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Curriculum



Elementary school

The core of our elementary school curriculum consists of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, visual and performing arts, and physical education. At these early stages, students will be learning the basics of Buddhism and introduced to the Eight Confucian Virtues (kindness, filial piety, respect, trustworthiness, fairness, citizenship, integrity, and humility). In addition, Chinese language and culture will be introduced and developed through all the grades. Grade 5 through 6 is a critical transitioning period for students. Critical thinking skills, writing composition, integrated thinking skills, and logic are developed at this stage. Students will be learning more advanced levels of English, mathematics, science, social studies, and Chinese language and culture. In addition, more in-depth studies of Buddhism and the Eight Confucian Virtues will be incorporated. Our program is intended to prepare students for the rigors of secondary school as well as mastery of the basic skills.



Secondary school

In grades 7 and 8, more advanced level of Buddhist studies, Virtue studies, Chinese language and culture, as well as higher levels of English, social studies, and science are integrated into our curriculum. Mathematics will include Pre-Algebra and Algebra. Visual and performing arts and PE are also required. Students will be prepared for college-preparatory courses in grades 9 through 12.

Grades 9 through 12 have a rigorous curriculum that follows the suggested guidelines set by the University of California.

The minimum course requirements for completion of our program are:

  • English (4 years)
  • Mathematics (3 years)
  • Science (2 years)
  • Social studies (2 years)
  • Chinese language & culture (4 years)
  • Visual and performing arts (1 year)
  • College-preparatory elective (1 year)
  • Buddhist studies (4 years) (Meditation, sutra studies, chanting, etc.)
  • Virtue studies (Eight Confucian Virtues) (4 years)
    *Advance placement (AP) and honor courses are dependent on students and faculty.