Fall Enrichment 2020

We are pleased to continue offering a wide range of fun and educational enrichment classes in our after school enrichment program. All of the courses are taught by talented and experienced instructors. Each course is designed to help students develop a love for learning and explore new and different experiences. We are confident that you will find an enrichment class that is of interest to your child. 

Please note the following dates:

  1. Registration begins on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. – online only
  2. Most classes begin the week of Monday, August 31, 2020 unless stated in the description.
  3. All enrichment classes will be held via Zoom. Please ensure that Ultra Camp has your most up to date information. We will be sending invitations and zoom information to those emails.
  4. In the event that a class meeting is cancelled, classes will be made up after the last official class.

REGISTRATION

HOW TO REGISTER

  1. Please look through the course descriptions below and related details carefully.
  2. Online registration began on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.
  3. Registration will be assigned based upon the online registration time.

Please register at Ultracamp as soon as possible once it opens. A minimum of eight students is required for a class to be held. In the past, some classes had to be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment resulting from a lack of timely registration. Also, please be aware that many of our more popular classes fill up quickly.

POLICIES

CLASS CONFIRMATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS
If you are able to register for a class, your registration is confirmed. If you are placed on a waiting list, you will be notified if your child is admitted to a class.  

REFUND Policy
There will be no refunds or changes once you have registered for a class.

PROCEDURES

VIRTUAL ENRICHMENT CLASSES 
All enrichment classes will be held virtually via Zoom. Once the enrichment class is confirmed to run, we will send a google calendar invitation with the class zoom information.

ENRICHMENT CLASSES FOR STUDENTS IN AFTER CARE 

When school is safe to reopen, students in after care will remain in their cohort classroom and login to their virtual enrichment classes. 

CLASSES WILL NOT BE HELD ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

  • September 7: Labor Day
  • October 8 - 9: In-Service Days
  • October 12: Indigenous People’s Day
  • November 5 - 6: LS P/T Conference (PD at ECD)
  • November 20: Early Dismissal
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 18: Early Dismissal
  • December 21 - January 1: Winter Break

Preschool Enrichment Class Schedule

No Enrichment Program for Preschool at the moment.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

         

Lower School Enrichment Class Schedule

All lower school enrichment classes are held virtually via Zoom.
Classes listed in gold boxes below are taught in Chinese.  

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

::CANCELLED::
Intro to Chinese Music Instrument
(1st - 3rd)
5:00 - 6:00

8/31 - 12/14

 Chinese Folk Dance

(K only) 4:00 - 5:00 


(3rd - 4th) 5:00 - 6:00

9/1 - 2/9

 Chinese Folk Dance

(1st - 2nd) 4:00 - 5:00 


 (5th - 8th) 5:00 - 6:00

9/2 - 2/10

 Inspirational Artists Exploration

(1st - 3rd)
4:00 - 5:00

9/10 - 12/17

 Easy Engineering for Kids

(K - 3rd)
4:00 - 4:45

9/4 - 12/11

 Easy Engineering for Kids

(K - 3rd)
4:00 - 4:45

8/31/ - 12/14

 Sensational Science

(K - 2nd)
4:00 - 5:00

9/1 - 12/15

::CANCELLED::
  Youth Chinese
Music Ensemble

(2nd - 3rd)
4:00 - 5:00
9/2 - 12/16

Writing Workshop: Robots, Rogues & Rocket Launches

(4th - 5th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/3 - 12/10

US-China Language Partners Speech Workshop

(5th - 8th)
5:00 - 6:00

9/4 - 12/11

 Comic & Basic Animation Workshop

(1st - 3rd)
4:40 - 5:40

8/31 - 12/14

  Comic & Basic Animation Workshop

(4th - 5th)
4:30 - 5:30

9/1 - 12/15

 5th & 6th Grade 
Chinese Music Esmb.

(5th Grade)
5:00 - 6:00

9/2 - 12/16

 Design Lab

(3rd - 7th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/10 - 12/17

::CANCELLED::
Playball Sports & Movement

(K - 1st)
4:30 - 5:15
9/4 - 12/11

 Elementary
Speech & Debate

(4th - 5th)
4:00 - 6:00

8/31 - 12/14

4th Grade Chinese Music Ensemble

(4th Grade)
4:00 - 5:00

9/1 - 12/15

 Girls on the Run

(3rd - 5th)
4:00 - 4:45

9/2 - 12/16

 Math Olympiad

(5th only)
4:00 - 5:00

9/3 - 12/17

 

Cardboard: Code

(3rd - 7th)
4:00- 5:00

9/14 - 12/14

Math Olympiad

(2nd - 4th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/1 - 12/8

::CANCELLED::
 Chinese Language and Adventure

(4th - 5th)
4:00 - 5:00
9/2 - 12/9

 

 

Chinese Language and Adventure

(1st - 3rd)
4:00 - 5:00

8/31 - 12/14

 

::CANCELLED::
 Sprouts Cooking Club

(1st - 8th)
4:00- 6:00

Class begin in October

   
   

Playball Sports & Movement

(K - 1st)
4:30 - 5:15

9/2 - 12/16

   

Monthly Classes by Dragonfly Designs

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 Jewelry: Beading 101

(3rd - 8th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/14 - 10/12

 Sewing: A Toy Story

(3rd - 8th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/29 - 10/27

Jewelry: Beading 101

(3rd - 8th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/30 - 10/28

 Jewelry: Color Blocking

(3rd - 8th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/24 - 10/22

 Jewelry: Need 4 Bead Bracelets

(3rd - 8th)
3:30 - 4:30

10/2 - 10/30

Art: Treasure Hunt

(1st - 5th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/21 - 10/19

 Cartooning: Winter Wonderland

(3rd - 7th)
3:30 - 4:30

9/15 - 10/13 

Art: Passport to the World

(K - 4th)
3:30 - 4:30

9/30 - 10/28

   
   

 

   

Middle School Enrichment Class Schedule

All middle school enrichment classes are held virtually via Zoom.
Classes listed in gold boxes below are taught in Chinese.  

