Admission Process

We continue to accept applications to the Two Year Old Classroom.

Grade/Age Eligibility Requirements for 2023-2024 Applicants

  • Preschool: We have a new two-year-old program as well as a mixed age program comprising three- and four-year-olds. For our two-year-old classroom, children must be 2 by August 1, 2022 (for school year 2022-2023) and 2 by August 1, 2023 (for school year 2023-2024). For our 3/4-year-old program children must be three or four years old on or before September 1, 2023. No knowledge of Mandarin is necessary.
  • Kindergarten: Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2023. No knowledge of Mandarin is necessary.
  • 1st-8th Grade: Adequate levels of Mandarin and English are necessary to meet CAIS grade level standards.

Contact the Admission Office at 

STEP 1 – Help Us Get to Know You

Please begin the process by filling out the online inquiry form.

STEP 2 – Get to Know CAIS

CAIS 101 

Please enjoy this video of our CAIS 101 event. The four stories showcase our program from Preschool through to 8th grade and are shared with you as seen through the eyes of a student’s experience. We have The “Shoe Project” story from our full immersion Preschool, the “Kindness Wings” story from 2nd grade Studio Art class, the integrated Chinese and English “Immigration” story from 4th grade and the immersive two week “ChunFUN” story from 7th and 8th grade. We know you will gain a lot of insight into your child’s possible experience at CAIS through viewing these.

We also have Info Session videos covering a range of topics such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Social Emotional learning and our new 19th avenue campus as well as a series of “Classes in Action” videos. Please see our “Get to Know CAIS” page.

Please note we are planning to move the whole school into our new home on 19th Avenue in the 2024-2025 school year.

Please contact for a follow-up conversation should you wish.

STEP 3 – Application

Please inquire here

The application link for the school year 2023-2024 will be available in October. 

If you wish to apply for the school year 2022-2023, please contact the admission office at

Notifications for the 2023-2024 school year admissions will be emailed in March 2023.

  • Preschool Decision Date: Electronic notification Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at noon
  • K-8 Decision Date: Electronic notification Thursday, March 16, 2023 at noon

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CAIS follows the Principles of Good Practice in Admissions of the National Association of Independent Schools. More information about admission to Bay Area independent schools is available at Independent Schools of the Bay Area.