Community languages schools
NSW Community Languages Schools offer classes in more than 50 different community languages.
Classes are held outside normal school hours, usually at local government schools and families may be asked to pay a small fee to enrol their child. They are open to any school-aged student attending a NSW government, Catholic or independent school. In NSW more than 30,000 students attend every year.
Community languages schools help students learn and use their community language. They are also open to any student who wants to learn a new language.
The NSW Department of Education and Communities provides funding to eligible community languages schools through the NSW Community Languages Schools Program.
Community languages schools are run by hard-working volunteers, including parents and community leaders. They are not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations. There are steps to follow for parents or community leaders who would like to set up a school to teach their community language in their local area.
Around 277 schools receive grants every year through the NSW Community Languages Schools Program. Grants help set up new schools or help communities run their school. There are three types of grants available.