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cardboard: Code


(3rd - 7th)
4:00- 5:00

9/14 - 12/14

Intermediate MATHCounts

(6th - 7th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/1 - 12/15

Advanced MATHCounts

(7th - 8th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/2 - 12/16

Design Lab


(3rd - 7th)
4:00 - 5:00

9/10 - 12/16

 Comic & Basic Animation Workshop

(6th - 8th)
4:00 - 5:00


9/4 - 12/11

::CANCELLED::
 
Math Olympiad

(6th - 8th)
4:00 - 5:00

8/31 - 12/14

Intermediate Chinese Music Ensemble

(7th Grade)
5:00 - 6:00

9/1 - 12/15

Middle School
Speech & Debate

(6th - 8th)
4:15 - 6:15

9/2 - 12/16

 

 US-China Language Partners Speech Workshop

(5th - 8th)
5:00 - 6:00

9/4 - 12/11

   

::CANCELLED::
 Sprouts Cooking Club

(1st - 8th)
4:00- 6:00

Class begin in October

   

ENRICHMENT CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

PERFORMING ARTS

CREATIVE ARTS

CREATIVE WRITING

MATH and SCIENCE

OTHER INTERESTS

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

CAIS Auxiliary Program partners with select vendors to offer private music instruction opportunities for the school year. These offerings are arranged outside of the standard Enrichment Course sign up process. After reviewing the offerings below, email Auxiliary Program Director Kevin Lee with your preferred day, time, and instructor to register.

Please note the following:

  • Continuing students have priority to register
  • Lessons are for the entire school year, there is no need to register in the Spring
  • Billing will be broken into two parts.
  • Lessons missed by a student will not be credited.
  • Lesson missed by an instructor will be made up.
  • Two-weeks notice is needed to stop lessons.

Private Music Lessons
Private Chinese Instrument Lessons 中文
Piano Lessons
Individual Keyboard/Piano/Voice Lessons

PERFORMING ARTS 

 

APA1.  Introduction to Chinese Music Instruments

Find a new interest in Chinese music instruments (Guzheng, Yangqin, or Yueqin) and learn the basic techniques through playing songs. No experience needed. [All lessons conducted in Chinese]

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China
Time/Days: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m./ Monday
Class Fee: $450
Grades: 1st - 3rd Grade, Max. 6 participants
Dates: (13 classes) Aug. 31; Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14.



APA2. 4th Grade Chinese Music Ensemble

For students with one year of experience playing Chinese instruments and who are taking at least one private lesson a week. Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China
Time/Day: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./ Tuesday
Class Fee: $490
Grades: 4th Grade, Max 6 participants
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15.



APA3. 5th Grade Chinese Music Ensemble

For students with one year of experience playing Chinese instruments and who are taking at least one private lesson a week. Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

 

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China
Time/Days: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m./ Wednesday
Class Fee: $525
Grades: 5th Grade, Max. 6 participants
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

APA4. Youth Chinese Music Ensemble

For students with two years of experience playing Chinese instruments and who are taking at least one private lesson a week. Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com
[All lessons conducted in Chinese]


Instructor:
Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./ Wednesday
Class Fee: $525
Grades: 2nd - 3rd Grade, Max. 6 participants
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

 

APA5. Intermediate Chinese Music Ensemble

For students with four years of experience playing Chinese instruments and are continuing with private lessons. Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com[All lessons conducted in Chinese]


Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China
Time/Days: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m./ Tuesday
Class Fee: $490
Grades: 7th Grade, Max. 6 participants
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15.



APA6 - A/B/C/D. Chinese Folk Dance 中文

CAIS after school enrichment program offers Chinese dance classes to students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. This dance class will provide students with a curriculum that features training in authentic ethnic and folk dances. Students will work on their flexibility, dance fundamentals, and the basics of bearing and form. This class will perform in Mass Greeting. [All lessons conducted in Chinese]


APA6-A. [K only]

Instructor: Fan Yang
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Tuesday
Class Fee: $700
Dates: (20 classes) Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15; Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9. 

 

APA6-B. [3rd - 4th Grade]

Instructor: Fan Yang
Time/Days: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Tuesday
Class Fee: $700
Dates: (20 classes) Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15; Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9. 

 

APA6-C. [1st - 2nd Grade]

Instructor: Fan Yang
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./ Wednesday
Class Fee: $735
Dates: (21 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10.

 

APA6-D. [5th - 8th Grade]

Instructor: Fan Yang
Time/Days: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m./ Wednesday
Class Fee: $735
Dates: (21 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10.



  

CREATIVE ARTS

ACA1. Inspirational Artists Exploration

Drawing inspiration from some of the world’s most famous artists and inventors, our Inspirational Artists Exploration series navigates the work and stories inspired by some of the greatest storytellers in art and history. Learning about each artist’s story in every session, we will apply inspiration from their lives to explore your student’s journey

through easy-to-follow, hands-on projects that unleash your little artist’s creativity and awaken their growth. We will explore techniques based on Picasso’s abstract and surrealism work, and explore cultural immersion using portraiture, Mexican folk art, and explore fantasy and reality through our Little Frida Craft Lounge. Then students will learn about invention and process in our inventor lab program while learning from three famous inventors to inspire artists’ engineering and product development. Students will be instilled with an engineering-based thought process to help them learn to think critically and outside of the box to create and focus on building real life inventions that excite and dazzle the mind.

