U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

Confucius Classroom at:

Smithfield High School

Established in 2009, the Confucius Classroom at Smithfield High School was one of the first Confucius Classroom partners with the Confucius Institute at Bryant University. Currently it runs an after-school Chinese language and culture program for students to learn, practice,and get exposure to China. For more information about Smithfield High School, please visit their website.

Daniel Kelley, Smithfield High School
Mr. Daniel Kelley, Director of the Confucius Classroom and
Principal of Smithfield High School

The Confucius Classroom at Smithfield High School is a public educational institute established in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Bryant University and under the sponsorship of Hanban. The Smithfield High School Confucius Classroom is dedicated to creating globally competent students through the understanding of Chinese culture, support for local Chinese language education, and appreciation for intercultural and economic exchange between China and the world.

Vision Statement:
Develop globally competent students through the promotion of Chinese culture and language through coursework, discussion and after school programming

Program Objectives:

  • Understand how the world’s people and institutions are interconnected and know how critical international economic, political, technological, environmental and social systems operate interdependently across nations and regions.
  • Analyze and evaluate global issues from multiple perspectives, gather and synthesize relevant information from around the world, and draw conclusions that consider the impact from various viewpoints.
  • Create a center for the promotion of Chinese language and culture for high school and middle school students as well as the Community of Smithfield.
  • Enhance the diversity of the high school curriculum.

SHS Dragon Mural
Dragon mural painted by students in the Spring 2010 Chinese Culture After-School Program