The CAIS mission provides the vision for our curriculum. We challenge and support our students each day to embrace Chinese, become their best selves and create their place in the world. Authentic contexts for learning language and integrated content make learning experiences both meaningful and memorable.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development (English)
Chinese Program Director中文部主任
CAIS students achieve Chinese proficiency levels that enable them to engage with confidence in interesting and meaningful classroom projects and in real-life situations, while simultaneously developing competencies that extend far beyond language learning.
The Early Childhood Division (ECD)—Preschool through first grade—creates a joyful learning environment that sparks children’s creativity and curiosity while enhancing their language learning. We want children to make connections between the language and the real world, to have fun and build foundational skills for their future success.
Second through fifth grade represent a deepening of understanding and skills. Students understand more about themselves, the world around them, and how they can contribute to making it better.
Sixth through eighth grade is a time of enormous growth in agency and the Middle School program works to empower children through a variety of programs and approaches, such as Student Led Conferences, clubs, Zhang Hengs, and service opportunities.
Our Global Learning Program is a hallmark of the CAIS experience. Outside of pandemic restrictions, our students travel to Taiwan in 5th grade, Guilin in 7th grade, and Yunnan in 8th grade. When faced with travel restrictions, we brought the world to us through the 春FUN Mandarin immersion programming.