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Asia Pacific Language School - 3 Reviews - 14040 NE 8th St Ste 302, Bellevue, WA - Language Schools Reviews - Phone (425) 785-8299

Asia Pacific Language School

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14040 NE 8th St Ste 302
Bellevue, WA 98007
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(425) 785-8299
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This school has a vast range of programs but I have been sending my son to the pre-school for over a year now and can not stop raving about it! I am a huge advocate for teach...

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Asian Pacific Language School has numerous problems. Three of the most experienced and best teachers in the school left in March at the same time without a two week notice! They c...

APLS Has Lots of Problems! 5/23/2013

Asian Pacific Language School has numerous problems. Three of the most experienced and best teachers in the school left in March at the same time without a two week notice! They couldn't stay because there were a lot of internal conflicts between the executive director, Sharon Gao, and the teachers. After the good teachers left, Sharon was teaching the school for a few weeks. But she speaks poor Mandarin, so she is not a good teacher. Then she hired a bunch of new teachers very quickly. But they have very little or no experience at teaching preschool children. They are impatient, and shout at children a lot during school. APLS also has a strange way of disciplining students, and the rules are not consistent. Some students were punished for cutting the line going to the bathroom. But a few minutes later, other students who did the same thing would get away without punishment. Parents think that it is a great idea for children to learn Chinese. But this school does not provide a healthy environment for children to grow and learn, so a lot of students have left already! more

Poor School for Cognitive Development 4/8/2013

My largest concerns are around these 3 areas - along with 3 other families I have talked to that makes a total of 4 families NOT sending their kids back to APLS next fall 2013-14 school year TEACHING STYLE: Not helpful to non-native speakers. I do see native speaking children getting more attention and benefit out of the class. Non-native speakers seem to be disciplined harsher than the native speakers. LOCATION: School does not have their own building. They rent out a church basement adjacent to a foodbank that serves low income and homeless. (Currently, they are at Richards Rd) ADMINISTRATION: Lack of English fluency of all the teachers makes communication difficult and succinct. High turnover of teachers in 2013. Three staff quit at one time. Replacement teacher in one room not cited to having any previous teaching experience. MATERIALS: Scant amount of toys or cognitive materials to help develop the child's whole brain. more

The perfect school for non-native speaking kids! 9/30/2006

This school has a vast range of programs but I have been sending my son to the pre-school for over a year now and can not stop raving about it! I am a huge advocate for teaching children foreign languages at a young age (when they actually retain it). I wanted my son to learn Japanese because I speak it (a little) and I thought it would be fun for the two of us to speak the same foreign language. But he is Caucasian and I didn't want to put him in some of the other Japanese pre-schools because he would really stick out and I was afraid he would be uncomfortable. When I found APLS I was so excited! They specialize in just this. This was the first time I have ever left my son in the care of anyone besides friends and family and it was SO HARD, as any mom can attest to. --Nothing to do with the school itself, just the usual parent separation anxiety. But he has really thrived there and has come to form some really good relationships with his teachers, who are both nurturing and caring as well as great at teaching Japanese and Chinese. My son (now 3 1/2) gets comments everywhere we go about how articulate he is (in English) and how he appears to be much older than he is. I attribute this to APLS for giving him such a rich curriculum. Not only does he learn Japanese, but they also work with him on regular pre-school concepts like counting, writing, drawing etc. He loves his teacher (which I think is invaluable) and now speaks, understands, and even writes a little Japanese. I am so astounded by the progress that he has made that I want to share it with everyone and encourage them to start their children in APLS preschool too! For adults who are interested in learning Chinese or Japanese they provide classes for adults too. For more information check out their website www.apls.org or contact me for more positive feedback!! more
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