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

We will again be hosting CAIS 101 events on November 1 (all full now) and December 3, 2019. CAIS 101 is an introduction to the mix of innovative programs and cherished traditions that lead to outstanding outcomes for our students. Hear directly from teachers, students, parents, and administrators who share brief, heartfelt presentations that give insight to the CAIS experience. Sign up using this link: Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Take a Tour

Tours will take place October 2019 - January 2020.

Pre-K Campus Tour

(recommended for Pre-K  families)

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.

Please click here to reserve your spot.


Lower School Tour and Information Session

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

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.

Please click here to reserve your spot

Middle School Tour

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

888 Turk Street  
 9:00-10:15 a.m.

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

Please click here to reserve your spot.



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 and will take place in January and February 2020 for application to the school year 2020-2021.

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.