About 简介

Dear Friends,

Year after year, Yu Ying continues to achieve high levels of academic and organizational success. A few of our accomplishments include International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status, Confucius Institute’s School of the Year (2015); and DC’s Best Elementary School. And last but not least, for four years in a row, Yu Ying was recognized as a TIER-ONE or HIGH-PERFORMING school by the DC Public Charter School Board. And our assessment results were among the highest in both traditional public schools and public charter schools. We could not be prouder of our achievements.

And while these accolades are important, the smiles that our students arrive with each morning are what matter most to us. From the student who wrote her first mystery novella in Chinese to the fifth grade exhibition on social justice —these are our greatest achievements. This is why we do what we do.

As we have grown, it has become evident to us that Yu Ying really is more than a school. It is a community where our diversity is key to our success, where the sustainability of our community matters, and where our teachers and parents are collaborators. Together we are raising the next generation of culturally fluent and well-rounded global citizens. I’m grateful, personally and professionally, to each and every member of the Yu Ying community for their devotion to all of our Yu Ying students, and for their unwavering support as we’ve grown, changed, and learned—together.


Maquita Alexander
Executive Director

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

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.

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