Creative Explorer Activity Box will be provided with all tools and materials for each project. 
Cost: $50

Instructor: Maker Studio SF
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. /Thursday
Class Fee: $280 + Activity Box $50
Grades: 1st - 3rd Grade, Min. 4 / Max 8 participants
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17.



ACA2. Design Lab 

Welcome to Design Lab—our making building and sewing course! Transcend into a world of color, texture, and imagination through our science and design program where you will utilize material sciences and craftsmanship techniques to create unique usable crafts, such as a working clock that embodies your artists’ expression. In our design lab programs we will explore three subjects: fiber arts, weaving , and then move into our studio arts program. Students will journey through the exploration of new mediums like printmaking, piñatas and simple sewn leather accessories. With an engineer’s perspective and focus on design , students build confidence in STEM with hands-on projects and activities for curious and inquisitive minds. This is an introductory course with skill-building activity and projects focused on a scaffolding approach to apply sewing and design techniques to further expand your skills in new ways. This is a well rounded, hands-on course to unleash your artistic vision.

Activity box includes all tool and materials: Choose from our themed boxes:

Activity Box:

  • Beginner: Under the Sea Themed Box
  • Intermediate: Garden Party Themed Box
  • Beginner/Intermediate: Galaxy Them Box

Instructor: Maker Studio SF
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. /Thursday
Class Fee: $300 + Activity Box $50
Grades: 3rd - 7th Grade, Min. 4 / Max 8 participants
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17.



ACA3. Cardboard: Code

Enter the world of cardboard, where you will walk away a confident design engineer to structurally engineer and build anything you want. Cardboard: Code is a hands-on building course where we will explore design and physics through structural engineering concepts and design processes. We will deep dive into product design concepts to create cardboard fidget spinners, catapults, operational ferris wheels, and more! Not only that, but you will learn the physics concepts behind these creations that also apply to everyday life.

This class is a medieval–modern approach to cardboard, so get ready to blend ancient crafting techniques with modern technology, such as embedding a micro-controller into our designs to make them functionable! This class also serves as a beginner-level coding class, so you can use code to spice up these cardboard projects with a modern touch.

Activity box will include tools, materials, and components for each project.

Instructor: Maker Studio SF
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. /Monday
Class Fee: $335 + Activity Box $60
Grades: 3rd - 7th Grade, Min. 4 / Max 8 participants
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14.



ACA4. Sewing | A Toy Story

It’s snuggle time and we’re making stuffies! A huge hit in every textiles program that we teach, these cuddly stuffies will be a much loved addition to a student’s toy collection. We’ll also learn some sturdy stitches while making bean bags for even more fun! 

This camp utilizes hand sewing; no sewing machine required.

Projects: Bean Bags | Stuffies

Please purchase material kit through the Dragonfly Designs website via this link: https://www.dragonflyfun.com/product/textiles-kit/


Instructor:
Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. /Tuesday
Class Fee: $125 + Material Kit $30
Grades: 3rd - 8th Grade
Dates: (5 classes) Sept. 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27.



ACA5. Jewelry | Beading 101

Ready to take your first step on your jewelry making journey? In this beginner beading class, get to know the tools of the trade, and all the techniques you need to know to start creating unique, dazzling beaded jewelry from scratch! Students will gain the knowledge and skill to create their own jewelry pieces. This class is a prerequisite for all other jewelry making courses.

Projects: 

  • Single Strand Bracelet
  • Wrap Bracelet/Necklace
  • Earrings from Beading Wire
  • Double Strand Bracelet
  • Criss Cross Bracelet

Please purchase material kit through the Dragonfly Designs website via this link: https://www.dragonflyfun.com/product/virtual-jewelry-making-kit/

 

Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125 + Material Kit $30
Grades: 3rd - 8th Grade (Ages 5-7 can join supervised by someone 16 or older)
Dates: (5 classes) Monday: Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12. Or Wednesday: Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28.



ACA6. Jewelry | Color Blocking

Rainbows have all grown up! Color blocking is probably one of the most fun trends we have seen around recently, and we think it’s here to stay. Vibrant colors meeting together in dazzling harmony? Yes, please! This beading class will explore the world of color in a trendy, modern setting, and students will create an eye-catching collection of jewelry! 

Important - Beading Basics is a prerequisite for this class.

Projects: 

  • Two Strand Choker
  • Double Strand Button Bracelet
  • Silk Thread Dangle Earrings
  • Color Blocking with Coils

Please purchase material kit through the Dragonfly Designs website via this link: https://www.dragonflyfun.com/product/virtual-jewelry-making-kit/

 

Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./Thursday
Class Fee: $125 + Material Kit $30
Grades: 3rd - 8th Grade (Ages 5-7 can join supervised by someone 16 or older)
Dates: (5 classes) Sept.24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22.



ACA7. Jewelry | Need 4 Beads Bracelets

Bead ’em, love ’em, stack ’em! Bracelets are one of our all-time favorite accessories to make, and we’re so excited to bring all campers a wide variety of designs! Learn how to design patterns that make your jewelry pop as well as how to work with multiple strands of beading wire and different beads to achieve eye catching shapes and textures.

Important - Beading Basics is a prerequisite for this class.

Projects: 

  • Berry Bracelet
  • Criss-Cross Bracelet
  • 3 Strand Ombre Bracelet
  • Butterfly Bracelet
  • Alternating Pearl Bracelet

Please purchase material kit through the Dragonfly Designs website via this link: https://www.dragonflyfun.com/product/virtual-jewelry-making-kit/


Instructor:
Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. /Friday
Class Fee: $125 + Material Kit $30
Grades: 3rd - 8th Grade (Ages 5-7 can join supervised by someone 16 or older)
Dates: (5 classes) Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 



ACA8. Art | Treasure Hunt

AARGH! Come aboard and create projects that will help you explore the Seven Seas! We will be creating a ship that actually floats, a map that will be painted and drawn to show the location of buried treasure and as well as some small seafarers to take on your travels! 

