The Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival is a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of intercultural understanding through Dragon Boat racing and the showcasing of Asian culture. Wesley International Academy has competed ten consecutive years in the annual Dragon Boat Race.
The school’s racing team is made up of teachers, parents, and alumni of the K-8 charter school. Out of eighteen competing teams, Wesley won third place in the recreational division. Besides competing extremely, Wesley also demonstrated the most spirit with more than two hundred members of the school community in attendance to cheer on the team.
As a charter school with daily Mandarin Chinese instruction, Wesley values participation in local Chinese cultural events. Wesley students learn to read, write, listen and speak fluently in Mandarin Chinese through curricula tailored for non-native Chinese speakers. Chinese culture is also integrated into the curriculum to foster an international perspective tying in with the school’s International Baccalaureate program.