Admission Process

Grade/Age Eligibility Requirements for 2020-2021 Applicants

  • Pre-Kindergarten: Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020. We have a mixed age Pre-K comprising 3 and 4 year olds.
  • Kindergarten: Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020.

Grades 1-8: Please contact the Admission Office at 415-865-6084. 


Help Us Get to Know You

Please begin the process by filling out the online inquiry form


Get to Know CAIS — Take a Tour

Tours will take place October 2019 - January 2020.

All tours are now fully booked. Please contact to be added to a waitlist. 

Pre-K Campus Tour

(recommended for Pre-K  families)

No remaining tours - please contact

42/52 Waller Street 
 9:00-10:30 a.m.

This tour will introduce our Pre-K program for 3 and 4 year olds and include visits to the classrooms as well as an information session.

Lower & Middle School Tour and Information Session

(recommended for Kindergarten and Lower School families, K-5th grade)

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150 Oak Street 
 8:45-11:00 a.m.

This tour will provide in-class observations of a cross section of Kindergarten through 8th grades and includes a visit to our Middle School campus with an information session.

Middle School Tour

(recommended for Middle School 6th-8th grade families)

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888 Turk Street  
 9:00-10:15 a.m.

This tour and information session will showcase our Middle School program. 



Please start the application here. The application deadline will be Monday, January 13, 2020.

For 2nd -8th grade applicants please see additional information and contact us at 


Apply for Adjusted Tuition

CAIS Adjusted Tuition application process.

Applying for Adjusted Tuition will not impact your child’s application to CAIS.


Parent Meeting

A meeting between applicant parents and the Admissions Director is required as part of the admission process. You will be able to select an interview time after you have submitted an application.


School Evaluation Form

If your child currently attends a preschool, please download and complete this required form after applying. 


Student Visit

Student visits/playdates for both Pre-K and Kindergarten applicants are required. 

Pre-K visit dates: January 30, February 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2020. There will be two sessions each day and these will take place in the morning. Online signups will be sent out after the application deadline on January 13, 2020.

In addition for Pre-K 4 applicants, there will be a 15 minute one-on-one meeting with your child which will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. We will also be sending out signups for this after the application deadline.

Kindergarten visit date:  Saturday February 1, 2020. There will be two sessions available in the morning. Online signups will be sent out after the application deadline on January 13, 2020

Notifications for the 2020-2021 school year admissions will be emailed in March 2020.

  • Pre-Kindergarten: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Kindergarten-Eighth Grade: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Questions? Please contact us via, or by phone at 415-865-6084 or 415-865-6085.