X marks the spot! Let’s conquer the sea. 

Projects may include:

  • Treasure Map
  • Cork Pirate Ship 
  • Pirates & Mermaids

Please purchase material kit through the Dragonfly Designs website via this link: https://www.dragonflyfun.com/product/virtual-art-painting-kit/


Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./Monday
Class Fee: $125 + Material Kit $30
Grades: 1st - 5th Grade 
Dates: (5 classes) Sept. 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19.



ACA9. Art | Passport to the World

See the most amazing parts of the world all in one class! Visit the polar bears of Alaska, the majestic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park, the spectacular African savannah, the rainforests of Brazil, and the sandy beaches of Central America.

Projects:

  • Waterfall Landscape
  • Polar Bear
  • Toucan
  • Elephants & more

Please purchase material kit through the Dragonfly Designs website via this link: https://www.dragonflyfun.com/product/virtual-art-painting-kit/


Instructor:
Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m./Wednesday
Class Fee: $125 + Material Kit $30
Grades: K - 4th Grade 
Dates: (5 classes) Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28.



ACA10. Cartooning | Winter Wonderland

We’ll put on our parkas and travel to a winter wonderland. Learn to create the creatures who find comfort in the frozen tundra like the polar bear and penguin. Students may even catch a glimpse of the abominable snowman or the Ice Queen!

Cool off with this chilly cartooning class.

Projects:

  • Snow Animals 
  • Frozen Figures 


Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m./Tuesday
Class Fee: $125 
Grades: 3rd - 7th Grade 
Dates: (5 classes) Sept. 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13. 

 

 

MATH AND SCIENCE

AMS1 - Senational Science 

Sensational Science expands students’ knowledge of the world around them with foundational scientific concepts as their lens. Curious scientists will learn a range of science fields from biology, chemistry, and physics, and make connections to their daily lives and activities. Students will work hands-on projects and experiments on these subjects for 4-5 weeks each.


Instructor: STEMful, Amy Granados or Ashley Lopez
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./ Tuesday
Class Fee: $295, Max. 10 participants
Grades: K - 2nd Grade
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15.



AMS2 -A/B. Easy Engineering for Kids

Fun experiments and challenges introduce kids to basic science and engineering concepts like acid and base reactions, color mixing, melting and freezing, buoyancy, density, viscosity, corrosion, magnetism, structural design, force and motion, aerodynamics, energy transfer, pulleys and levers, and many other topics.  It’s a hands-on blast!  Early exposure to scientific thinking including hypothesis, observation, follow-up questions, and the importance of persistence and teamwork are core drivers of the experience.  See https://www.polykidlabs.org for more information.

 

AMS2 - A. Monday Class

Instructor: Polykids Labs
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m./ Monday
Class Fee: $275, Max. 15 participants
Grades: K - 3rd Grade
Dates: (12 classes) Aug. 31, Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14. [no class 11/2]

 

AMS2 - A. Friday Class

Instructor: Polykids Labs
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m./ Friday
Class Fee: $250, Max. 15 participants
Grades: K - 3rd Grade
Dates: (11 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 13; Dec. 4, 11.




AMS3-A/B/C. Math Olympiad 中文奥数

The International Mathematical Olympiad is a mathematical Olympiad for pre-college students, and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads. The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959. It has since been held annually, except in 1980. More than 100 countries, representing over 90% of the world’s population, send teams of up to six students, plus one team leader, one deputy leader, and observers.

Math Olympiad (Taught in Chinese): Math Olympiad is a class that can increase student’s interest in learning mathematics, develop problem solving math skills, and stimulate creative interest in mathematics. The teacher will introduce important mathematical concepts relevant to each grade level. The teacher will also introduce problem-solving strategies while guiding students to develop the ability to use mathematics flexibly in solving problems. Math Olympiad also promotes mathematics creativity and innovation, while providing students with gratification, happiness, and stimulation when responding to challenges.

Review what we have learned in the class during Summer 2020, click here:

http://ircsanfrancisco.mikecrm.com/uVUAud7

 

AMS3-A. 2nd - 4th Grade

Instructor: IRC
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m / Tuesday
Class Fee: $480
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8. [no class 10/6 & 12/15]

 

AMS3-B. 5th Grade

Instructor: IRC
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Thursday
Class Fee: $480
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17. [no class 10/1]

 

AMS3-C. 6th - 8th Grade

Instructor: IRC
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Monday
Class Fee: $480
Dates: (12 classes) Aug. 31; Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14. [no class 10/5]



AMS4.Intermediate MATHCounts

The MATHCOUNTS after school enrichment class is celebrating its 24th year at CAIS. MATHCOUNTS is a middle school math competition program focusing on learning advanced math. This year’s program culminates in a city-wide Golden Gate Chapter competition in February 2021 (most likely online due to uncertainties related to COVID-19). Last year’s team placed 6th in the team competition while two team members made it to the final round of 16 top individual competitors.  

MATHCOUNTS competition is open to all middle school students and is not grade specific. Students work on probability, number theory, plane and solid geometry, algebra, and proportional reasoning (fractions), among other subjects. Students will be doing a mixture of the following activities in our weekly meetings: practice problems provided by the competition organizer, practice Problem of the Week from MATHCOUNTS website, review concepts related to practice problems, and go over strategies for problem solving. Homework will be assigned weekly. And lastly, please consider purchasing a scientific calculator for your child. It doesn’t have to be fancy: Casio FX-300MS (<$10) or Casio fx-115ES (<$20) from Amazon will both work well. Part of the competition allows calculators.

