuts, facing tough charter requirements and multiple rejections, and not receiving any start-up grants. Volunteers and teachers overcame these challenges by making sacrifices, working harder, and pulling together. In addition, we thank Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School for trailblazing the path as the first language immersion charter school in the Beaverton School District. We also thank our partners at the Beaverton School District who provided their time and expertise to strengthen our development plan, challenged us to reach for excellence, and continue to support our success.