Admission Process

Please note - we continue to accept applications for all grades. Please see below for eligibility requirements by grade.

Grade/Age Eligibility Requirements for 2021-2022 Applicants

  • Preschool: Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021. We have a mixed age Preschool comprising 3 and 4 year olds. No knowledge of Mandarin is necessary.

  • Kindergarten: Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021. 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  


Help Us Get to Know You

Please begin the process by filling out the online inquiry form


Get to Know CAIS 

CAIS 101

This 30 minute CAIS 101 video will bring to life CAIS values and the CAIS experience as seen through the eyes of our students. Teachers and administrators will share true stories of learning in the classroom from Preschool through 8th grade. The four stories include:

  • Preschool - The Supermarket Project
  • Kindergarten - Learning Chinese with no Chinese
  • 3rd Grade -  The Identity Story
  • 8th grade - The Power Project

See Our Campuses

Enjoy the video campus tour of our three campuses.

CAIS Videos

Learn about the people, programs, and places that make CAIS a life changing, world changing education, see the video clips featuring students, teachers, and administrators.

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



Here is the application link. After application, in your confirmation email, you will see a link to sign up for a one-on-one family meeting with Director of Admission, Linda Vann-Adibe. 

Although our application deadline has passed, we are still accepting applications. 

An important piece of information for us is the evaluation form. Here is the link to the recommendation form to be completed by your child’s Preschool (if they attend one) or school. The deadline for this form is February 12, 2021.

Preschool-First Grade Student Evaluation Form 

Second-Eighth Grade Student Evaluation Form 

Seeing your child is an important part of our admissions process. In these unusual circumstances, there will not be the customary playdates on campus. 
  • Preschool: There will be an individual 20 minute zoom playdate with two of our teachers, one English and one Chinese. The dates will be late January and early February.

  • Kindergarten: In response to the continued impact of COVID-19, a number of Bay Area independent schools are changing our approach to Kindergarten Screening this year. In the past, families were required to visit each school in person in order to complete their required kindergarten assessment. For the 2020-21 admissions season, many Bay Area schools, including CAIS, will accept one set of Shared Kindergarten Videos in lieu of the previously required kindergarten visit. Videos can be filmed on a cell phone in the comfort of your home or any other setting. No special preparation, materials, or equipment will be required. Detailed instructions on how to complete this requirement will be communicated after application. 

  • Grades 1-8: There will be individual zoom English and Chinese language assessments. 

Notifications for the 2021-2022 school year admissions will be emailed in March 2021.

  • Preschool: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
  • Kindergarten-Eighth Grade: Thursday, March 18, 2021

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