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Register today for our AP Chinese Language and Culture class for 2019-2020!

WVCA is pleased to offer an AP Chinese Language and Culture class for 2019-2020 to help students prepare for and succeed on the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam. This is an intermediate-level class and students will learn and practice their communication skills in real-life situations and expand their knowledge of Chinese culture to different areas such as family and community, contemporary life, and science and technology. Test-oriented practice will also be included.

Click here to register if you are interested.

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Register online for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year at West Valley Chinese Academy.

Click here to access our online application.

Click here to pay online, or calculate your tuition amount for the 2019-2020 school year.

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On February 5, 2019, Chinese New Year launched across the world in the grandest of splendor. This year, we celebrate the Year of the Pig (猪年).

The Chinese zodiac, a 12-year cycle of animal years and their applied traits, goes back so far in history. According to the Chinese legend, the Jade Emperor of the Heaven wanted to select 12 animals to be his guards. He sent an immortal being into man’s world to spread the message that the earlier one went through the Heavenly Gate, the better the rank one would have.

The next day, animals set off towards the Heavenly Gate. Rat got up very early. On his way to the gate, he encountered a river. He had to stop there, owing to the swift current. After waiting a long time, Rat noticed Ox was about to cross the river and swiftly jumped onto Ox’s back. The diligent Ox did not mind at all and simply continued. After crossing the river, he raced towards the palace of the Jade Emperor. Suddenly, Rat jumped out of Ox’s back and dashed to the feet of the Emperor. Rat won first place and Ox was second. Tiger and Rabbit came third and fourth. Good-looking Dragon was fifth and Snake ranked sixth. Horse and Goat were ranked seventh and eighth. Then came Monkey, Rooster and Dog. Finally, the Pig arrived as the twelfth animal.

Such is the Year of the Pig. Years of the Pig include 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, and 2031. Due to the pig’s traits of generosity, hard work, and compassion, the Year of the Pig is auspicious indeed. This year is considered the Year of the Earth Pig (土猪). In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Metal (金), Wood (木), Water (水), Fire (火), and Earth (土). An Earth Pig comes once in a 60-year cycle. It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are determined by their birth year’s zodiac animal sign and element. A person born in the Earth Pig year is believed to be communicative, popular among their friends, and with a strong sense of time keeping.

Let’s enjoy the Year of the Earth Pig, and join in the celebration with billions of others worldwide.

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West Valley Chinese Academy will host its 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 10, to celebrate the Year of the Pig.

The event will feature lion dances, cultural dances and music, student performances, and plenty of exciting raffle prizes.

WVCA’s 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration
6025 Valley Circle Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Click here for an event flyer, and feel free to share it with your family, friends, neighbors, and community. Everyone is welcome.

See you there!



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Join West Valley Chinese Academy for another fundraiser at The Stand in Woodland Hills on Sunday, December 9 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to have some great food while raising funds to support the programs at WVCA. Simply present the following flyer (printed or on your phone) when you are making your purchase, and 20 percent of your purchase will support WVCA.

Please feel free to share this flyer with your family, friends and community. Thank you for your support!


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“In China, from a very early period, calligraphy was considered not just a form of decorative art; rather, it was viewed as the supreme visual art form, was more valued than painting and sculpture, and ranked alongside poetry as a means of self-expression and cultivation.”

West Valley Chinese Academy is pleased to offer a new Chinese Calligraphy class which will held from 11:30 am to 12:20 pm on Sundays.

This Chinese Calligraphy course provides a great way to further your child’s knowledge of Chinese culture.

Contact Xiaoyan Lin at, if you are interested in enrolling your child.

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West Valley Chinese Academy (WVCA), located in Woodland Hills, CA is currently seeking Mandarin Chinese language teachers. We teach Simplified Chinese and Pinyin. Classes meet on Sundays from 9:30-11:20 a.m. for lower grades and 9:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. for higher grades.

WVCA has been teaching Chinese language and culture for 15 years. WVCA differentiates itself from other language schools by its small class size, experienced teachers, Beginner to AP Preparation classes, and dedicated volunteers.

Pay is $25-$30/hr.

Job Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required (U.S. or foreign equivalent). Must have experience in teaching Chinese, preferably in teaching Pinyin or lower grades.  Must enjoy working with kids.

This is a part-time job. Candidates need to reside in the Greater Los Angeles area.

To apply, send a cover letter and your resume to

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West Valley Chinese Academy hosted its Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 11, 2018, to celebrate the year of the dog with student and parent performances, and a lion dance performance.

We are so very grateful for our teachers, students and parents who took part in the celebration. Your efforts helped make this a successful and joyful event for everyone in attendance. We also have many committed volunteers whose children have already graduated from the school but still return every year to volunteer.

We want to say THANK YOU to everyone of you and wish you a happy, healthy prosperous Chinese New Year!


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Please considering purchasing gift cards for 99 Ranch Market to help support our school. For those who don’t shop at 99 Ranch Market, please consider purchasing these cards since they will make great presents for families and friends with Chinese New Year approaching. Approximately 6% of your gift card purchase will go to WVCA. These gift cards are available in values of $10, $25, $50 and $100, and they never expire. Please stop by the front desk on Sunday to get your gift cards.

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Did you know that West Valley Chinese Academy is on Facebook? Connect with us to see the pictures from our recent events, and get the latest on WVCA happenings and upcoming events.

Click here to visit the West Valley Chinese Academy Facebook page.

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