About Us 关于我们
Founded in 1981, CAIS was the first Chinese English dual language immersion school in the United States. An independent school serving preschool through eighth grade, we are located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco and span across three campuses. The Alice A. Carnes Center on Waller Street houses our Early Childhood Division’s Preschool accommodating three and four-year-olds. It is a 10 minute walk from the main Oak Street campus, which houses kindergarten and first Grade (also part of the Early Childhood Division) as well as the Lower School which comprises second through fifth grade classes. From preschool through fifth grade, CAIS students spend alternating days learning the core subjects of language arts, social studies and math in an immersion setting with native Chinese speaking teachers, and alternating days with English speaking teachers.
Our Middle School program (grades six through eight) enjoys the 888 Campus a few blocks north on Turk Street. In middle school, the key subjects of math and science are only taught in English as we prepare the students for high school.
CAIS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and is a member of the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (IFFSBA), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the San Francisco Athletic League.