The Intermediate class will focus on the fundamentals of main topics such as algebra, geometry, and probabilities. This class will be open to 6th and 7th grade students.

Instructor: Rong Pan
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Tuesday
Grades: 6th - 7th, Max. 15 participants
Class Fee: $480
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15.



AMS5.Advanced MATHCounts

The MATHCOUNTS after school enrichment class is celebrating its 24th year at CAIS. MATHCOUNTS is a middle school math competition program focusing on learning advanced math. This year’s program culminates in a city-wide Golden Gate Chapter competition in February 2021 (most likely online due to uncertainties related to COVID-19). Last year’s team placed 6th in the team competition while two team members made it to the final round of 16 top individual competitors. 

MATHCOUNTS competition is open to all middle school students and is not grade specific. Students work on probability, number theory, plane and solid geometry, algebra, and proportional reasoning (fractions), among other subjects. Students will be doing a mixture of the following activities in our weekly meetings: practice problems provided by the competition organizer, practice Problem of the Week from MATHCOUNTS website, review concepts related to practice problems, and go over strategies for problem solving. Homework will be assigned weekly. And lastly, please consider purchasing a scientific calculator for your child. It doesn’t have to be fancy: Casio FX-300MS (<$10) or Casio fx-115ES (<$20) from Amazon will both work well. Part of the competition allows calculators.

The Advanced class will continue to build on what students have learned from last year and practice more challenging problems. This class will be open to previous 7th grade students as well as 8th grade students. First time students please contact the instructor before signing up for the Advanced class. Advanced class students should also be available for the competition in February 2021.

Please also note that since this class is designed to prepare students for the competition, students should be willing to work hard and stay focused for the duration of the class. 


Instructor: Rong Pan
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Wednesdays
Grades: 7th - 8th Grade, Max. 15 participants
Class Fee: $520
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING

ACW1. Robots, Rogues & Rocket Launches: A Zoom Story Writing Workshop

Year 3522. Planet Earth. Robots can do anything from cooking gourmet meals to performing heart surgery. We now travel to Mars and Venus to visit our cousins for the summer and astronauts explore galaxies beyond the Milky Way. What other wild and unexpected discoveries have we made? Do we communicate with aliens? Have we reversed global warming with technology developed on International Space Stations? Join us in our new writing workshop to imagine a future full of surprising adventures in outer space. We’ll play interactive games and share creative prompts to inspire curiosity and ideas. Students will be encouraged to research and use real scientific facts in their own stories.

Our course will walk through all steps of the writing process: generating first ideas, writing new scenes, organizing, integrating details, revising for clarity and logic, and editing towards a final draft. Each student will be invited to present a reading on the last day of class.

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, independent research papers, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta holds a B.A. from Cal State Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 680 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published eight anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, Piercing the Unknown, Colorful Characters, and Hues of Hubris. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently developing online courses for a wider audience.

 

Instructor:Royd Hatta & Shu-Hsien Ho, Beyond the Box Learning
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Thursday
Class Fee: $535
Grades: 4th - 5th Grade, Min. 6/Max. 12 participants
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10.



ACW2 - A/B/C. Shuchi’s Online Comic and Basic Animation Workshops

Explore the world of your favorite animated character as you go on an adventure with them in your fantasy world through storyboards and narratives. Design and discover their universe, take us on a unique adventurous journey through comics, flipbooks, zoetropes and basic animation skills. Make your first mini-comic series, your first gag cartoon strips, web comics, and more online! 

Comic and basic animation fall classes through Zoom will focus on engaging each students’ creativity individually but also emphasizing activities that are done collaboratively as a class. Each session will be one hour. Each session will open up with a 5-10 minute ice-breaker activity, where students are required to draw still forms from their surroundings with dialogues or character expressions. This allows the class to know how their fellow students are doing and how to be supportive towards their peer group. This activity also sets pace for the main topic of the session, which lasts for 20-30 minutes. 

The main themes in this class range from understanding and drawing basic comic elements to character design and personalities, character facial expressions, gestures, the use of emanata lines, sound effects, dialogues and thought bubbles, self-made flip books, basics of animation, to web publishing formats for comics online (The themes are appropriated to class age and size). The next 20 minutes of the lesson are devoted to working as a group or in teams, depending on the topic of the lesson. For example in a character design lesson, one student designs the character, the other members of the group will design a costume and so on. This encourages class participation and student appreciation for each other’s effort. The last 5-10 minutes of the class are for questions that students may have or an overall class critique on the work done by the students. The critiquing is always constructive and designed to make the students realize their own potential as artists and storytellers. 

Parents and guardians at home can monitor the progress of the student as we proceed through different levels of the comics class. I encourage students to use a positive tone in their comics as I help them with their dialogues in the lesson and request that parents and guardians follow the same. The class emphasis is on every story being told, heard, and respected. Students learn to appreciate and inspire each other through their diverse art styles and storytelling techniques. I hope that we can continue to achieve the same goals and values as we take our class platform online this fall. 

Note for the Parents:

As a parent, I understand you may have concerns regarding the time your child is spending looking at the screen. As an instructor, I want to assure you that in the workshops, students will be looking at the screen no longer than 15-20 minutes—only when the instructions are being given or when they are giving or taking feedback from their peer group. I know these are strange times, and I will try my best to maximize their drawing time vs. screen time.

 

A. Shuchi’s Online Comic and Basic Animation Workshop [1st - 3rd]

Instructor:Shuchita Mishra
Times/Days: 4:40 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. / Monday
Class Fee: $450
Grades: 1st - 3rd Grade, Max. 15 participants
Dates: (13 classes) Aug. 31, Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14.

