Founded in 1981, Chinese Linguistic School (CLS) of Phoenix is one of the oldest Chinese schools in the Greater Phoenix area. Since its founding, the school has been instrumental in helping local Chinese-American population preserve and appreciate its Chinese heritage. By providing a network of contacts for its member families, the school has also helped recent immigrants of Chinese origin assimilate into the local community. Conversely, non-Chinese speakers have found the school a great resource in learning a new language.
As the premier Chinese school in Arizona, Chinese Linguistic School of Phoenix takes great pride in its students' academic learning. Despite the limited class hours, most students in the academic program can read, write, and converse in Chinese fluently by eighth grade. The school emphasizes Traditional Chinese, so students are well-prepared for a variety of reading materials, from classical literature to modern newspapers. All teachers in the academic program are native Mandarin speakers so students can learn the proper usage, pronunciation, and the subtle nuances in the Chinese language at all grades.