Community-Based Heritage Language Schools: A Survey

The Coalition is conducting a national survey to document community-based heritage language schools in the United States. This is the first survey that attempts to reach out to and document this specific set of schools and students. Survey results provide important data about these schools -- their key features, challenges, and accomplishments.

2020 Report on National Survey of Community-Based HL Schools in the United States – This report describes data from the 2020 Annual Conference.

2019 Report on National Survey of Community-Based HL Schools in the United States – This report describes data from the 2019 Annual Conference.

Please ensure that your school is documented! Simply take a few minutes to complete our Heritage Language Programs in the United States Survey.

Map of Community-Based Schools

Here is a map of where the documented schools are located.

Features of Community-Based Schools

Here is the latest information that we have collected about these schools, reported at ACTFL 2018. The 2011 U.S. Census reports that more than 350 languages are spoken in homes in the United States. We have documented 36 languages taught in community-based schools (as of November, 2018). We have a ways to go! Please join us in this effort. Coalition Schools Presentation


National Organizations and Conferences

Here are web pages of the national organizations that many of these schools are associated with, and information about the conferences that they hold.


Association of Bulgarian Schools in America – [link to come soon]


Association of Chinese Schools (ACS) holds its annual conference each May during Memorial Day weekend; locations vary.


 Chinese School Association in the United States (CSAUS) 


National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools (NCACLS) holds its annual conference each August; locations vary. More information is on their website.




Czech Schools in North America holds its annual conference each June; locations vary.


 German Language School Conference holds its Annual Professional Development and Networking Conference each November in New York City.



California Association of Japanese Language Schools (CAJLS) holds its annual workshop each February in Los Angeles, CA. Information about past workshops here.

Japanese as a Heritage Language Special Interest Group (JHL SIG) at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)

 Japanese Program at California State University Long Beach holds a summer institute and workshops for JHL school teachers.




Associação Brasileira de Cultura e Educação (ABRACE) 

Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2018