 

B. Shuchi’s Online Comic and Basic Animation Workshop [4th - 5th]

Instructor:Shuchita Mishra
Times/Days: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. / Tuesday
Class Fee: $485
Grades: 4th - 5th Grade, Max. 15 participants
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 8, 15.

 

C. Shuchi’s Online Comic and Basic Animation Workshop [6th - 8th]

Instructor:Shuchita Mishra
Times/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Friday
Class Fee: $350
Grades: 6th - 8th Grade, Max. 15 participants
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30; Dec. 4, 11.

 

   

OTHER INTERESTS

AOI1. Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is one of only three programs recognized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a top social-emotional learning (SEL) experience for kids. Trained coaches will guide a small team of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls to build supportive connections that help them motivate each other to set and achieve big goals, both on and off the track. Each practice consists of a social-emotional lesson, movement games, and a running workout, all from the nationally-recognized Girls on the Run curriculum. Emotional intelligence is the building block of next-generation leadership, and Girls on the Run develops these critical skills; including confidence, motivation, self-awareness, growth mindset, social connection, and empathy. 

Instructors:Girls on the Run - Natalie Langsdorf
Class Fee:$360
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. / Wednesday
Grades: 3rd - 5th Grade, Max. 12 participants
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16.



AOI2 - A/B. Playball Sports & Movement Class

Playball is an educationally based movement program, which uses sports and movement as a means to teach important life skills. We teach the basic skills for six different sports including tennis, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and volleyball. All of our activities are non-competitive and taught in a warm, friendly, and positive environment. Playball is a unique opportunity for the child to gain confidence both socially and emotionally through being active.

In the Playball Online course, students will learn the basic skills from six different sports using their bodies, shadow drills, and some simple equipment easily found at home or school. We have had many families enjoy Playball in the online format during the past several months. Our course is taught using a highly structured curriculum which was developed by sports psychologists, teachers, and occupational therapists. Each week the children will learn and practice skills such as kicking, dribbling, throwing, catching, fielding, and dodging, which are taught using fun and imaginative games. The Playball curriculum is progressive in nature, and as the child develops, the curriculum builds upon the foundational stage and eventually moves into skill sequencing and mini games.

 

AOI2-A. Wednesday

Instructors:Playball Kids - Coach Steve or Coach Jenn 
Class Fee:$225
Grades: K - 1st
Time/Days: 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

AOI2-B. Friday

Instructors:Playball Kids - Coach Steve or Coach Jenn 
Class Fee:$165
Grades: K - 1st
Time/Days: 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Dates: (11 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 13; Dec. 4, 11.



AOI3.US-China Language Partners Speech Workshop (Chinese/English class) 国际语伴课

Is your child looking to become an amazing dual language learner? Your child’s participation in this group with students studying English in China can become the perfect duo in helping each other grow. This opportunity will allow your dual language learner to experience sharing opinions and growth with your Chinese language partners, share your favorite idols, the most attractive cities in various countries, discuss your views on stereotypes, and build future leaders. This is not only an authentic language learning experience for students, but also the beginning of a relationship with a foreign partner who can continue to communicate and exchange opinions in the language.

Review what we have learned in the class during Summer 2020, click here:

https://padlet.com/IRCSF/iemb2kv5ywgdwo2u

https://padlet.com/ircsf/co7gd6hqe6rsii91

 

Instructors:IRC
Class Fee:$350
Time/Days: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Friday
Grades: 5th - 8th Grade
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 16, 23, 30; Nov. 13; Dec. 4, 11. [no class 10/2]



AOI4 - A/B.Chinese Language and Adventure 中国语言与文化探索

Language is the bridge of culture. Language learning is cultural exploration and integration. Through our Chinese Culture Adventure class, students will learn to appreciate the development of Chinese culture from ancient times to the present day. Themes covered are: simple poetry, animals, food culture, ancient Chinese civilization, contemporary architecture, and the difference in celebrations of festivals between Northern and Southern China. The Chinese Culture Class not only allows students to improve their Chinese language level, but teachers will also lead discussions about Chinese culture with students, watch videos, and make handcrafts related to the subject to bring together all of the different activities. This will be a journey of Chinese culture exploration that children will look forward to.

Review what we have learned in the class during Summer 2020, click here:

https://padlet.com/ircsf/dbsnqex7dapbdjsk

 

AOI4-A. 1st - 3rd Grade

Instructors:IRC
Class Fee:$360
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Monday
Dates: (12 classes) Aug. 31; Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14. [no class 10/5]

 

AOI4-B. 4th - 5th Grade

Instructors:IRC
Class Fee:$360
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Wednesday
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23; Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9. [no class 9/30 & 10/7]



AOI5.Sprouts Cooking Club

Sprouts Cooking Club is teaming up with award-winning Bay Area chefs to bring online cooking classes directly to your home. Your student will interact live with a Sprouts’ guest chef as they cook up a tasty dish! At the end of the class, your aspiring chef will be ready to proudly call out, “Dinner’s served!” to the family.

  • 6-14 year-olds are welcome to participate!
  • All menus will have vegetarian and gluten-free substitutes.
  • Ingredient and equipment lists will be issued 5 days before the class!

Line up of chefs will be announced in September, class will begin in October. 

 

Instructors: Sprouts Cooking Club
Class Fee:$45 per class
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Wednesday
Dates: TBD



AOI6.Elementary Speech & Debate 

Topics Students Will Learn About: public speaking, oratory, how to make sound arguments, logic and critical thinking, technical writing, “claim, data, warrant, impact,” intro to Lincoln-Douglas debate, spar debate, parliamentary debate, congressional debate, impromptu speaking, the Constitution, verbal static, rhetoric, crystallization, how to use analogies in debate, emotive speaking, philosophy, introduction to middle school debate, and how to prepare for it. 

