The King’s Academy seeks to provide spiritual growth and academic empowerment for promising students. Our students come from around the globe—an average of 17 countries are represented—and they leave profoundly changed by the welcoming culture that we call “family.”
Supported by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education of China, The King’s Academy, in cooperation with Johnson University of Knoxville, established a Confucius Classroom in April 2010. The King’s Academy’s Confucius Classroom represents a unique relationship among TKA, Johnson University and School No. 47 in Zhenghou, Henan Province, China.
Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms are named after the ancient Chinese philosopher and educator, Confucius (551-478 B.C.). The goals of these programs are (1) to strengthen educational cooperation between China and the United States, (2) promote the development of Chinese language education, and (3) increase mutual understanding and friendship between the young people in China and the United States.
The Confucius Classroom at The King’s Academy and Johnson University is one of the few independent programs not related directly to a Confucius Institute. At present, The King’s Academy’s program offers three Chinese language classes. Chinese I is offered to middle school. Chinese I, II and III and IV are offered to upper school students. Introduction to Chinese is offered select elementary grade levels.
Over the years, TKA has hosted special events such as the Dragon Boat Festival and organizes an annual Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for our high school students. With financial support from Hanban, TKA students participate in this two-week-long educational trip to China each summer.
The King’s Academy was the first school in East Tennessee area to establish a Chinese Confucius Classroom five years ago.With the goal of bringing this opportunity to more young people in the local schools and community, the Classroom has offered Chinese language to Seymour Elementary School students since 2011.