One of the hallmark features of the CAIS curriculum is a robust series of international programs in Taiwan and mainland China. Far more than simple tourist trips, these programs offer remarkable immersion experiential learning opportunities, and enable students to engage with Chinese society, cultures, and communities in profound and meaningful ways.
We currently offer a sequence of three international programs: the 5th Grade Taiwan Exchange, 7th Grade Beijing Academy, and 8th Grade Yunnan Adventure. Through these programs, which have been developed specifically by and for CAIS, students apply their language proficiency to function in authentic contexts, develop cross-cultural understanding through active engagement with new people and environments, and build confidence, independence, and responsibility.
“Read ten thousand books travel ten thousand miles”
CAIS expresses the wisdom of this proverb through a focus on experiential learning, connecting studies with the rich educational opportunities outside of the classroom. This truth resonated so strongly with Head of School Jeff Bissell that he had it tattooed on his forearm.