In-Class Activities, Games, and Exercises Include: SPAR debates, “Constitutional Convention”, “Debate Baseball, emotive speaking drills, impromptu speaking, mini-debate tournaments in class, crystallization drills, “Taboo Verbal Static”, philosophical discussions (for example: Is it okay to ever tell a lie? Is it your duty to give to charity?), “How Loud Can You Get”, “Running for President”, “Problem-Solution” speeches, “Tongue Twister Fun Speaking Exercise”, “Storytelling Games”, “Making a Commercial”

Students will also have the opportunity to attend various Elementary-level speech and debate tournament competitions (online)—completely optional.

ABOUT ATHENS DEBATE:

The debate program at CAIS is managed through Athens Debate, a program led by Sachin Jain. Athens Debate won the California State Championship for debate in 2020! Sachin has 16 years of experience competing and coaching Speech and Debate. His students have achieved great success at the local, state, and national levels. He completed his undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley and his Masters of Public Policy from the top ranked policy school in the country, UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Sachin has taught undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, debate at Stanford University, and at various debate academies in the Bay Area. Most notably, Sachin uses his experience in Speech and Debate to find success in the real world. He has worked in political and policy capacities at the United States Senate, White House, San Jose City Council, the Governor of California, President of the UC System, and the Mayor of San Jose. ​He enjoys teaching students how to make debate come alive for them and be applicable to their future pursuits. Debate changed his life, and he hopes to do the same for all of his students. For a full description of the program you can visit athensdebate.com. 

 

APPROACH

Debate has the power to be transformative. With the right approach, debate can become a vehicle that channels natural curiosity towards some of life’s most challenging subjects and vexing questions. This debate program is designed to augment natural student curiosity with curriculum and an educational pedagogy that prioritizes deep learning and content mastery. In placing a premium on the mastery of logic, writing, philosophy, communication, and public policy, students develop the intellectual toolkit to tackle any issue. 

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE BEGINNER CLASS?

This class is for 4th and 5th grade students who want to dip their toes into the exciting world of speech and debate. 

RESULTS

The debate program offered by Athens Debate has been tremendously successful. Just this past year, students from the Athens Debate program won the California State Championship and got 2nd Place at Nationals. 

WHY DEBATE?

Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels. Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally. Debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently. That comfort speaking in front of others is useful in so many areas of life, from interviews to school presentations to discussions in college seminars. In having to master an issue from both sides, debaters learn to flex their analytical muscles, gain tolerance for competing viewpoints, and understand the intricacies of a world filled with nuance. According to Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education, debate is “uniquely suited” to build skills required of a modern citizen, including critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. These skills help students express their thoughts better in their academic work, in the community, at your dinner table, in college, and in their future careers. The College Board recently revamped the SAT test to focus more on exactly the sorts of skills debate teaches. As the New York Times explained, students taking the new version of the test must write “a critical response to a specific argument” based on analysis rather than personal experience. Debaters are used to responding to unfamiliar arguments in time-sensitive situations; thinking critically about a written passage on the SAT is not so different from responding to an opponent’s argument in a debate round. Studies have found that debaters outscore non-debaters on every section of the ACT. Studies across the country have found that high school debate improves reading ability, grades, school attendance, self-esteem, and interest in school. For those who commit to speech and debate, it offers a lifetime of benefits. Forbes published an article titled “How to Find the Millennials Who Will Lead Your Company,” suggesting that the leaders of the future are ex-debaters. As that article notes, debate teaches “how to persuade, how to present clearly, and how to connect with an audience,” exactly the skills businesses look for in their young employees. You’ll find ex-debaters in every area of public life, from Bruce Springsteen to Oprah Winfrey to Nelson Mandela. 60% of Congressional representatives participated in debate, as well as at least a third of the Supreme Court. There are ex-debaters excelling in business, law, politics, academia, and many other fields. 

Perhaps most important of all, debate is fun! You may have to cajole your son or daughter to go to their test prep class or do their homework, but debate makes learning a game; students build their critical thinking and speaking skills without it ever feeling like work. Debate gives students a rare opportunity to take ownership over their own intellectual development. And throughout the years of practice and competition, debate builds lifelong friendships and community, teaching teamwork as well.

FOR QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions, feel free to email Sachin Jain at sachin@athensdebate.com

 

Instructors:Sachin Jain
Class Fee:$1300
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Monday
Grades: 4th - 5th, Max. 20 participants 
Dates:(13 classes) Aug. 31; Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14.



AOI7. Middle School Speech & Debate

Topics Students Will Learn About: public speaking, Lincoln-Douglas debate (in-depth debates on a single topic), parliamentary debate (debate on a topic after only a short amount of preparation time), congressional debate (debate in a chamber format about various pieces of legislation), impromptu speaking (learn how to give a five minute speech on any topic with only two minutes or preparation), oratory, various speech events, argumentation, technical writing, research, evidence gathering, persuasion techniques, constitutional theory (all 27 amendments), logic, political philosophy (e.g. John Locke’s social contract theory), morality (e.g. Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative) and ethics (e.g. Aristotle), theories of justice (e.g. John Rawls’ veil of ignorance theory), current events, democratic theory (e.g. Robert Dahl’s five criteria for a democracy), issue selection in debate, writing succinctly, how to deliver closing arguments, cross-examination strategies, case preparation, and blocks preparation. 

Classes will focus on preparing students for debate tournament competitions (which are a lot of fun!). A national committee assigns students across the country a topic for Lincoln-Douglas debate. In the Spring, students who choose to compete in Lincoln-Douglas debate will debate two topics: one for Jan/Feb, and one for Mar/Apr/May. The topic for the fall semester was: Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not to consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions. The topics for the Spring semester will be announced by the national committee in December. They include topics like: “States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals”; “The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels”; “Predictive policing is unjust”; for example.. 

