About 简介

Yu Ying takes its name —meaning nurturing excellence—from a groundbreaking girls’ school founded in 1911 in Beijing, China. Established by a former Imperial Lady-in-Waiting, Madame Tzen-Kuei Wang, the Yu Ying School offered classroom education at a time when the centuries-old tutorial system was still the norm in China. The school was a powerful force for educational change in China.

In providing Chinese language immersion in a structured inquiry-based environment, our founders had a similarly ambitious goal in creating Washington Yu Ying. As parents and educators with a passion for quality public education and Chinese language and culture, our founders established Yu Ying on the belief that all D.C. children have the right to a quality education that opens doors to the future.

Click here to see the DC Public Charter School Board school profile that includes school transparency documents for IDEA.

Consistently ranks as a top tier school for its rigorous academic program.

Our Beliefs

At Yu Ying, we believe that Chinese–spoken by one in five people worldwide–is an important language for American children to learn, especially as U.S. economic and political connections to China become increasingly intertwined. In addition, Yu Ying provides students with global competencies to prepare them for success in the real world.

Our Mission


Inspiring and preparing young people to create a better world by challenging them to reach their full potential in a nurturing Chinese/English educational environment

Our Vision


Creating a strong community of learners who are confident in their ability to read, write and think in Chinese and English languages and have intercultural understanding and respect

Our History

In 2008, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School was founded by a small group of parents dedicated to establishing a world-class Chinese immersion school in the District of Columbia. From our founding, Yu Ying has been the only school of its kind in the D.C. area

As a Yu Ying supporter, you can help ensure that we continue to offer premier children’s education—today, tomorrow and in the future.