In-Class Activities, Include: Lincoln-Douglas debates, congressional debate rounds, SPAR debates, impromptu speaking, case writing, blocks preparation, debate drills practice, e.g. verbal static drills, crystallization drills, rebuttal redo drills, philosophical discussions, and occasional games like: “Debate Baseball”, “Presidential Debates”; “Do I Have a Right?”. 

 

ABOUT ATHENS DEBATE:

The debate program at CAIS is managed through “Athens Debate” - a program led by Sachin Jain. Sachin has 16 years of experience competing and coaching Speech and Debate. His students have achieved great success at the local, state, and national levels. He completed his undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley and his Masters of Public Policy from the top ranked policy school in the country, UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Sachin has taught undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, debate at Stanford University, and at various debate academies in the Bay Area. Most notably, Sachin uses his experience in Speech and Debate to find success in the real world. He has worked in political and policy capacities at the United States Senate, White House, San Jose City Council, the Governor of California, President of the UC System, and the Mayor of San Jose. ​He enjoys teaching students how to make debate come alive for them and be applicable to their future pursuits. Debate changed his life and he hopes to do the same for all of his students. For a full description of the program you can visit athensdebate.com. 

 

APPROACH

Debate has the power to be transformative. With the right approach, debate can become a vehicle that channels natural curiosity towards some of life’s most challenging subjects and vexing questions. This debate program is designed to augment natural student curiosity with curriculum and an educational pedagogy that prioritizes deep learning and content mastery. In placing a premium on the mastery of logic, writing, philosophy, communication, and public policy, students develop the intellectual toolkit to tackle any issue. 

 

RESULTS

The debate program offered by Athens Debate has been tremendously successful. Just this past year, students from the Athens Debate program won the California State Championship and got 2nd Place at Nationals. 

 

WHY DEBATE?

Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels. Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally. Debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently. That comfort speaking in front of others is useful in so many areas of life, from interviews to school presentations to discussions in college seminars. In having to master an issue from both sides, debaters learn to flex their analytical muscles, gain tolerance for competing viewpoints, and understand the intricacies of a world filled with nuance. According to Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education, debate is “uniquely suited” to build skills required of a modern citizen, including critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. These skills help students express their thoughts better in their academic work, in the community, at your dinner table, in college, and in their future careers. The College Board recently revamped the SAT test to focus more on exactly the sorts of skills debate teaches. As the New York Times explained, students taking the new version of the test must write “a critical response to a specific argument” based on analysis rather than personal experience. Debaters are used to responding to unfamiliar arguments in time-sensitive situations; thinking critically about a written passage on the SAT is not so different from responding to an opponent’s argument in a debate round. Studies have found that debaters outscore non-debaters on every section of the ACT. Studies across the country have found that high school debate improves reading ability, grades, school attendance, self-esteem, and interest in school. For those who commit to speech and debate, it offers a lifetime of benefits. Forbes published an article titled “How to Find the Millennials Who Will Lead Your Company,” suggesting that the leaders of the future are ex-debaters. As that article notes, debate teaches “how to persuade, how to present clearly, and how to connect with an audience,” exactly the skills businesses look for in their young employees. You’ll find ex-debaters in every area of public life, from Bruce Springsteen to Oprah Winfrey to Nelson Mandela. 60% of Congressional representatives participated in debate, as well as at least a third of the Supreme Court. There are ex-debaters excelling in business, law, politics, academia, and many other fields. 

Perhaps most important of all, debate is fun! You may have to cajole your son or daughter to go to their test prep class or do their homework, but debate makes learning a game; students build their critical thinking and speaking skills without it ever feeling like work. Debate gives students a rare opportunity to take ownership over their own intellectual development. And throughout the years of practice and competition, debate builds lifelong friendships and community, teaching teamwork as well.

FOR QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions, feel free to email Sachin Jain at sachin@athensdebate.com

 

Instructors:Sachin Jain
Class Fee:$1500
Time/Days: 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. / Wednesday
Grades: 6th - 8th, Max. 20 participants 
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

A) Private Music Lessons

Our private music instructors will be teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of piano, violin, guitar and ukulele.  In each class, your child will learn how to play an instrument, how to read and write music, and will begin or continue to learn about the workings of music theory. Students will be given the proper practice techniques, focusing on the quality of time spent on practice rather than quantity. Teachers will also focus on teaching techniques of physical playing and the enjoyment of music. The goal is to have students appreciate music and make connections from their class to other areas of their lives. Classes are 30 minutes long.

Private Lesson Teachers:

  • Brendan Getzell

Time/Days: 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. each day 
Class Fee: $55 per 30 minute lesson
Grades: Kindergarten and up


Please note that due to the nature of the scheduling, no cancellations will be allowed after student is registered. Tuition will be billed to parent after the first lesson.

 

B) Chinese Instrument Lessons 中文

For students who are interested in learning Chinese musical instruments, such as Guzheng, Yangqin, Moon Guitar, Erhu, and Xiao Ruan.  Students will be able to join our Chinese music ensembles and perform in various school events after one year of private lesson. All lessons conducted in Chinese.

Instrument rentals are available: $90/3 months, Deposit $300 (Refundable deposit upon safe return of instrument).

Private lesson: $80/hr or $45/30min.

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China

Time/Days: Monday to Friday 3pm - 6pm. By Appointment. Please email folkmelody@gmail.com for scheduling.

Age: K - 8th Grade

Please note: due to the nature of the scheduling, no cancellations will be allowed after student is registered. Tuition will be billed to parent after the first lesson.